by Wes Maxwell, Natural News:
Brain disorders, including memory loss, are some of the highest-ranking health concerns afflicting the world today. According to research conducted by the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Summit, someone gets diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or dementia every three seconds.
Aside from being the sixth leading cause of death in the world, Alzheimer’s inflicts pain on more than 35 million people and their families each year.
While no definitive cure for Alzheimer’s exists, the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Summit offers numerous ways to help prevent, slow down, and even reverse the effects of these debilitating diseases.
Six pillars of Alzheimer’s prevention
The first pillar is making sure to exercise regularly. According to HelpGuide.org, “[R]egular physical exercise can reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer’s by up to 50 percent.” Studies have shown that exercise helps defend the brain against the onset of Alzheimer’s by stimulating brain activity, thus slowing down deterioration associated with regularly occurring cognitive problems.
The second pillar focuses on maintaining a healthy diet. Sometimes called “diabetes of the brain,” Alzheimer’s can be greatly affected by what you put into your body. “Poor food choices can create all kinds of hormonal changes and imbalances that lead to brain fog, poor memory and cognitive function decline,” Peter Osborne, DACBN, PscD, said. Doctors recommend eating a Mediterranean diet, consisting of vegetables, beans, whole grains, fish, and olive oil, and focusing on the consumption of healthy fats, like omega-3s, to reduce the creation of beta-amyloid plaques in the brain. Also avoiding trans fats and saturated fats can help reduce inflammation and the production of free radicals in the body, which have been known to cause extra stress on the brain.
Furthermore, constant mental stimulation has been linked to slowing down and reversing the onset of dementia and other memory loss related brain disorders, making it the third pillar of Alzheimer’s prevention. Studies have shown people with an inclination to continue learning and challenging themselves throughout life are far less likely to develop Alzheimer’s and other debilitating brain diseases. Therefore, make it a point to stay mentally active, and take part in activities that require communicative interaction, organization skills, and multi-tasking, as they provide the greatest measurements of Alzheimer’s protection.
Ensuring you get optimal amounts of quality sleep further helps stave off the onset of Alzheimer’s and dementia. The fourth pillar of our list, quality uninterrupted sleep is one of the body’s most efficient ways to flush out unwanted toxins in the brain. According to HelpGuide.org, “[S]tudies have linked poor sleep to higher levels of beta-amyloid, a sticky brain-clogging protein that in turn further interferes with sleep – especially with the deep sleep necessary for memory formation.”
Additionally, the fifth pillar of Alzheimer’s prevention, stress management, has been shown to significantly minimize the likelihood of developing dementia and other memory loss related brain disorders. Stress takes a huge toll on the brain. When the brain experiences regular levels of chronic or severe stress, nerve cell growth within the hippocampus, an area of the brain associated with memory, is greatly debilitated. There are lots of easy ways to help manage stress levels, and prevent damage to brain cells affecting memory. Schedule routine relaxation activities, maintain a sense of humor, and be sure to make having fun every now and then a priority.
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