Because there are so few treatments for ” DEMENTIA AND ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE” and no available cures, I believe the only solution is to prevent it from happening to each one of us by using and adopting certain lifestyle changes that can prevent it from being a health issue in the first place.  Diet and what we put in our mouth and body are very much part of a successful prevention plan.  There are many changes that can put us on the right path in this regard.  One important key part of this equation is eliminating all GMO foods such as beet sugar, corn and grains that are pervasive in 90% of all processed foods sold in the US.  In terms of your diet and other lifestyle factors, the following suggestions may be among the most important for Alzheimer’s and dementia prevention.   

  • Eat real food:  Avoid as many processed foods in boxes and cans as possible.  Avoid foods grown with chemicals and pesticides.  If possible, change your shopping habits to organic and clean foods.
  • Avoid sugar and High Fructose Corn Syrup:  This GMO sweetener is in 75% of all processed foods under different names.  It is know to cause a variety of health issues.
  • Avoid gluten and casein:  (primarily wheat and pasteurized dairy) Dairy fat such as butter from antibiotic free cows are OK.  Science research shows that your blood-brain barrier is negatively affected by gluten and makes your gut more permeable, which allows proteins into you bloodstream which promotes inflammation and autoimmunity, both of which play a role in Alzheimer’s.
  • Optimize your gut flora:  Eat fermented foods and use a high potency probiotic supplement.
  • Increase consumption of all healthy fats including animal based omega 3’s:  Healthy fats your brain needs includes grass fed raised meats, coconut oil, olive oil, avocado, nuts, free grazing chicken eggs, butter from raw grass fed milk.  Omega 3 fats EPA and DHA prevents cell damage caused by Alzheimer’s and slows the progression process and lowers risk factor.
  • Reduce your overall calorie consumption and/or intermittently fast:  Ketones are mobilized when you replace carbs with coconut oil and other sources of healthy fats.  Intermittent fasting is a powerful tool to jump start your body into remembering how to burn fat and repair the inulin/leptin resistance that is a primary contributing factor for Alzheimer’s.
  • Improve your magnesium levels:  Preliminary research strongly suggests a decrease in Alzheimer symptoms with increased levels of magnesium in the brain.  Unfortunately most magnesium supplements do not pass the blood brain levels, but a new one, magnesium threonate, appears to and holds some promise for the future for treating this condition.
  • Eat a nutritious diet, rich in folate:  Vegetables, without question, are your best form of folate and we should all eat plenty of fresh raw veggies every day.
  • Exercise regularly:  Studies have shown that exercise can trigger a change in the way the amyloid  precursor protein is metabolized and slows down the onset and progression of Alzheimer’s.
  • Optimize your vitamin D3 levels with safe sun exposure:  Sufficient vitamin D3 is imperative for proper functioning of your immune system to combat inflammation that is associated with Alzheimer’s.
  • Avoid and eliminate mercury from your body:  Dental amalgam fillings are 50% mercury by weight and is a major source of toxic heavy mental contamination in the body and can be removed and the fillings replaced.
  • Avoid and eliminate aluminum from your body:  Sources of aluminum include antiperspirants, non-stick cookware, flu vaccines containing (aluminum and mercury).  Mercury and Aluminum are very toxic to our bodies and both have many scientific studies that show a very serious direct link between Alzheimer’s, Dementia and Brain issues.
  • Avoid Statin drugs:  Statin drugs are particularly problematic because they suppress the synthesis of cholesterol, deplete your brain of coenzyme Q10, vitamin K2, and neurotransmitter precursors and prevent adequate delivery of essential fatty acids and fat soluble antioxidants to your brain.
  • Challenge your mind daily:  Mental stimulation, especially learning something new is associated with a decreased risk of Alzheimer’s.  Researchers suspect that mental challenge helps to build up your brain, making it less susceptible to the lesions associated with cognitive disease.  “Sholly Sez!”  

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