Dementia is a disease from which are mostly being affected the elderly. It is manifested by memory loss and losing the mind, which can be very frustrating and devastating. In severe cases people suffering from dementia need to be hospitalized.
However, if there is a change of diet, which means introduction of healthy foods such as sweet potatoes, spinach, oats, kale, broccoli, sunflower seeds, green tea, and dark chocolate, this process can be prevented and even treated. This diet is a common diet for the Mediterranean countries where dementia is not so often disease.
This diet was very beneficial for this 82-year-old woman, Sylvia, who suffered from dementia and she was a severe case who couldn’t recognize her own son, and because of that kept in a hospital. She lost her memory and part of her mind, and due to the bad condition in which she was her son, Mark Hatzer, had no option but to place her in a hospital. He was more and more faced with the fact that he will eventually lose his mother.
Once she started to follow the diet based on healthy ingredients including high amounts of walnuts and blueberries, her condition drastically improved. Her recipes became so popular among Alzheimer’s patients due to the remarkable results it offered.
Her story became so popular that the Mirror magazine published Sylvia’s story:
“Mark, whose brother Brent also died in 1977, said: “When my mum was in hospital she thought it was a hotel – but the worst one she had ever been in. She didn’t recognize me and phoned the police as she thought she’d been kidnapped.
Since my dad and brother died we have always been a very close little family unit, just me and my mum, so for her to not know who I was- was devastating.
We were a double act that went everywhere together. I despaired and never felt so alone as I had no other family to turn to. Overnight we went from a happy family to one in crisis.
When she left the hospital, instead of prescribed medication we thought we’d perhaps try an alternative treatment. In certain countries, Alzheimer’s is virtually unheard of because of their diet. Everyone knows about fish but there is also blueberries, strawberries, Brazil nuts, and walnuts – these are apparently shaped like a brain to give us a sign that they are good for the brain.”
Along with the diet she also practiced cognitive exercises such as puzzles and crosswords.
Here it is what her son Mark says about this:
“It wasn’t an overnight miracle, but after a couple of months she began remembering things like birthdays and was becoming her old self again, more alert, more engaged..
People think that once you get a diagnosis your life is at an end. You will have good and bad days, but it doesn’t have to be the end. For an 82-year-old she does very well, she looks 10 years younger and if you met her you would not know she had gone through all of this.
She had to have help with all sorts of things, now she is turning it around. We are living to the older age in this country, but we are not necessarily living healthier.”
Researchers have confirmed that we need to determine the real causes of neurodegenerative brain disorders, and in that way we are more powerful in the fight against these diseases.
For instance, it was revealed that Alzheimer’s is closely related to aluminum levels in the body which was presented in the article titled as Strong evidence associating Aluminum to Alzheimer’s.
Here it is what Exley states:
“We already know that the aluminum content of brain tissue in late-onset or sporadic Alzheimer’s disease is significantly higher than is found in age-matched controls. So, individuals who develop Alzheimer’s disease in their late sixties and older also accumulate more aluminum in their brain tissue than individuals of the same age without the disease.
Even higher levels of aluminum have been found in the brains of individuals, diagnosed with an early-onset form of sporadic (usually late onset) Alzheimer’s disease, who have experienced an unusually high exposure to aluminum through the environment (e.g. Camelford) or through their workplace. This means that Alzheimer’s disease has a much earlier age of onset, for example, the fifties or early sixties, in individuals who have been exposed to unusually high levels of aluminum in their everyday lives.”
In addition to this, he states the following:
“We now show that some of the highest levels of aluminum ever measured in human brain tissue are found in individuals who have died with a diagnosis of familial Alzheimer’s disease.
The levels of aluminum in brain tissue from individuals with familial Alzheimer’s disease are similar to those recorded in individuals who died of an aluminum-induced encephalopathy while undergoing renal dialysis. Familial Alzheimer’s disease is an early-onset form of the disease with first symptoms occurring as early as 30 or 40 years of age.
It is extremely rare, perhaps 2-3% of all cases of Alzheimer’s disease. Its bases are genetic mutations associated with a protein called amyloid-beta, a protein which has been heavily linked with the cause of all forms of Alzheimer’s disease.
Individuals with familial Alzheimer’s disease produce more amyloid beta and the onset of the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease are much earlier in life.”
As a result of many conducted researches it was revealed that the risk of Alzheimer’s and other dementias can be reduced, slowed down or even reverse it via combination of simple but effective lifestyle changes. These changes are very crucial for the overall health, especially for reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s and supporting the function of the brain.
Tips How to Protect your Body from Alzheimer’s
When the body deals with Alzheimer’s, the neurons are being damaged as a result of inflammation and insulin resistance, which hampers the proper communication among brain cells. Therefore, the affected person needs to consume healthy foods so that to battle off the inflammation and boost the function of the brain.
You should avoid the intake of sugary foods, packaged goods which are loaded with hidden sugars, refined carbs, and start to consume a Mediterranean diet. This diet is highly beneficial for your brain as it can dramatically reduce the risk of cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease. It is abundant with olive oil, fish, vegetables, beans, and whole grains.
If you practice on regular basis you will manage to reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease by up to 50%. Plus, it will lower the extra deterioration in patients with cognitive issues, by stimulating the brain’s ability to keep old connections and as well as establish new ones.
You should do at least 2 to 3 hours of moderate intensity exercise with combining cardio exercise and strength training on weekly basis.
If you are experiencing chronic stress, then the important memory area in the brain gets lowered impeding the growth of nerve cells, and raises the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. In order to lower the stress that is going on in your life you should introduce breathing exercises, meditation, yoga, walks in nature, reading a good book or watching a movie, in fact whatever relaxes you.
You should always have a good night sleep every night because many Alzheimer’s patients suffer from insomnia and other sleep issues. According to numerous researchers disrupted sleep might be a possible risk factor.
The brain needs to be stimulated by learning something new. You can try solving riddles, puzzles, and strategy and memory games. These methods were already used by Mark and Sylvia, which served as mental training exercises that stimulate the function of the brain and practice memorization.
In order to protect your mind from dementia and Alzheimer’s later in life, you need to stay socially engaged. You should interact with people on daily basis, either with the people you love or simply join some club. By any means you should not get isolated, but try to go out as often as possible, take some classes, go for a walk, volunteer, go to the gym, visit your family, friends, neighbors, and so on.