“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.
Dr. Amen says that every 58 seconds someone is diagnosed with a new case of Alzheimer’s.
He also said if you live until you’re 85 you have a 50% risk of being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or some form of dementia.
Sad and scary!
In addition to what you eat, an unhealthy lifestyle can lead to Alzheimer’s as well.
This got me thinking.
Does anyone ever ask, “how’s the blood flow to your brain doing“?
I doubt it.
Many people are suffering from cognitive decline issues because of decreased blood flow to the brain.
Is there a way to delay or reverse symptoms of Alzheimers?
The answer is “yes” and sorry, you may need to make some 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?
It’s suggested that we have SPECT scans because the sooner we know what our brain looks like, the sooner we can change the things within our ability to alter.
The SPECT scan measures blood flow in your brain.
Watch the important video below as Dr. Amen speaks about ways you can increase blood flow to your brain.
It’s eye opening and packed with excellent information.
According to the video, there are positive things you can do for your brain.
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. Other coordination sports are tennis and basketball. It’s good to take dance classes such as ballroom dancing, tap or jazz too!
- 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.
- 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, protect against depression, other mood disorders, and schizophrenia, and fight age-related cognitive decline due to dementia.
- 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 such as sunscreen, steal your hormones.
- Get enough sleep
Sleep deprivation can impact focus, mood and memory, but they can be improved with better quality sleep more often.
- Eliminate sugar
The hormone, Cortisol can be increased with a high intake of sugar, which can interfere with memory function.
- Lose weight
Being overweight 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 is always better than treatment!
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Remember to check with your doctor, naturopath or nutritional therapist before making diet or lifestyle changes!
Do you lead a healthy lifestyle?
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Here’s where you can get Dr. Amen’s book “Memory Rescue“.