In Tuesday's New York Times, there was an article that appeared to be about Beagles titled It Can Be Done: Scientists Teach Old Dogs New Tricks. My friend Jasie sent it to me, I assumed, because she knew I grew up with a Beagle (Rosie) and still have a sweet-spot for these little rascals of the canine world. So of course I was instantly drawn in, curling up on my morning chair with my tea, already giggling as I read the first words.
I must have skipped over the phrases like "get the right diet" and "rich in antioxidants" in the first paragraph because it took me some time to realize I was reading more about eating well, and less about Beagles My personal interests blinded me from information that would be useful for my professional interests. It wasn't the first time.
Interestingly enough, it appears that eating well, especially later in life, is beneficial for not only the body, but the mind too. The dogs who were given a healthy diet showed less mental decline as they aged over a two-year period than those given the regular diet. To top it all off, those whose lives includes an "enriched diet" and an "enriched environment" (exercise, companionship, etc.) were even better off.
Whether or not you want your Beagle to be any smarter than she already is, is another question. There were days when Rosie figured out how to tip over the garbage can, or climb on the kitchen counter to eat the Thanksgiving turkey when I would've done anything to shave off a few IQ points from her brain.
For the rest of us humans, I think it's encouraging to see actual hard evidence that living well, and I realize that's a loose term, is beneficial. It's also refreshing to see a study that doesn't focus on living longer; instead it focuses on living better. Quality, not quantity.
It doesn't just feel good to nourish ourselves, it actually is good. skgr