- Mental Health
A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Lose
Prevention is the Key
According to a recent survey, Alzheimer's is one of the diseases we fear the most. It tops the list over heart disease, stroke and diabetes. If you are looking for some information on how to stop or even reverse brain aging then these surprising ways just might help you overcome the risk of Alzheimer's disease or dementia.
Start taking 500 mg of Vitamin C along with 400 IU of Vitamin E a day. These nutrients are quickly absorbed by the brain cells where they help to clean out free radicals and replace the aging brain cells. Also taking 400 mg of curcumin daily helps to slow the progression of Alzheimer's by removing plaque building in the brain.
Another study has shown that eating two servings of tuna a week helps to relieve cellular inflammation. Other seafood rich in omega-3 fatty acids will also do the trick. Another way to cut your Alzheimer's risk is to cut out as little as 15 grams of saturated fat a day from your diet (about 3 ounces of cheese).
Resveratrol, an antioxidant found in the skin of red grapes and in peanuts is another simple way to block cell damaging inflammation. It also inhibits the formation of sticky deposits in the brain. If grapes and peanuts are not to your liking you can always take 100 mg of resveratrol as a daily supplement. Another piece of information to note about reseratrol is that it helps to reduce the risk of heart disease.
Your brain's memory center functions best on three servings a day of whole grains. These grains can be either oatmeal, brown rice of 100% whole grain breads. Eating too much white flour and sugar will actually shrink your hippocampus! And another side effect of eating too many processed carbs is that they damage the essential brain structure as a result of the spike in your blood sugar. Eating whole grains means that your blood sugar won't fluctuate as much as it takes longer for your body to digest them.
Recent research indicated that that people struggling with early signs of memory loss can reverse their symptoms within three months by simply drinking 10 ounces of blueberry juice a day! Blueberries are full of antioxidants which helps to repair and heal aging brain cells.
Books on Alzheimers
Alzheimer’s is a degenerative and terminal disease that was first discovered by Alois Alzhiemer in 1902, a German psychiatrist. There are many common symptoms although each sufferer may have different experiences with the disease. Very often the early diagnosis can be thought to be age related or even signs of stress. The most common symptom is the loss of memory or the difficulty in remembering facts. A brain scan can usually determine if it is Alzheimer disease.
The sad part of Alzheimer is that as the disease advances, symptoms of confusion, irritability, aggression, mood swings as well as language breakdown can occur. After awhile minor or even major bodily function will decline which in time will ultimately lead to the death of the sufferer. Alzhiemer’s can go undiagnosed for many years before the disease becomes apparent. The life expectancy following a diagnosis is approximately seven years with less than three percent living more than fourteen years.
The cause of Alzheimer’s is still not well understood although there is ongoing research that indicates that the disease may be associated with plaque build ups in the brain. There is also some indication that our modern lifestyle of eating too much processed foods can contribute to the onset of the disease.
Microbiologist Dr. Robert O. Young believes that “There is only one sickness and that is the over-acidification of the body due primarily to an inverted way of living, thinking, and eating. As a result there can be only one remedy and treatment, and that is to alkalize the body and break the cycle of imbalance, thus allowing us to experience the energy, vitality and true health we’re all meant to have.”
Books About the Brain
Books on Alzheimer's Disease
Easy Brain Protection
Did you know that exercising for just 20 minutes a day can help your brain and cut your risk of future memory problems? Exercise actually stimulates a chemical that help to speed up the building of healthy new brain cells. We all live busy lives and often they are filled with stress so doing exercise on a regular basis can help protect the brain's memory centers from damaging hormones that are released when we are under too much stress. Did you get your 20 minutes of exercise today?
Do you Have A Poor Memory?
If you do there are some underlying conditions that might be contribution to your poor memory. Ask your doctor to check the following:
- Using over the counter sleep medication
- Having a sluggish thyroid
- Check for low blood sugar
- If you experience blue moods or feelings of depression
- If you experience sleep apnea
- Some prescriptions drugs can affect your memory
There are lots of ways to help protect your brain, these are just a few.
Useful Alzheimer's Link
- Alzheimer's Disease Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment by MedicineNet.com
Learn about Alzheimer's disease, a common cause of dementia. Symptoms and warning signs include: memory loss, difficulty performing familiar tasks, disorientation to time and place, misplacing things, and more.
- DASNI: Dementia Advocacy and Support Network International
Dementia Advocacy and Support Network International (DASNI) is a worldwide organization by and for those diagnosed with dementia, working together to improve our quality of life.
- Learn About Dementia Symptoms, Types, Stages & Signs Of Dementia - DementiaGuide.com
Dementia Guide: Dementia Information With Tools To Help People Understand Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia Symptoms Such As Acetylcholine.
- Dementia Causes, Types, Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment and Prevention on MedicineNet.com
Learn about the types of dementia, and what causes it, the symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of this progressive disease.
- Know the 10 Signs
There are 10 warning signs of Alzheimer's disease. Along with the advice of a doctor, these signs are critical to detecting Alzheimer's.
- Alzheimer's Disease Fact Sheet
Alzheimers disease is an irreversible, progressive brain disease that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills, and eventually even the ability to carry out the simplest tasks. In most people with Alzheimers, symptoms first appear after age 60.
- Alzheimer's Association | Home
The Alzheimers Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimers disease through the advancement of research.
- Alzheimer's Disease: MedlinePlus
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the most common form of dementia among older people. Dementia is a brain disorder that seriously affects a person's ability to carry out daily activities.