When we get older, our brain function and memory naturally declines. But that doesn’t mean we automatically get dementia or Alzheimer’s. Speaking of Alzheimer’s, let’s further talk about this since experts believe that 20% of the population over 65 years old might suffer from it.
Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive, degenerative disease that attacks one’s brain. Memory loss, most especially short-term memory, is one of its common symptoms. At times, they forget how to do simple tasks which they usually complete on a daily basis. This makes their lives even more challenging.
How do people get Alzheimer’s disease?
There are actually a lot of contributing factors but below are some of the most popular ones:
- Excessive exposure to aluminum.
- Mercury poisoning from dental fillings.
- Excessive consumption of processed or refined foods.
The more we are exposed to pollutants and refined foods, the more vitamins and minerals are taken away from our bodies. This results in brain deterioration.
What are the foods that can worsen the disease?
If someone from your family or friends suffer from Alzheimer’s, please take note of the following foods to avoid.
- Do not add sodium-based salt to the meal.
- Commercial chocolates, baking powders, processed cheeses, ready-made desserts, and all foods known to have traces of aluminum should be avoided.
- Reduce the consumption of sugar, alcohol, and caffeine.
- Foods with monosodium glutamate or MSG must be taken away.
- Limit saturated fats and other fatty produce.
- Stay away from ready-made and pre-packaged meals in aluminum like cakes and meat pies.
And what are the foods you should regularly give them?
- Make sure that the diet has a lot of vegetables, fresh fruits, and whole grains.
- Get lecithin granules and sprinkle it over cereals and yogurts. If you must know, lecithin is rich in choline and can be beneficial to people suffering from the disease. However, choose a brand that contains at least 30%.
- Include pumpkin and sunflower seeds to the diet.
- Prepare sardines, mackerel, tuna, and herrings. These are rich in omega 3 essential fats.
- If you are to serve salad, make sure that you use extra virgin unrefined olive oil.
What are the other things you can do to help people with Alzheimer’s disease?
- Ask them to write using the opposite hand to the one they regularly use.
- Make them memorize poems and lines from famous people and let them recite it.
- Encourage them to stop smoking, if they still are.
- Give them crossword puzzles where they can work and practice their brain function.
- Look for a professional that can help them exercise. A lot of patients have improved their mental condition after regularly working out.
- Ask the physician for the best multi-mineral supplement to take.
It is highly important that someone will look after a person who is suffering from Alzheimer’s. There are a lot of horror stories where people suffering from this condition got lost, and was never found. If you can attach a tracker as a precautionary measure, then please do so. But the most important thing is for you to be there for your loved one. Reminisce your memories together and create new ones. It will help a lot!