Today, many of us are facing challenges that can be stressful, overwhelming, and cause strong emotions. Feeling isolated and lonely can increase stress and make it hard to focus. To take care of yourself and combat brain fog the CDC suggests, first and foremost, to “Eat a healthy diet”. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics stresses the importance of fruit, vegetables, whole grains, and all the other “superfoods” to maintain optimal health.

The Mediterranean diet has long been praised for its benefits towards cognitive productivity. A diet rich in vegetables, whole grains, nuts and olive oil is thought to protect the brain and help improve memory. More a lifestyle than a “diet,” the Mediterranean diet is based on the traditional cuisines of Greece, Italy and other countries that border the Mediterranean Sea.

By now, we all know that processed bread, sugars, and refined grains can cause heart issues later in life. There are a number of nutrients that older adults should focus on in order to maintain health and longevity. The first one is dietary fiber – though it’s great for those of all ages, it’s known to actually decrease heart disease and type 2 diabetes in populations 60 and older.

Whole grains, such as bulgur wheatare rich in many of the B vitamins that work to reduce inflammation of the brain, potentially preserving your memory. Whole grains are packed with nutrients including protein, fiber, B vitamins, antioxidants, and trace minerals (iron, zinc, copper, and magnesium). A diet rich in whole grains has also been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and some forms of cancer. Bulgur is made from whole grain and is a nutritious, versatile wheat product with a pleasant, nut-like flavor.

To maintain, and improve, a healthy heart and healthy mind, eliminate processed carbohydrates, processed sugars, and processed meats from your diet – basically fresh whole food is always the way to go.