Ensure Better Brain Health and Lessen Your Risk for Alzheimer’s
Once believed to be a disease of the brain, it is becoming increasing understood that Alzheimer’s is a systemic disease affecting the brain. And it’s simply a myth that there is nothing that can be done to prevent, slow or even reverse the progress of cognitive decline or Alzheimer’s Disease. As a matter of fact, Dr. Dale Bredesen and his team from the Buck Institute for Research on Aging are showing that mild-to-moderate cognitive impairment can be successfully improved with a multi-modal Naturopathic/Functional approach. He is also showing that some patients are able to find full resolution of their symptoms and can return to leading normal and active lives. It’s very exciting to know that reversal of cognitive decline is possible with the use of targeted nutrients, therapeutic diets and comprehensive lifestyle interventions.
When helping my patients experiencing frequent memory loss, especially when it comes to aging, I look at two particular pathways in the body to assess their cognition. First would be whether or not their body is under any inflammation and second, whether or not their body is under any dysregulation when it comes to glucose management. The inflammation that results from hyperglycemia incites insulin resistance, disrupting hormone signaling resulting in cognitive impairment.
Natural Solutions to Enhancing Brain Health
Sleep Away Memory Loss
Getting adequate sleep is imperative. Adequate equates to minimally 7 hours, preferably 8 hours, of sleep each night. Your body’s ability to identify and remove the metabolic waste products that are deleterious to brain function happens while you sleep. Imagine the amount of waste accumulated if your city’s sanitation collectors went on strike for months leaving overflowing garbage bins to collect on the sidewalk. That is essentially what is happening to brain tissue when you chronically deprive your body of adequate sleep.
Jog Your Memory
Research is finding intermittent activity throughout the day is metabolically more beneficial than sporadic extended activity. If music makes you move download your favorite play list and set a goal to get up and move for one song every hour. Track your progress and see how your memory, speed of processing and focus improves!
Glutathione boosts your memory’s capacity and mental clarity because when given via an intravenous infusion, it crosses the blood/brain barrier immediately to deliver it’s powerful antioxidant protection. You can drop by the Vitamin Shot Bar times to get your glutathione push anytime!
Fast Your Brain
Extend the time between the last meal of the day and breakfast to as much as fifteen hours to optimize ketone production. A mild, controlled ketogenic diet can improve glucose dysregulation.
Train Your Brain
Give your memory a workout! Download BrainHQ app and build cognitive training into your daily routine. Just 5 to 10 minutes a day three to four times a week can enhance learning, memory, and cognition.
Test your Blood
One of the best ways to stave off a scary diagnosis like Alzheimer’s is to pay attention to your blood sugar. Know your fasting blood sugar, insulin, and hemoglobin A1C is important. More than 65% of my patients are shocked when they see their results as they thought that they were “healthy eaters”. High blood sugar levels (e.g. diabetes) pointedly increase risk for developing dementia, by about 60%.
The Gut-Brain Connection
Inflammation is directly determined by your gut health. Considered your “second brain”, if the gut is unhealthy for any reason such as in Leaky Gut, constipation, gas, bloating or even from acid-reflux; it hinders the communication with the brain resulting in the inability to transport basic nutrients to the brain. Gut Be Calm™, can help you to begin healing your gut immediately.
If you’re interested in natural interventions for your cognitive decline, then don’t ignore your symptoms and seek treatment immediately. Simple changes to your diet and overall health with Naturopathic interventions can offer a radical improvement in your memory!