- Dementia is an umbrella term for a group of symptoms caused by disorders that affect the brain, according to Dr. Axe.
- Over 5 million people in the U.S. have the most common form of dementia, Alzheimer’s disease.
- Symptoms of dementia often include memory loss and language problems, “along with personality changes, delusions, agitation and less ability to solve problems or control their emotions.”
People should be informed that although dementia risk increases with age, it is not part of the normal aging process. Another vital information is that a stroke can cause dementia.
Lower Your Dementia Risk
- Avoid Allergy Drugs and Other Pills Linked to Dementia If You Can
Medications linked to dementia include common allergy and sleep medications because they are known to have anticholinergic effects. Patients taking anticholinergic drugs suffered from lower brain metabolism and higher brain atrophy.
- Live a Life of Purpose
A study conducted by researchers from Rush University Medical Center found a link between a person’s sense of purpose and dementia risk. Find something, a hobby or a job, that makes you happy and stick with it as it can be very beneficial for your brain.
- Sleep in This “Brain-Friendly” Position
Sleeping on your side could enhance one of the brain’s waste-clearing processes, decreasing the risk for neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. A 2015 study published in the Journal of Neuroscience suggested that the brain’s glymphatic pathway, a complex system that clears wastes and other harmful chemicals from the brain, worked best when people slept on their sides.
- Check If Copper Levels in Your Water Is High
Copper is an essential micromineral that’s good for bone, nerve, and skeletal health. But too much copper can cause the onset of Alzheimer’s, according to a 2013 study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Have your water tested for copper levels if you have copper water pipes.
- Avoid Harsh Pesticides
Pesticides contain Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT), a harmful chemical. It’s best to avoid eating nonorganic produce imported from countries that still use DDT, always buy organic versions.
- Boost Your Vitamin D Levels
Catch the early morning sun and add vitamin D-rich foods into your diet. If you prefer a supplement, opt for the vitamin D3 form, which is more readily available to your body than D2.
- Practice Good Oral Health
There is a strong connection between people with poor oral hygiene and the development of Alzheimer’s disease. If you have a gum disease, bacteria may find its way to the brain, causing inflammation that leads to brain damage.
- Walk 3 Times a Week
Two separate studies in 2017 and 2018 found that walking, cardio exercises in general, improved brain function and thinking skills. With brain scans, researchers found that “people with vascular cognitive impairment show increased neural activity in the parts of their brains that are involved with memory, decision-making and attention.
Source: Dr. Axe