Many of us spend a good amount of time thinking about our physical fitness.
But what about our mental fitness?
Sometimes in our quest for a healthy, vibrant body, we can forget that our minds are a critical piece of the puzzle of our health. Our brain is an incredibly complex organ and is responsible for movements, mood, and thoughts.
So, if we hit the gym to work out our quads and biceps, why can’t we also work out our brains as well? Well, we can — and we should! Here are five ways . . .
The brain’s primary fuel is glucose. And one of the hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive failure of the brains ability to use this source of fuel, basically a situation in which brain cells are not able to utilize glucose for energy.
Recently, technology has evolved to allow researchers the ability to visualize, using PET scans, how the brain is able to utilize another fuel, ketone bodies. Ketones . . .
Toxins: Understanding the Risk for Cognitive Decline
In today’s world, we are all exposed to some level of toxins. These appear in our food, water, air, as well as in everyday items found around the home . . .
Researchers have linked low-level toxin exposure to many diseases including cancer, cardiovascular, and kidney disease. [There is a] . . . growing body of medical literature that demonstrates that certain toxins increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
According to researchers . . .
Losing your train of thought mid-sentence? Forgetting why you entered the room? Blanking out on the name of the show you watched last night on Netflix? You may think it’s just the normal aging process, but it could have something to do with the foods you eat. Your brain uses 20% to 30% of the calories you consume, making it is the most energy-hungry organ in your body. Everything you put on the end of your fork matters in terms of your cognitive function. And if you eat a fast-food diet, you’ll have a fast-food memory.
Taking a regular afternoon nap may be linked to better mental agility, suggests research published in the online journal General Psychiatry.
It seems to be associated with better locational awareness, verbal fluency, and working memory, the findings indicate.
Longer life expectancy and the associated neurodegenerative changes that accompany it, raise the prospect of dementia, with around 1 in 10 people over the age of 65 . . .
People who consume high levels of vitamin C and E in their diet may have a lower risk of Parkinson’s disease than people who get only small amounts of these nutrients, according to a new study. . .
[S]tudy author Essi Hantikainen, Ph.D.[stated] ‘“[o]ur large study found that vitamin C and vitamin E were each linked to a 32% lower risk of Parkinson’s disease, and we found the association may be even stronger when intake of both vitamin C and E is high.”’
[R]esearchers in Australia and the UK say evidence suggests three periods of dynamic brain changes that may be particularly sensitive to the harmful effects of alcohol: gestation (from conception to birth), later adolescence (15-19 years), and older adulthood (over 65 years). . . .
Globally, around 10% of pregnant women consume alcohol, with the rates considerably higher in European countries . . .
Heavy alcohol use during pregnancy can cause fetal alcohol spectrum disorder . . .
[O]ne might wonder if the mechanism whereby obesity relates to declining cognitive function, like worsening memory, may be mediated by inflammation.
Authors publishing in Brain, Behavior, and Immunity set out to answer this question. Given that obesity is frequently accompanied by lower working memory (the type of memory that is required to keep relevant information in mind) and that it is this specific type of memory that allows people to stay on a weight management program . . .
If you can’t remember where you left your keys, if you blank on your neighbor’s name, or if you forget to pick up bananas at the grocery store, you may be wondering if it’s a memory problem or just everyday forgetfulness. Many people worry that Alzheimer’s disease may be the underlying cause of their memory issues, but there are several causes of forgetfulness that are far more common…and far easier to fix.
Involuntary tremors. Increased forgetfulness. Difficulty with finding words. . . . These are just a few of the devastating effects associated with neurodegeneration – a slow progressive breakdown of the brain’s ability to function correctly. And while the brain and nervous system may be the target of these debilitating disorders, there is mounting evidence suggesting that neurodegenerative diseases may actually originate from an unexpected place – the gut.
Everyone knows that it’s important to eat green foods for sufficient minerals and vitamins; however, did you know that getting your daily greens can help stave off serious chronic conditions such as cancer and cardiovascular disease? And that’s not all! In this short, informative video, Dr. Mark Stengler, NMD, discusses how green foods particularly work wonders to improve cognitive function.
New blood markers that reflect risk for Alzheimer’s disease (AD) are uncovering important modifiable risk factors to be aware of to dramatically reduce the likelihood of ever suffering from this cruel disease. The latest study shows that just one night of sleep disruption is associated with an increase in these blood markers.
The primary brain lesions of AD are the result of deposits of a substance known as . . .
5.7 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s Disease (AD). Alzheimer’s disease and other related dementias are on pace to double by 2060 in the United States. While these statistics are pretty draining to see, the good news . . . is that we have the tools and research to use nutrition and lifestyle modifications to significantly reduce the risk of cognitive decline . . .
Most mainstream doctors say memory loss is a natural part of aging. . . .
And that about 40% of people aged 65 or older have age-associated memory impairment.
But the truth is, it doesn’t have to be that way.
We’ve long known that curcumin . . . has incredibly powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects.
And now exciting new research shows that curcumin works in the brain to dramatically boost . . .
Living a healthy lifestyle may help offset a person’s genetic risk of dementia, according to new research.
The study was led by the University of Exeter . . . The research found that the risk of dementia was 32 per cent lower in people with a high genetic risk if they had followed a healthy lifestyle, compared to those who had an unhealthy lifestyle.
In experiments in mice, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers say they have found additional evidence that Parkinson’s disease originates among cells in the gut and travels up the body’s neurons to the brain. The study . . . offers a new, more accurate model in which to test treatments that could prevent or halt Parkinson’s disease progression.
A lot of patients come to my office with concerns about their memory, cognitive decline, and fear of dementia. In the medical literature, chronic inflammation in the body has been linked to dementia.
Now, inflammation is normally not a bad thing. Now, inflammation is normally not a bad thing. It is the body’s natural response against any number of incursions on your health. . . .[However] [i]f inflammation is not controlled . . .
The number of people diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and living with this condition is on the rise, with researchers estimating that over 1 million Americans will have this devastating illness by 2020.
. . . [A] growing body of research indicates that there are many modifiable risk factors associated with the condition, providing us with clues as to what measures we can take to prevent the onset of the disease.
Dementia—it’s one of the most dreaded diseases . . . About 5.8 million people are currently living with Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia. And that number is expected to skyrocket to 14 million by 2050.
Determining if someone with memory problems or mild cognitive impairment is headed for . . . dementia often involves in-depth cognitive testing. But there are a few other simple tests that can be quite telling.
Large human clinical trials are ongoing.
Currently there are no effective treatments of vascular dementia, a condition in which a compromise of blood supply to the brain caused by stroke (i.e. cerebrovascular accidents) results in step-wise cognitive decline . . .
[P]romising emerging findings of placebo-controlled trials on a Chinese herbal formula . . . is being investigated as a potential treatment of vascular dementia.
Could following a certain type of diet affect the gut microbiome — the good and bad bacteria that live in the gastrointestinal tract — in ways that decrease the risk of Alzheimer’s disease?
According to researchers at Wake Forest School of Medicine, that is a fair possibility.
The artificial sweeteners used in diet sodas—and thousands of other processed foods—are anything but sweet. In fact, they can be toxic to the brain. Consuming these sugar substitutes on a regular basis is not a recipe for a healthy memory.
Sherry, who weighed over 200 pounds on her 5’5” frame, guzzled diet soda thinking it would help her lose weight. It didn’t. Even worse, she started experiencing a host of symptoms . . .
Metabolic similarities offer a path to preventing neurodegenerative disorders.
June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month. One could argue that awareness of neurodegenerative disorders like Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease . . . is already at a fever pitch. Who among us hasn’t yet been personally affected by these thieves of intellect and dignity?
Now a global epidemic, Alzheimer’s disease . . .
People with higher levels of trans fats in their blood may be 50% to 75% more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease or dementia from any cause, according to a new study published Wednesday in the journal Neurology.
“This study demonstrates that there are negative ‘brain/cognitive’ outcomes, in addition to the known cardiovascular outcomes, that are related to a diet . . .
Benefits for neurotransmitters, inflammation, and more.
Interest in low-carbohydrate and ketogenic diets continues to rise as people discover their potential to help with stubborn physical health problems . . . but could this same strategy help with mental health problems as well?
. . . [A] tremendous amount of science already exists detailing how high-sugar diets jeopardize brain health, and how low-carbohydrate diets support brain health.
Glucose is the primary energy source that fuels the body’s cells. The brain is a voracious consumer of energy, hogging half of available glucose. So blood sugar (the concentration of glucose in the blood) obviously impacts brain function—but only in recent years have we discovered just how great that impact is.
When blood sugar falls too low (hypoglycemia), we feel unfocused . . .
Special diet with compounds contained in green tea and carrots restored working memory
A diet containing compounds found in green tea and carrots reversed Alzheimer’s-like symptoms in mice genetically programmed to develop the disease, USC researchers say.
Researchers emphasize that the study, recently published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, was in mice, and many mouse discoveries. . .
Weighing resveratrol’s antioxidant effects against risks of alcohol consumption.
Alcohol is a toxic liquid infamous for impairing judgment, concentration and coordination, yet we often read headlines telling us that red wine is good for the brain.
Think about it. When was the last time you went to your primary care doctor . . . for help with a brain symptom . . . and were diagnosed with Alcohol Deficiency Disorder?
Dr. Hyman, MD, and Dr. Bredesen, MD, discuss Alzheimer’s disease in this enlightening video. Dr. Bredesen, whose dementia research began nearly 30 years ago, delves into what causes Alzheimer’s and how to live a life that staves off this nefarious condition. He also gives insights into his book, The End of Alzheimer’s.
Flash back to your moment with those hunters and gatherers. . . . [Y]our hunting efforts end quickly . . . and you’re more likely to find processed fats and sugars. Your cave man counterparts are likely . . . only to come across fat from animals and natural sugar . . . And what, exactly, does this difference in dietary habits have to do with . . . whether or not we suffer from a neurological disorder . . .
In the end it will be microbes—bacteria, viruses and fungus—found to be at the root of all disease and aging, and specifically Alzheimer’s, contends geneticist Dr. Rudolph “Rudy” Emile Tanzi.
“The two biggest threats to healthy aging have had to do with dealing with infection,” said Tanzi, who specializes in Alzheimer’s and the brain at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) . . .
Alzheimer’s disease is a form of dementia that can rob people of the ability to think clearly, perform everyday tasks and ultimately, remember who they even are. Because the disease is so devastating . . . I’m always on the lookout for Alzheimer’s natural treatment options and Alzheimer’s news, scouring the medical journals for Alzheimer’s breakthroughs.
. . . Let me share some of them with you.
Dr. Josh Axe, DNM, DC, CNS, and Dr. Dale Bredesen, MD, discuss boosting brain health and avoiding cognitive decline naturally. Dr. Bredesen’s book,The End of Alzheimer’s: The First Program to Prevent and Reverse Cognitive Decline, provides the foundation for the discussion, which offers actionable steps to thwart and reverse Alzheimer’s disease.
Low-carb/high-fat diet plus MCT oil is safe and may improve cognitive symptoms.
Alzheimer’s Disease Is a Brain Fuel Problem
Once someone has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, is continuing deterioration inevitable? We used to think so, but there is new science emerging that offers a more hopeful path for people who are willing to change their lifestyle—especially their diet.