“Having good health is up to you.”Dr. David Bernstein
Dr. Bernstein clearly believes this and states it in his book, The Power of 5, Ultimate Formula for Longevity and Remaining Youthful. We all have so many eating preferences and tastes, likes and dislikes, and a multitude of choices when it comes to what we eat. The beginning of a new year is filled with promises – hopes that we can reach or maintain the goals we have set for ourselves.
Find a healthy eating plan and stick to it. Dr. B has always recommended a Mediterranean diet. According to U.S. News and World Report, the tried-and-true Mediterranean diet rises to take the top honor among numerous eating plans. We couldn’t be happier with this validation for our patients and followers.
So why is following a Mediterranean diet so beneficial? Here’s why … a Mediterranean diet focuses on eating foods high in Omega-3’s fish oil and healthy fats such as nuts, olive oil, grains, legumes, fruits and vegetables. Additionally, red wine can be included.
1. It’s good for your gut.
One study found that people who follow the Mediterranean diet had a higher population of good bacteria in their microbiome (“these are the microorganisms in a particular environment (including the body or a part of the body). We depend on a vast army of microbes to stay alive: a microbiome that protects us against germs, breaks down food to release energy, and produces vitamins”), compared to those who ate a traditional Western diet. Researchers noted an increase in eating plant-based foods like vegetables, fruits, and legumes upped the good bacteria by seven percent!
2. It slows down the aging process.
Including all the delicious anti-inflammatory foods like olive oil, leafy greens, and nuts in your diet, the Mediterranean diet protects the body against oxidative stress and inflammation – both of which are keys to slowing down the aging process. Fantastic news for your entire body – especially your brain!
3. It has special benefits for post-menopausal women.
More good news … the Mediterranean diet has even been linked to positively impacting muscle mass and bone health in post-menopausal women. Again, the main reason is the increased intake of plant-based foods and decreased meat consumption that’s core to the eating plan.
In 2019 if you are not already enjoying the benefits of a Mediterranean diet, move in that direction with baby steps, one week at a time. To get started, reference Dr. Bernstein’s latest book The Power of 5. Part two of the book provides actionable steps, including heart-friendly recipes to kick-start your journey to a better, healthier life. It is designed to promote a lifestyle change towards healthy eating, NOT dieting!
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To a healthy, happier life, and healthy eating in 2019!
Melissa and Dr. Bernstein