How To Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease And Dementia
Alzheimer’s disease can be incredibly debilitating, slowly eroding cognitive function and independence. While it typically begins with memory problems, it can advance to include symptoms such as significant issues with mood, motivation, behavior, and language.
As you work to create a better future for yourself through your Law of Attraction work, it’s important to do what you can to preserve your mental acuity so that you can enjoy the fruits of your labors for as long as possible.
Unfortunately, it’s not yet possible to prevent Alzheimer’s. However, here are seven things that may help prevent Alzheimer’s disease.
7 Ways To Help Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease
1. Consider Preemptive Testing For The Alzheimer's Gene
There’s no way to know for sure whether you will develop Alzheimer’s at some stage. There are some simple diagnostic tests however that can at least help you get a sense of your current risk profile.
For one thing, there is a genetic test for a gene called ApoE4a. This gene indicates vulnerability to late-onset Alzheimer’s. You can be up to 10 times more likely to experience it if you inherit ApoE4a from both parents.
Meanwhile, some doctors may also encourage a blood flow diagnostic procedure called the ABI test. It can show reduced blood flow in the lower limbs. It can also suggest low blood flow at a neurological level (which is linked to an increased risk of Alzheimer’s).
2. Care For Your Whole Body
It isn’t just what you do to and for your brain that influences your likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s at a later date. The health of your entire body matters.
For example, treat your eyes well. Recent research indicates that if you have good vision then you’re over 60% less likely to develop dementia (this may relate to activities that require good visual acuity, which we’ll discuss below).
In addition, gum disease leads to the production of inflammatory chemicals that may damage memory. So, make sure that you have regular dental checkups and brush your teeth twice a day.
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3. Drink In Moderation Only
As you probably know, there’s some compelling research that indicates red wine may benefit brain health. However, make sure that you keep your alcohol consumption under control. Large amounts of it aren’t good for any part of your body, including your mind.
The current recommendations suggest that you have no more than two drinks a day if you’re male, and 1 if you’re female.
4. Stay Positive
The techniques you learn (and the mindset you develop) during your manifestation journey could stand you in good stead with respect to Alzheimer’s risk. There’s a documented link between low mood and an increased risk of dementia. Scientists are still, however, investigating the nature of this connection.
Regardless of the casual relationship here, it makes sense to nurture your mental health and try to stay as upbeat as you can. Stay motivated, pursue goals and personal development well into your retirement. Consider therapy every now and again to process unresolved issues or feelings.
5. Go Organic
Once again, there are many unresolved questions about the connection between Alzheimer’s and so-called environmental toxins. But there is at least some evidence to support that exposure to certain chemicals can make you more likely to develop a range of different types of dementia.
In particular, some people choose to avoid BPA-based containers. They instead opt for organic household cleaners. These products are usually clearly advertised as organic or toxin-free. They are also becoming increasingly popular. As a bonus, these choices are kinder to the world around you as well.
6. Keep Your Mind Active With Brain Training
As suggested above, one of the best choices you can make is to pursue activities that keep you mentally sharp.
Whether you join regular classes to help you hone new skills, download brain-training apps developed to enhance cognition or simply play a daily game of Scrabble with a loved one, all of these choices are shown to potentially reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s.
Other smart suggestions include regularly reading books, staying socially active and learning a new language. Anything that keeps you thinking, processing and analyzing helps to protect your faculties well into old age.
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7. Consider An Alzheimer's Prevention Diet (And Supplements)
Finally, it’s worth noting the wide range of studies suggesting that various foods lower Alzheimer’s risk. Some such research is more contentious than others, but all of these foods are also good for your body for other reasons, so you really have nothing to lose!
In particular, consider adding these following foods to your diet to reduce your chances of Alzheimer's Disease :
- Blueberries – which may boost memory and prevent memory loss.
- Apples – which contain quercetin, a chemical that could protect the brain from certain toxins.
- Cabbage – which is an excellent source of vitamin K, a nutrient proven to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s in those who are already diagnosed.
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