Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia and there are 850.000 with this disease in the UK. The numbers are set to rise to over 1 million by 2025 and by 2051 it will rise to 2 million (facts taken from the Alzheimer’s society)
Our brain is the command centre of everything and keeping this healthy is imperative. There are things we can do to keep the brain healthy and correctly nourished.
Preventative Foods for Alzheimer's
What can we use as a preventative, or to help support and heal. DHA, is a component of the omega 3 fatty acids which can slow down the progression of Alzheimer’s and by eating or including things like eggs, wild salmon which is a good oily fish, tuna steaks, soaked walnuts and sea vegetables are also a good source of whole food which contain good sources of minerals.
Including raw butter, why? Because when you think about it, breast milk is around 50% of raw fat. This type of produce in raw form, is far better that anything homogenised. There are some sites that show you how to make raw butter, check out YouTube.
Consider keeping a healthy weight and do some natural exercise, like walking to a corner shop instead of driving, taking up a hobby that you may enjoy doing, like salsa dancing, swimming, things that give you pleasure, just as long as you don’t lead a sedentary lifestyle day in and day out.
Aluminium has also been lined with Alzheimer’s. Doctors have found concentration of aluminium in the brains of people who have died of this disease, and minimising things like aluminium cookware, foil, toothpaste’s, buffered aspirin, antacids and antiperspirants, these all contain aluminium. Try to minimise the use of these products. For example, instead of using foil use grease proof paper, use stainless steel instead of aluminium etc.
Mercury is another metal we have exposure to, for example amalgam fillings, these leek over time and may be a factor of neurological damage. If you eat fish, make sure it is not contaminated.
Other Helpful Natural Tips
Detoxifying the body helps to rid it of mercury, for example, taking a good antioxidant, taking a good omega 3. Dark fruit and vegetables are also good when detoxing. Eating good nutrient dense food is also helpful, like avocado, asparagus, watermelon, lentils, hemp, flax seeds and chia seeds.
Having a colonic is good now and again, but not on a regular basis, I’m a firm believer of detoxing, and giving the body what it needs, to support the immune system, are all good practices. Having a colonic once or twice a year should be enough.
I always recommend my clients eat fermented foods when appropriate. It also supports the body’s natural defences and gut health.
Sugar is something most people battle to give up, because it makes food taste more appealing. Alzheimer’s has been dubbed “type 3 diabetes” because Insulin resistance compromises the brain, . Sugar and glucose sent to the brain can damage healthy brain tissue. Eating excess sugar also cuts the amount of oxygen the blood carries around the body, hence, less oxygen to the brain.
Most of us enjoy a little bit of sugar but others are addicted to it, you can take native elements chromium, it’s a good food state supplement, to help and support blood sugar and curve those cravings.
Adding cinnamon, or a little apple sauce in your tea/coffee or breakfast, may help you gradually cut down on your sugar intake.
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