There are several significant neurological changes that occur during aging. Many of these impair cognitive function, balance, mood, and other critical components of brain health. Increasingly, components of an individual’s lifestyle have been shown to have a major influence on the trajectory of the aging process, most notably that of the brain. A dependence on carbohydrate metabolism, an increase in insulin resistance, and a combination of a variety of pro-inflammatory dietary factors may contribute to an accelerated cognitive decline in older adults. Diets that promote metabolic flexibility through intermittent fasting, nutritional ketosis, and/or simply a lower carbohydrate content possess the potential to mitigate neurological aging. A variety of endogenously produced molecules as well as those found in many whole, plant foods, offer additional anti-inflammatory and brain supportive attributes.
References: Nutrition and the Aging Brain References
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