Since there is no conventional cure for Dementia, a potential precursor to Alzheimer’s, the issue of prevention is absolutely critical. Evidence points to lifestyle factors as the driving forces behind these terrible cognitive diseases. Several renown neurologists have issued statements that avoidance of good fats, carbohydrate over consumption and processed foods, may very well be some of the issues causing these growing mental health problems. The following list of basic nutritional strategies will help keep your brain healthy as you age:
- Avoid sugar and refined fructose: Keep sugar levels below 25 grams per day and avoid all artificial sweeteners, especially aspartame.
- Avoid gluten, margarine and casein. These foods cause inflammation.
- Optimize your gut flora by eating fermented foods and using probiotics.
- Reduce overall calorie consumption, and/or fast intermittently which teaches your body how to burn fat.
- Increase consumption of healthy fats, including animal bases omega-3 fats from sources of wild caught fish.
- Improve your magnesium level naturally from high nutrient foods.
- Eat a nutritious diet rich in folate and zinc.
- Avoid environmental toxins and chemicals as much as possible. Avoid GMO foods and herbicides like glyphosate (Round-up).
Other Lifestyle Guidelines That Help Protect Your Brain
- Regular exercise and minimize setting: Exercise supports your brain by helping it produce new neurons.
- Get plenty of restorative sleep: Poor sleeping habits cause brain damage and may accelerate onset of Alzheimer’s.
- Optimize your vitamin D levels.
- Manage your stress levels.
- Eliminate mercury from your body.
- Eliminate aluminum from your body.
- Avoid flu vaccines.
- Avoid drugs like anticholinergics, statins and benzodiazepines. Statin drugs deplete your brain of CO Q-10 and prevent fatty acids from reaching your brain.
- Challenge your mind daily. “Sholly Sez!”