Alzheimer’s disease the most common form of dementia affecting millions of people across the globe is a progressive brain disorder that gradually destroys memory and the ability to think and reason. Named after Alois Alzheimer, a German psychiatrist and neuro-pathologist, Alzheimer’s disease is characterized by atrophy and degeneration in the brain. Microcopy in the brain will show dense plaques, mostly insoluble deposits of beta-amyloid peptide and cellular material outside and around neurons
As of now there is no known cure for Alzheimer’s. But making these 7 healthy modifications in your diet and lifestyle can go a long way in helping ward off Alzheimer’s.
#1. Cut down on sugars, simple carbohydrates and saturated fats.
Studies indicate a lower risk of AD in people who consume less simple carbohydrates and less saturated fats. And it may even improve outcomes in those with the disease.
#2. Include at least five servings of fresh fruits and vegetables each day.
The most beneficial foods include Apples, Blue berries, Oranges, Bananas, dark leafy green vegetables, asparagus, broccoli, many types of beans and peas including lima, lentil and garbanzo.
#3. Keep yourself engaged mentally, physically and socially
Regular walks in the park, reading books, playing games and interacting with people reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s significantly.
#4. Quit smoking
Smoking has been consistently linked to increased risk of AD
#5. Practice Pranayama [yogic breathing exercises]
Pranayama is one of the disciplines of ashtanga yoga and involves various rhythmic breathing techniques. These can be very effective tools in fighting dementia. Studies indicate that the heightened Oxygen levels in the blood and enhanced relaxation contribute to the healing effects of these ancient yoga practices.
#6. Enjoy tea, coffee, cocoa and red wine; although in moderation
Moderate use of Coffee, Tea, Red wine and Cocoa that contain high flavonoids are suggested to decrease the risk of AD.
#7. Last but not the least, consume amla [indian gooseberry] and curcuma [turmeric] daily
Curcuma has been used by Ayurvedic doctors in treatment since centuries to prevent and reverse degenerative disorders, inflammatory conditions, deposits and allergic reactions. And amla [indian gooseberry] is a well-known natural immunomodulator used in Ayurveda. Recent studies indicate very positive results with curcuma. So make sure to add a bit of curcuma in every dish as it has been the practice of our ancestors since ages. And start your day with an ounce of amla juice and a small slice of ginger with a spoonful honey and a dash of lime.
Alzheimer’s is a dreadful condition. But one can hopefully prevent it by following these advises. And if already diagnosed with AD, one can always rely on the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda to control and perhaps improve on the condition. There has been extremely encouraging results with Ayurvedic treatment that include specialised oil therapies like Sirodhara, Nasya etc, personalized nutrition plan, herbal supplements and yoga.
This article was aimed to pave light on the possibilities for prevention and for natural healing. Hope it benefits you or someone close to you.