With Alzheimer’s disease at epidemic numbers with over five million Americans living with the disease, it is important to be aware that there is a prevention strategy of incorporating a healthy lifestyle. Good news…your brain is not “programmed” to shrink and fail as a matter of course as you age. Nourish your brain with food & learning.
Stimulate your neurons by enriching your life with continued learning as this will build new pathways in your brain. Forget the status quo and try something new.
As we age, metabolism slows down, and one needs less food to fuel the body. Making the right choices for meals is crucial. Eat balanced organic meals to receive the appropriate nutrients while keeping the toxicity levels low. Reduce and avoid empty calories such as sugary drinks and sweets that are void of beneficial vitamins, minerals and healthy fats.
Consuming fewer carbohydrates and replace with higher amounts of healthful fats. Eating healthy fats found in salmon, avocado, organic virgin olive oil, coconut oil, sardines, flax, and nuts help starve off depression, enrich concentration, focus and memory. These healthy fats are beneficial to your heart and brain. Reduce your sodium intake since blood pressure can rise as you get older. Eating more potassium rich foods like spinach, dried apricots, kidney beans, baked potatoes with skin, can help lessen the effect of salt and keep your blood pressure lower.
Gluten intolerance is involved in most chronic diseases involving the brain and immune system. Keeping your gut flora balanced, and gastrointestinal tract strong is necessary. Quality probiotics can assist with the balance. In addition, one should keep their sugar intake low as research shows that elevated blood sugar is linked to brain shrinkage.
Exercise in the form of walking, jogging, yoga, and low-impact exercises strengthen your muscles, supporting your joints and lessen pain. Regular strength training with light weights builds muscles and can reverse aging in muscles of older people. Another added benefit for exercise is that studies show it can lower your risk of Alzheimer’s as it boosts blood flow to the brain and creates new brain cells. Just thirty minutes of walking or biking five days a week can make a positive impact.
Being social with friends and family helps your mind stay sharp as you engage in others’ lives boosting sharper thinking and lower risk of memory problems and heart disease.
Studies showed that health, finance and one’s purpose dictated their quality of life.
Even if you have not been healthy during your earlier years, that’s okay. Today is a new day, and you can make changes now to improve your health and well-being.