Begin at any age…
Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) is a form of neurodegeneration. We have all heard about it and possibly observed it with parents or grandparents. Drugs for the most part have failed or made the AD worse. The deficient diet most people eat or grew up on is high in starchy, carbohydrate, plant based foods such as wheat, potatoes, and corn. These foods have a lower phytonutrient and antioxidant content than other plant based foods. These foods have an effect on the brain over time.
How many times has corn been served as a vegetable? It is a grain, not a vegetable. Decades of high carbohydrate food intake can lead to an interference in proper brain function (memory, emotions, behavior, and cognition). This interference with the needed “fuel delivery” for the brain is the body improperly handling carbohydrates. A refined carbohydrate diet, lifestyle stress, insufficient sleep, and reduced exercise all lead to the body’s inability to process carbohydrates properly, contributing to AD. AD does not occur overnight. AD gradually occurs as the brain reduces its ability to use dietary fuel, especially carbohydrates.
NINE STEPS for PREVENTING ALZHEIMER’S
- Eating of whole unprocessed foods
- Low intake of sugars and refined carbs
- Generous intake of omega-3 fatty acids, especially DHA and natural fats
- Low glycemic vegetables and fruits rich in phytonutrients and antioxidants
- Avoid chemically manipulated-packed foods
- Avoid easily oxidized and pro-inflammatory seed oils
- Regular aerobic exercise and muscle building activities
- Stress reduction
- Adequate sleep
With the above approach, as carbohydrates, sugars, etc. are reduced in the diet, high quality fats are increased for fuel for the body. There is a long history of this type of diet being effective for many disorders of the central nervous system, including Alzheimer’s Disease. Besides diet, certain supplements and lifestyle changes assist with brain health, no matter how old you may be. I suggest not waiting until you are 50 or 60 to start an excellent wellness program which includes brain health. Don’t know where to start? Contact me by email or phone at 319-631-0824.
Read more about preventing Alzheimer’s in the e-book: The Alzheimer’s Antidote by Amy Berger.