Help In Preventing Alzheimers
A set of recent studies have produced encouraging results pertaining to whether preventing Alzheimers actually has merit or if it is something that we can leave to chance. Fortunately, it seems there is evidence to suggest that something can indeed be done to lower one’s risk of contacting Alzheimer’s disease later in life and the steps you take today can have a significant bearing over your brain health as you age. There are also other studies that show you can slow down the process if you are found with Alzheimer's.
Doctors talk about six critical areas that can help in preventing Alzheimers disease for seniors who are looking to age gracefully. In no particular order, these areas include a healthy diet, regular exercise, regular and quality sleep, proper stress management, an active social lifestyle, and adequate mental stimulation. These areas are borne out of considerable research which seems to show that the keys to preventing Alzheimers lies in adopting healthy lifestyle choices that strengthen both the body and the brain giving it sufficient “mettle” to combat, or at the very worst retard, the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.
A healthy diet is something that you are recommended in every lifestyle management article or seminar and for good reason; the best diets will nourish your body with the proper amount of essential nutrients that help to strengthen cells, tissues and body systems most notably the brain. In the case of preventing Alzheimers, the most important nutrients include omega-3 fats from seafoods like salmon, mackerel, tuna, and sardines. Tea and fruits and vegetables are also excellent sources of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals which regulate body processes allowing the body to flush out toxins and heal itself accordingly.
Regular exercise is another critical area that can help in preventing Alzheimers. Aside from the obvious benefit with regard to physical health, exercise is also an intangible vehicle for giving one a mood boost, reduce stress, improve memory and increase physical energy which are all crucial in allowing the body to perform at its optimum.
Other factors in preventing Alzheimers are also essential components towards overall health. A good sleep gives the brain enough time to “reset” at the end of the day while sleep deprivation is a primary culprit for memory loss, mood swings, and loss of cognitive functions.
Stress management, in the same way, helps to alleviate the pressure from the brain by making sure you have enough time to adopt your body to conditions that bring stress. It’s important to remember that stress is not only a psychological idea, rather stress has physical manifestations in the form of hormonal secretions like cortisol that disrupt brain and bodily functions if concentrations in the body exceed a certain threshold. Limiting cortisol secretions will allow the brain to function better by not impeding nerve cell growth and many other functions.
Finally, active social lifestyles and mental stimulation allow the brain to be constantly active and engaged so that neural connections are continually used. Dormant neural connections could potentially pave the way for Alzheimers because these can dull over time and are consistent with observed physical manifestations of Alzheimer’s disease in the brain tissue of patients.
These are simple yet crucial areas to be cultivated to aid in preventing Alzheimers. Always strive to work on these areas however possible so you can be assured of preventing Alzheimers disease as you grow and age.
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