Can We Delay or Stop Alzheimer’s Disease?

Can We Delay or Stop Alzheimer's Disease?

It feels helpless to witness someone who is suffering with Alzheimer’s.

“People who have a simple, carbohydrate-based diet (bread, pasta, potatoes, rice, fruit juice and sugar) have a 400% increased risk of getting Alzheimer’s disease. New research has also linked a sugar-laden diet to Alzheimer’s disease, which some scientists are now calling “type 3 diabetes” according to Double Board-Certified Psychiatrist, Dr. Daniel Amen, MD.

An unhealthy lifestyle can lead to Alzheimer’s as well.

Dr. Amen says that every 58 seconds someone is diagnosed with a new case of Alzheimer’s, and if you live to age 85, there’s a 50% risk of being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or some form of Dementia.

This got me thinking.

Does anyone ever ask,”how’s the blood flow to your brain doing“?

I doubt it.

Cognitive decline is caused by decreased blood flow to the brain.


Cognitive Decline!

Can we reverse Alzheimer’s Disease?

Daniel Amen says “yes” however, it may require dietary and lifestyle adjustments.

If there’s a chance to help stop cognitive decline by prevention methods, why wouldn’t we all want to do it if it meant living a long quality life?

To see what our brains look like, Dr. Amen suggests SPECT scans.

The SPECT scan measures blood flow in your brain.

Below, Dr. Amen speaks about ways you can increase blood flow to your brain!

It’s eye opening and packed with excellent information.


 

Positive Brain Ideas!


 

Diet and Exercise!

  • Exercise
    Exercise (especially aerobic exercise) increases your heart rate, which pumps more oxygen to the brain. If you walk, act like you’re late for an appointment.
  • Take Ginko
    Ginko helps increase the amount of blood that flows to the brain, which gets the oxygen and resources it needs to work as efficiently and effectively as possible.
  • Include Cayenne Pepper in your diet
    Cayenne pepper increases circulation and causes your brain to release endorphins which helps to boost mood.
  • Include Rosemary in your diet
    Rosemary contains compounds that stimulate brain function, and increase blood flow. It can enhance levels of concentration, improve memory and help digestion.
  • Coordination Exercises
    Exercises that require coordination activate the cerebellum, which enhances cognitive flexibility, thinking, and processing speed. The best brain sport is ping pong. Playing tennis, basketball, ballroom dancing, tap or jazz, are good for coordination as well!
  • Follow an anti Inflammatory diet
    If your brain is inflamed you may experience symptoms including memory loss, anxiety, irritability, depression, anger, and fatigue. An Anti Inflammatory diet could help decrease inflammation in the brain.
  • Add beets to your diet
    Beets produce nitric oxide and has an impact on increasing blood flow to the brain.
  • Eliminate sugar
    The hormone, Cortisol can be increased with a high intake of sugar, which can interfere with memory function.
  • Avoid processed foods
    Processed foods can cause decline in cognitive function as they lack vital nutrients that help the brain process new information, and retain information.
  • Get your Omega 3s
    Omega 3s with DHA and EPA (which you can get through safe fish or supplements) improve learning and memory. They offer protection against depression, other mood disorders, and schizophrenia.


Other Brain Ideas!

  • Engage in lifelong learning
    Lifelong learning can slow the progression of diseases that impact the brain. The more you use and strengthen your brain, the less of a chance it will atrophy.
  • Avoid toxins
    Repeated exposure to toxins (perfumes, household cleaners, paint, pesticides, etc.) can increase susceptibility for developing mild cognitive impairment, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Avoid hormone disrupting products
    Parabens and phthalates that are in makeup and lotions steal your hormones.
  • Get enough sleep
    Sleep deprivation impacts focus, mood and memory, and can be improved with better quality sleep.
  • Lose weight
    Being a heavier person shrinks the brain. As a person’s weight goes up above the healthy range, the size of the brain decreases.
  • Get your Vitamin D
    There’s a risk of developing dementia if you have low levels of vitamin D. Optimal levels can boost brain function and improve mood. Optimal levels should be between 60 and 100.
  • Eliminate Alcohol
    Heavy long-term use of alcohol impairs brain function over time, making it vulnerable to a degenerative process.
  • Cut out caffeine and nicotine
    Caffeine and nicotine decrease blood flow to the brain.


Prevention!

You can download the Think Dirty or EWG’s Healthy Living apps, to help replace harmful products with healthy ones.

Just type in the name of the product or input the bar code.

Your brain will thank you!

 

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