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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Prevent Alzheimer's and Dementia

I never had a problem telling people what age I am and I still don't. My only hope is that I will always be able to remember it and not suffer from either Dementia or Alzheimer's.

To prevent both of the above, there are several things we can do:
1. Physical activity
A 30 minute daily work out like running, walking, or bicycling, or any other activity which literally gets the blood flowing, is a good help. The oxygen and sugar in the blood which then is pumped to and through the brain will protect it and its function.

2. Loose weight.
We all know being overweight can and eventually will affect our physical well being, but it also contributes to our mental capabilities. It deposits fat in the blood vessels to the brain. This results in lesser blood being able to flow through the brain and eventually brain cells will die, increasing the risk of Alzheimer's. So; try to loose the extra pounds!

3. Keep learning.
You are never too old to learn and by doing so, you can generate new brain cells which diminish the risk of Dementia and Alzheimer's. Find something that piques your curiosity and prods you to learn more about it. It will keep your brain sharp and in top condition.

4. Socialize.
The more you keep in touch with family and friends, the better it is for the cognitive function of the brain. Studies have shown that being a recluse presents a greater risk for developing Alzheimer's. In other words; don't be a stranger!

5. Eat healthy."
Incorporate lots of veggies and fruits in your diet. Especially, spinach, beets, red bell peppers, onions, eggplants, prunes, blackberries, strawberries, red grapes, oranges, cherries, and also nuts like almonds, walnuts, and pecans. Also fish high in omega-3 and the spice curcumin are very helpful in reducing the risk for any of the above condition.

6. Stay healthy.
High blood pressure, as well as higher cholesterol levels, are an increased risk. Keep those levels down as much as possible, even if you need to resort to medications. Take the latter only when prescribed by your physician, of course!

It is up to us to take care of ourselves and try to keep our body as healthy as we can; no one else can do that for us. We do our part and God will do His. He always does!

1 Corinthians 6:19
Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?


Blogger audrey` said...

HaHa! Eating is the easiest, Lieve Zus =)

February 20, 2011 5:13 PM  
Blogger Corry said...

I know! hahaha.

God's Grace.

February 21, 2011 6:59 AM  

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