“My parents are getting older and I want to do everything I can to help them prevent Alzheimer’s, considering both my grandmothers had this disease, and I am worried about getting it too.” writes this week’s house call. “What can we do to prevent dementia?”
Dementia is indeed a huge problem, which is becoming bigger every single day.
Statistics is pretty alarming: 10% of 65-year-olds, 25% of 75-years-olds, and 50% of 85-year-olds will develop Alzheimer`s disease or dementia. It is estimated that by 2050, Alzheimer`s disease will affect up to 106 million.
Researchers now call it “Type 3 diabetes.” What is the link between the two, you might ask. Well, a recent research shows insulin resistance is one of the key factors that trigger brain-damage cascade, which basically steals the memory of more than half the people in their 80s.
Eating refined carbs and sugar can cause pre-dementia and dementia. However, eliminating them from your diet and adding plenty of fat can prevent and even reverse these conditions.
Multiple studies suggest that diabetics actually have a four-fold risk for developing Alzheimer`s. Those with pre-diabetes or metabolic syndrome are at increased risk for pre-dementia or MCI.
Luckily, memory loss and cognitive decline can be prevented and reversed. Here are a few tips on how to do it.
How to Reverse Memory Loss
To reverse memory loss, you need to keep insulin in check, which in turn helps overcome insulin resistance, improve focus, balance mood, boost energy, and prevent age-related brain diseases. Typically, detoxifying mercury with foods like watercress and milk thistle; optimizing cholesterol with diet and herbs, and lowering homocysteine works the trick.
In brief, dementia can be reversed if caught early enough and by addressing factors that affect brain function, including diet, exercise, stress, inflammation, nutritional deficiencies, toxins, and hormonal imbalances.
8 Steps to Reverse Memory Loss
1. Balance your blood sugar with a whole-foods, low-glycemic diet
Remove refined carbs, caffeine, dairy, omega-6 rich oils, processed foods, sugar, and alcohol from your diet, and put in good stuff like healthy fats, including walnuts, avocados, coconut oil, olive oil, eggs, grass-fed meats, and pastured chicken.
2. Eat healthy fats that make your brain happy
Omega-3 fats are found in fatty fish, nuts, seeds, avocados, whole eggs, coconut oil, and extra-virgin olive oil.
3. Exercise daily
It doesn’t matter whether it is a 30-minute walk or regular high-intensity interval training. Any form of physical activity helps prevent and reverse the progression of brain diseases.
4. Supplement wisely
Take a multi-vitamin and mineral supplement, vitamin D3, extra B6 and B12, omega-3 fat supplement, and a good probiotic that keeps the brain-gut relationship healthy.
5. Check your thyroid and sex hormone levels
If they are imbalanced, you should consider getting a proper treatment.
Detox from heavy metals like mercury. A medically supervised detox program is a good idea in case your levels are too high.
7. Control stress levels
Whether it is meditation, yoga, deep breathing, or anything else, any form of relaxation helps prevent or reverse dementia.
8. Get 8 hours of sleep every night
It has been scientifically shown that poor sleep is a risk factor for cognitive decline.