Life expectancy continues to increase. This means that we will have an increased elderly population, so the risk of developing neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia, becomes almost inevitable.
Dementia and how to recognize it
We now face a situation that was not so common a few decades ago.
Therefore, today is the best time for the medical and scientific communities to develop new treatments as well as early diagnosis methods.
It is even more important than ever to take care of our health. This involves practicing natural ways to fight dementia.
1. Mental stimulation
Brain stimulation is needed to prevent cognitive depletion.
We are talking about the wonderful ability of your brain – neuroplasticity, which allows you to create new connections and build new nerve tissue.
To prevent dementia, you need social interaction, communication, and everyday challenges. You need to learn something new, broaden your horizons, laugh, argue, and surround yourself with inspired people.
Your brain is activated when you learn something new (the more complicated, the better). Something like learning to play an instrument at age 70 is great for your cognitive health.
2. Omega-3 fatty acids
Fish oil is one of the best foods for your brain, along with walnuts, avocados, and any food rich in omega-3 fatty acids.
This natural substance improves cognitive function, protects the heart, and prevents age-related neurodegeneration.
It is advisable to change your diet and add omega-3 to your diet and vitamin supplements if you are at risk for dementia.
3. The link between aspirin and brain health
Some studies, as well as articles published in The Daily Telegraph, indicating that long-term aspirin use is associated with a lower risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
The use of aspirin in small quantities and after a certain age protects brain cells.
Acetylsalicylic acid (aspirin) reduces inflammation of muscles and joints, as well as prevents brain degeneration and neuronal death.
Aspirin also thins the blood and therefore helps prevent heart attacks as well as cerebrovascular disorders.
However, you can not decide for yourself to start daily aspirin.
The neurologist should analyze your personal situation and risk factors to decide whether to prescribe a small amount of daily aspirin or not.
4. Exercise and the Mediterranean diet
A good diet high in omega-3 fatty acids should be rich in fiber, fresh fruits, and vegetables, meat, and nuts.
Also, a small glass of red wine every day can support heart and brain health.
The Mediterranean diet is an unsurpassed example of how to eat properly.
Consumption of olive oil and rice, as well as the replacement of processed foods with seasonal and natural ones, will bring an amazing amount of wonderful minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants.
Remember: to maximize your quality of life and prevent dementia, physical activity is also essential.
To avoid dementia, say “yes” to daily activities, walking, swimming, dancing, cycling, climbing stairs, and walking in the evening, not sitting in front of the TV.
5. If you want to prevent dementia, protect your heart
If you do not take care of the brain, taking care of the heart, it will lose strength, health, and resilience.
Therefore, it is important to pay attention to the following indicators:
- Control your cholesterol level
- Control your sugar level
- Take care of your blood pressure
- Avoid being overweight
- Finally, it is also important to keep an emotional life under control, which can cause many problems.
Stress and anxiety are the main enemies of your heart and brain.
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