Alzheimer’s Disease has plagued many families and an increasing number of people are looking into how to prevent it for themselves and their loved ones.
Luckily, there are many methods we are already aware of that can keep your brain sharp. Research is showing that physical activity and lifestyle choices have a great deal to do with preventing Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. They were once thought to be a normal part of aging rather than pure genetics. But if you have a family member with Alzheimer’s, don’t fret — it doesn’t necessarily mean you will follow the same path.
So, what can you do to break the cycle and prevent Alzheimer’s?
Don’t stall in taking action. Even if you are older (like in your 60s or 70s) you can reverse some of the damage done to your brain through poor diet, inactivity, or damaging lifestyle choices.
Scientists are discovering that the brain can repair itself and you change its patterns, as long as you are consistent with your efforts.
Try These Things Starting Today!
1. Learn New Things. There are many online sites available now providing really great mental exercises you can do that are very effective at keeping your brain sharp. However you can also do it just by continuing to learn and memorize new things. Practice working at different kinds of tasks.
2. Focus on eating well and take vitamins if needed. You may have heard this over and over again, but really, it makes a gigantic difference! Antioxidants found in fruit and vegetables are essential. It’s also good to cut out dairy products, get in healthy fats (think avocados), and enough healthy protein. The Mediterranean diet has been said to be one of the healthiest there is, so this is worth looking into. Supplements can also be a great idea — just be sure to do your research, look at what studies have said are beneficial for keeping the brain functioning optimally, and purchase a reputable brand.
3. Exercise. Aside from increasing blood flow throughout the body, exercise has also been found to stimulate production growth factors, which are molecules produced by the body to repair nerves. Ideally you should get 30 minutes of aerobic exercise at least 3-4 days per week.
4. Don’t eat as much cholesterol. It’s not uncommon for people with early Alzheimer’s symptoms to have experienced small strokes that damaged the brain’s neurotransmitters. By keeping cholesterol levels in check, the arteries are free and clear of plaque that can cause stroke.
5. Avoid smoking. Enough said!
If you do all of these things, you can keep yourself healthy in all ways and increase your chances that you can avoid disease.