Alzheimer’s disease affects millions of people. For most of us, our brains are sharp as dictionaries until we get into our 40s or 50s. When we get around this age, we may start to encounter memory loss, but scientists have figured out a way to combat this disease from ever entering into our lives. Researchers are looking at a healthy lifestyle that includes exercise and a nutritious diet to keep our brains strong. They believe that if we exercise regularly and get our share of fruits and vegetables, then we will not have to encounter this damaging disease.
And, perhaps they are right. The biggest concern of the researchers is the fatty and starchy foods in our diet. It’s known that too much of these foods can lead to heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Let us not forget our brain, however, which is one of the most important organs in our body. When we consume too much fat into our body, our brain produces a biochemical that processes severe inflammation. In retrospect, we suffer as a result because our health is not that great. We tend to gain weight or encounter diseases that we did not have before; all of this is preventable by a healthy diet.
Likewise, do not be a hurry to give up your coffee. A study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease found that drinking 3-5 cups of coffee a day was beneficial to fighting this heart-breaking disease. It may delay the onset of Alzheimer’s by 2-4 years, due to its antioxidants that it has within it. As with everything, drink coffee in moderation. You do not want to get too jittery.
Researchers have also found that those keeping their brain active are at a reduced risk for Alzheimer’s disease. There are several ways to do this. I tend to enjoy putting my brain to work with logic puzzles and Sudoku puzzles. For others, there may be crosswords or word searches. I use several applications on my iPad that test my memory, concentration and so on through brain games. It is important to do these puzzles on a daily basis to keep your brain cells stimulated and alert. These techniques are going to keep your brain young!
Furthermore, consider mediating for 12 minutes a day. Sit in a quiet room and just focus on relaxation. This is a great way to distress after running around with the kids or a busy day at the office. Studies show that is a fantastic way to improve circulation in seniors and that it helps reenergize the brain. In addition, it helps with boosting your mood and getting in touch with your mental and physical health. Studies show that after two months, those with Alzheimer’s disease have better cognitive thinking.
The best way to prevent Alzheimer’s disease, above all, is to get a full night’s sleep. I am talking the full eight hours here. Studies show that a full night’s rest keeps your brain healthy. They found that regular levels of the hormone melatonin might avoid plague from forming on the brain. This is why it is crucial to get at least eight hours of sleep per night. While most of us do not get this much, we should certainly give it a strong effort.
Alzheimer’s is one of the worse diseases. It is a loss of memory and in particular, a loss of identity. In its final stages, it turns into dementia and gets really scary for the patient. I have witnessed it first-hand a couple of times and it is not fun. There are ways to prevent it, however, and all of us should take advantage of it. We should want to keep our brains healthy. My grandparents are nearing 90 and both of them are as sharp as dictionaries. All of us can be that way if we take these preventable steps when we are young. Let us join the effort and fight this terrible disease!