55 million people worldwide suffer from Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. While there is currently no cure for these diseases, with intentional lifestyle changes you can decrease your dementia risk, prioritize your brain health, and prevent cognitive decline.
A recent study linked an increased risk of Alzheimer’s and dementia to high levels of inflammation. Smart diet choices can help keep harmful levels of inflammation in check and prevent cognitive symptoms such as brain fog, poor concentration, and memory loss.
To avoid heightened inflammation, decrease your intake of:
- Refined carbs
- Artificial sweeteners
- Processed foods
Increase your intake of:
- Fresh, whole, nutrient-dense foods
- Foods that are anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, such as Turmeric
- Omega-3 fats, which reduce oxidative stress and inflammation in the brain.
Interested in more information on brain health and diet? Check out this article on foods your brain will love!
According to the Mayo Clinic, people who exercise regularly have a lowered risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Regular exercise increases blood flow to the brain which in turn improves cognitive function. It can also decrease other risk factors of dementia, such as depression and obesity.
A recent statement from the National Institutes on Health explains that inadequate sleep increases dementia risk. People in their 50s and 60s who sleep less than 6 hours per night were more likely to later develop dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Other irregular sleeping habits early in life, including both insufficient and excessive sleep, may also contribute to an increased risk factor.
You can read the full article here: The #1 Thing You Can Do to Lower Your Dementia Risk by Heather Newgen.