How To Fight Alzheimer's
Alzheimer's Disease is an elephant in the room that people often overlook. Some people are suffering from this dreaded disease. Unfortunately, we don't have a cure for it. But, we can prevent the disease from spreading. According to neurosurgeon Dr. Sanjay Gupta, there are some breakthroughs that can prevent the disease from getting into our brain.
A research in Tulane University revealed that the pre diabetes drug called Metformin can stop Alzheimer's disease. According to the research, Metformin can stop the spike in sugar level in a diabetic's body. Gupta said that too much sugar can create toxic in the brain. Sugar can even damage brain synapses.
Dr. Richard Isaacson, 86 million Americans have pre diabetes. If your hemoglobin and A1C levels are up, then you have to be treated for diabetes.
Researchers in Iran have concluded that the brain is connected to the gut and therefore we have to eat a healthy diet. Ayesha Sherzai said that we should eat more probiotics. A plant based diet can lower inflammation. Probiotics can even improve the mood of the person. Foods that are rich in probiotics are yogurt, kimchi, Kombuca, leafy greens, onions, and leeks.
In relation to the research mentioned above, Dr. Gupta said that turmeric can also alleviate Alzheimer's. In India, there is a low rate of Alzheimer's Disease. There is even a Turmeric Tea that we can do at home. According to Gupta, we should drink this once a day. Here are the ingredients:
Almond milk, Cinnamon, Ginger, Honey.
Dr. Sanjay Gupta recommended to eat a brain bowl which is filled with Mediterranean diet. It includes chickpeas sweet potatoes, hemp, kale, and herbs.
Dr. Oz has shared an Anti Alzheimer's Regimen that can cut the risk of Alzheimer's in the brain. Here is a step by step guide on how to prevent the disease from happening. The acronym to follow is NEURO.
N- Nutrition. According to Dr. Isaacson, we have to cut our carb intake by 10% Substitute white bread for whole wheat. Use whole grain pasta.
E- Exercise. Exercise is good for the body and brain We are lazy when it comes to exercising. But it has multiple effects in our body and mind. Do high intensity interval training. Perform push-ups and yoga.
U- Unwind. Too much stress can wreak havoc in the brain. We should identify our"stressors" and know how to manage them. To keep our minds focused, we should meditate and do some breathing exercises. Have a checklist of your to do list everyday to avoid confusion. Another important factor is sleep. We should get 7 to 8 hours of sleep with consistent bedtime and wake-up time.Take a sleep test to see if you have sleep apnea. This can cause deprivation of oxygen in the brain.
O- Optimize social activity- Keep the mind active by engaging in social activities such as learning a new skill or a new language. Become a member of a social group. This delays cognitive decline.
Dr. Sanjay Gupta found an innovative approach halfway around the world. He went to Netherlands and there is a small community for people living with dementia. It has 4 acres of land and outsiders are not allowed. Their supermarket doesn't allow it's people to purchase with money. There is no price tag in the items. They create a sense of normalcy among its residents. They create a routine for the residents and stick to it. Every single worker is trained to treat people with dementia. They keep the residents active by engaging activities such as baking.
Who would have thought that Alzheimer's Disease can be preventable? The steps are easy to do and can be done not just by the elderly but also the younger crowd.