How you can prevent Dementia and Alzheimer with nutrition and craniosacral therapy

What can you do to prevent Alzheimer and dementia with healthy lifestyle and dietary intervention from a young age?

 Dementia is caused by a progressive and irreversible degeneration and cell death of the cerebral cortex and results in mental deterioration. Dementia lead to a gradual memory impairment and loss, especially in short term, intellect and reasoning, emotional ups and downs and personality change in some cases. There are few times of dementia, one is Alzheimer.

 Alzheimer is a pre-senile dementia and it is a very common condition in the elderly. There is no known reason for it, but there is a possible genetic predisposition, female seems to be affected more than man, and usually occurs over 60 years of age. In this condition there is a progressive atrophy of the cerebral cortex followed by deteriorating mental function.

Secondary Dementia is associated with a cumulative several small cerebral infarcts, which leads to a gradual increase impairment of mental function.

Also, brain infections and HIV can lead secondary dementia.

All the above can be also caused by a trauma to the head or a strong emotional trauma.

What can you do to prevent the above conditions, within your own power and limit?

In some studies, the following vitamins and nutrients have shown a reduction of the progression of dementia:

  • All the vitamin Bs. If you know that you have dementia in your family, or yourself start suffering from short memory loss. Maybe you can start taking some really good multi-nutrients as well as the supplement below.
  • Taking antioxidants such as vitamin C, E helps with reduction of inflammation and damage of the oxidation. This is especially if you have a lot of stress in your life or you never stop to rest and breathe well, including not sleeping well.
  • Omega 3 oils with high DHA. I would also add coenzymeQ10 for the health of the cell and vitamin A as an antioxidant and co factor for the enzyme that deals with the good and bad fats.

As a prevention if you had a head trauma at any age or accident is good to sort it out with a craniosacral therapy so that it frees any blockage to the accidental part and the flow of fluids around the head and body.

Doing sudoku or any other brain activity from the age of 55 and over also keeps your brain active and moving.

However, I would start from a very young age for a full prevention of dementia. Starting right now where ever you are and if you are a parent feeding oily fish or good essential oils vegetarian or not is also essential for the prevention of inflammation and possibly dementia in the older age. There was a big connection in the early studies of Alzheimer and dementia with using aluminium pans and foil due to the aluminium entering the brain barrier and causing some damage there.

As I mention above there is a connection with genetic as well, however, even if you have the gene that could lead to dementia of any kind, you can always prevent triggering that gene by leading a healthy lifestyle and eating nutritionally well.

Reduction of alcohol, which depletes all the vitamins B, or any substance abuse, that includes reduction of caffeine, sugar and fizzy drinks. Eating lots of green vegetables and colourful fruits and vegetables every day also helps the brain to stay healthy. Reduction of stress in your life, sleeping well, drinking plenty of water and have a break in the countryside, seaside or even the beautiful parks in London, might help get more oxygen and relax you from the everyday life.

(c) copyright Maria Esposito BSc (Hons) Nutritional Therapist – NAET – Craniosacral therapist

Reference:

 Engelborghs S. et al. (2014). Rationale and clinical data supporting nutritional intervention in Alzheimer’s disease. Acta Clin Belg. Jan-Feb;69(1):17-24.

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