People sometimes joke around about forgetfulness or “CRS disease” as we age, but in reality, mental decline (dementia) is no laughing matter.
Currently one in three senior citizens dies with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia, and over six million Americans are living with the condition.
Even more disturbingly, that number is projected to rise to 13 million over the next few decades.
And it’s not just old age! While dementia is typically found in people over age 65, there’s been a troubling surge in the number of people with early-onset cases.
Currently at least 10 percent of people with dementia are under 65 years old.
Let’s take a closer look at dementia and see how you can help keep your brain function sharp and strong at all ages.
What is it?
Simply put, dementia is the result of damage to brain cells.
The human brain has many distinct regions, and each region is responsible for different functions including things like memory, judgment and movement.
When the cells in a certain region or regions are damaged, that region cannot carry out its functions normally, and the particular person may start to show…
Signs and symptoms of dementia
Typical signs and symptoms of dementia include:
- Memory loss
- Impaired judgment
- Difficulties with abstract thinking
- Faulty reasoning
- Inappropriate behavior
- Loss of communication skills
- Gait, motor and balance problems
- Neglect of personal care and safety
- Hallucinations, paranoia, agitation
The most common form of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease—accounting for between 60 - 80 percent of all dementia cases.
Tell me why
There are a number of factors that can cause or contribute to brain cell damage including:
Heart disease, stroke and high blood pressure
Heart disease, stroke and high blood pressure are all linked to dementia.
Decreased blood flow to the brain from these conditions is linked to the formation of the classic plaques and tangles that disrupt brain activity in Alzheimer’s.
Type 2 diabetes
Your brain needs glucose to function properly, and when there is impaired glucose function with Type 2 diabetes, it can damage brain cells. Plus high blood sugar causes inflammation which is harmful to brain cells.
And heaven knows we are in a diabetes epidemic at all ages!
Use of acid reducers
Studies have shown that regular users of PPIs (like Nexium) had a 44 percent increased risk of dementia compared with those not using the medications.
Lack of exercise
Regular exercise improves blood flow throughout the body, including the brain.
Unfortunately, many people would rather eat used cat litter than exercise. Being sedentary is the worst thing you can do for SO many reasons, including increasing your risk of dementia.
For over 30 years, high levels of aluminum have been observed in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s.
People are exposed to aluminum from various sources including drinking water, pots and pans, foil, beverage cans, antiperspirants, baking powder and flu shots.
Aspartame (Equal and NutraSweet) has been linked to Alzheimer’s as well as a variety of other neurological conditions.
Studies have shown that drinking just one diet soda a day TRIPLES your risk of dementia!
Lack of sleep can negatively impact the brain and accelerate the rate of development of dementia.
Now that you’ve seen several possible factors behind the development of dementia, it’s time to do all you can to keep it far away from you.
Here are 6 Sharp Brain Strategies that can help prevent, slow or in some cases even reverse cognitive decline:
Sharp Brain Strategy #1- Omega-3 essential fatty acids
A deficiency of Omega-3 fatty acids makes it impossible for your cell membranes to perform their vital functions, and your brain is heavily dependent on the Omega-3 EFA Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).
Unfortunately, our typical diets are severely deficient in Omega-3 EFAs, so daily supplementation with these nutrients is essential!
VitalMega-3 fish oil formula provides an impressive 1,200 mg of Omega-3s in every daily two-capsule serving, including 600 mg of EPA and 400 mg of DHA--two of the very best Omega-3 EFAs for sharp brain functioning.
Sharp Brain Strategy #2- Have a healthy diet
Your brain cells are very vulnerable to free radical damage, so the protection of antioxidants is extremely important.
In addition, zinc deficiency is one of the most common nutrient deficiencies associated with the development of dementia!
Having a diet that concentrates on nutrient-rich real foods (lots of fruits and vegetables) is a great way to help get the antioxidants and zinc your brain needs.
Sharp Brain Strategy #3- Regular exercise
Numerous studies have shown that physical exercise helps prevent cognitive impairment and dementia as we age.
In addition, regular exercise helps lower your risk of high blood pressure and diabetes, which are also dementia risk factors.
And exercise helps improve poor sleep, which is yet another factor.
So get your doctor’s OK and get moving! Even brisk walking is helpful.
Sharp Brain Strategy #4- Vitamin B12
Vitamin B12 is needed for your body to produce acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter which allows the nerves and brain to communicate and can help you maintain clear-thinking abilities.
But getting enough B12 can be tricky, especially if you’re prone to digestive problems or have had gastric surgery. To ensure you get enough of this vital nutrient, Hydroxaden 2.5 is your ticket.
Hydroxaden 2.5 is an easy-to-use vitamin B12 spray that you spritz under your tongue so it can be absorbed by the mucus membranes in your mouth.
This helps avoid any absorption problems in the GI tract, and the B12 can get where it needs to go—your brain!
Sharp Brain Strategy #5- Eliminate aluminum
Here are ways to eliminate sources of aluminum:
- Drink filtered water.
- Use stainless steel or cast-iron cookware.
- Use natural deodorants instead of antiperspirants.
- Use aluminum-free baking powder and unbleached flour in baking.
- Buy beverages in glass bottles instead of cans.
- Rethink flu shots. Having a healthy diet, getting good sleep and reducing stress can help your body fight off sickness.
- Use parchment paper instead of foil.
Sharp Brain Strategy #6- Avoid acid reducers
If you are prone to heartburn, you can help ease it safely and naturally with Gastro BeCalm Blend.
Gastro BeCalm Blend’s effective formula includes herbs that have been easing digestive distress for centuries!
Do what you need to do to help your brain stay healthy and sharp for a lifetime!
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I’m 85 years. Unfortunately I’ve taken Nexium etc. for 20 years. I have no signs of dementia. I exercise, eat healthy , take supplements and take no other prescription meds.