Alzheimer’s and Dementia get a lot of press. Some very notable celebrities and public figures have died from the disease. And it’s quite scary to consider what your life would be like if your brain was deteriorating. However, Alzheimer’s and Dementia aren’t a normal part of growing older. They’re preventable. Here are the top tips for preventing Alzheimer’s and Dementia.
#1 Sleep. Your brain and your body receive significant benefits from regular and quality sleep. Create a regular sleep schedule and stick to it. Go to bed at the same time each night and get up at the same time every morning. Create a bedtime routine that helps prepare your mind and body for sleep.
For example, you might journal or read before bedtime. Keep electronics out of your bedroom and your bedtime routine. They’re too stimulating. Your body has natural circadian rhythms. When you create a sleep schedule that honors those rhythms you help support a strong and healthy brain.
#2 Manage Stress. Stress causes damage to your brain. In fact, experts say that a life of chronic stress can triple your chances of Alzheimer’s or dementia. Cortisol affects the nerve development in your brain and actually prematurely ages your brain.
So how do you manage stress? Exercise. Get out and socialize with friends and family. Also, take time out for yourself. Meditation has been shown to have profound effects on the health and vitality of the human brain. Consider meditating for five to ten minutes each day.
#3 Exercise Your Brain. Regularly exercising your brain will help you prevent Alzheimer’s and dementia. Exercise your brain by:
* Learning new things and trying new activities.
* Doing puzzles that require critical problem-solving skills
* Dance, sing and listen to music
* Change it up. Change your surroundings, your routines, or your habits.
#4 Exercise Your Body. Exercising your body helps improve your brain health in a number of ways. Exercise releases positive brain chemicals including endorphins. Exercise also helps improve blood flow. Finally, exercise helps your metabolism and blood sugar stay balanced. This means your brain doesn’t always have to adapt to the highs and lows of an imbalanced blood sugar which can cause damage.
#5 Eat Well. There are many food sources that promote brain health. The best foods for brain health have omega 3 fatty acids. You can find these fatty acids in nuts, seeds, whole grains, and fish. Also, make sure to eat a diet full of fruits and vegetables. They contain powerful antioxidants that heal cells and promote complete body health.
Preventing Alzheimer’s and dementia requires a whole mind and body approach. Take great care of your health now. Eat well. Exercise. Manage stress. And get plenty of sleep. Take care of your body and mind today and it’ll take care of you in your later years.