World Alzheimer's Day
Tips to prevent Alzheimers
The new epidemic in today’s day and age is twofold; Alzheimer’s disease and age-related dementia. The statistics themselves are sobering. Before the age of 65 the odds of developing age-related dementia are only one in 20, but after the age of 65 the risk of developing dementia doubles every five years. That being said, there is a lot we can do to protect our brain against dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
What is Alzheimers
Alzheimer's disease is a neurological disorder in which the death of brain cells causes memory loss and cognitive decline. A neurodegenerative type of dementia, the disease starts mild and gets progressively worse.
Were talking about good fats. Coconut oil ( traditionally used in Indian cooking ) cold-water fish, butter, omega-3 fatty acids, grass-fed meats and olive oil are just a few ways you can get more good fats into your diet. Your brain is made up primarily of fat (more than 80 per cent) so one of the easiest ways to help your brain out is to give it what it relies on the most.
There is a term called neurogenesis, which is the formation of new neurons ( nerve cells ) in our brain. This can happen in two places in the adult brain, the olfactory centre and the hypothalamus. Neurogenesis in the hypothalamus has been shown to be altered by exercise. Set your routine for three, 20-minute walks a week to start. Your brain will thank you.
Stimulate Your Brain
Crossword puzzles, maths, sudoko puzzles and new activities ,new hobbies like learning a language or an instrument are fantastic for encouraging processing speed and preventing memory loss. Keep lighting up those brain connections by challenging your brain.
Have a Healthy Heart
Help out your brain by helping out your heart. High blood pressure, mid-life obesity, diabetes, smoking and lack of exercise have all been associated with increasing your risk of Alzheimer’s. They’ve also all been associated with heart disease. By controlling our blood pressure, maintaining a good weight and exercising and not smoking, we can help keep our hearts healthy. Those same activities also help minimize our dementia risks. The body and the brain are linked so move your body to keep your mind alert.