Midnight munchies could lead to dementia
It’s a hard habit to kick. You’re tucked in with the TV on…and then you decide to get up…and grab a pint of ice cream and a spoon.
Or, maybe it’s a little late night grazing through the leftovers in the fridge…a little bit of this…a little bit of that…and by the time you’re done, you’ve eaten your fourth meal of the day.
Late-night snacking is never healthy no matter what it is you’re eating, and a new study on mice finds that eating during the off-hours takes a toll on the brain.
In a series of experiments, mice fed during normal meal hours were able to remember newly-learned information – but mice fed during what would normally be their sleep hours struggled.
And in addition to short-term memory loss, mice that were fed when they should’ve been sleeping also showed signs of long-term memory problems over time.
You’re not a mouse, of course. But your own memories are formed and stored in much the same way.
Information in your brain travels through nerve pathways to a region called the hippocampus, which kind of acts like a hard drive for memory storage. But when you eat at night, those nerve pathways don’t quite work right and your hippocampus doesn’t store everything correctly.
The study also finds that nighttime eating cuts the activity of a brain-related protein called CREB (cAMP response element-binding protein), which is important to forming new memories. Reduced CREB activity doesn’t just mean forgetting a few things – it’s even been linked to Alzheimer’s disease.
So along with sticking to the routine of three squares at the usual times, make sure you enjoy a healthy diet rich in brain-boosting nutrients such as B vitamins and omega-3 fatty acids.
There’s one easy-to-follow diet with naturally high levels of these essentials, and studies prove it can cut the risk of dementia. You can read all about it in this free report from my House Calls archives.
Along with changing your eating habits, it’s time to rethink what you drink.