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5 steps to reverse Dementia as you age

8 January, 2016

 

 

Most people consider memory loss as a part of the human ageing process. However, science differs from this stereotype. Just like any other disease, certain factors can cause Dementia. Deficiency of vitamins, lack of sleep, Mercury intoxications and reduced body activity are some factors that eventually cause damage to our brain and result in memory loss.

 

Studies in the field of Dementia predict that 10% of 65 year olds, 25% of 75-year-olds and 50 % of 85-year-olds will suffer from the memory loss disease in the coming decades. This problem is quite big for the seniors in our families. You should know how to deal with Dementia so that you can ensure the wellness of your loved ones. I am explaining 5 steps that will reverse Dementia, which most people think cannot be treated.

 

1. Exercising is crucial.

The most common cause of Dementia is the reduction of body movements as people age. Doing some physical exercise is as important for the brain as it is for the whole body. Physical exercises on a regular basis boosts the memory retention capacity of the brain.

 

Medical experts advise that even a 30-minute daily walk is sufficient if the elders cannot do strenuous exercises. During exercise, our brain releases chemicals that removes depression, which is one of the contributing factors in Dementia.

2. Mercury Detoxification

Our environment contains heavy metal toxins and these toxins are also present in our body in variable proportions. They get accumulated in our body tissues and cause Dementia. These are some simple tips that can help in detoxifying mercury from the body:

  • Drink lots of water.

  • Consume organic cilantro.

  • Cilantro is simply great for flushing out mercury from the body.

 

3. Vitamin and Mineral Deficiency

Poor diet not only affects our physical health, but also the health of our brain. Deficiency of Vitamin D and B6 is linked to memory loss because of high levels of amino acids (ex. Homocysteine) which causes our brain to shrink and increases the risk of diseases like Alzheimer and Dementia.

 

Consuming Vitamin D and Vitamin B6 rich food like Tuna fish, Avocados and Banana can help your elders fulfill their nutritional requirement and keep amino acid levels under check.

 

4. Yoga and Meditation

Yoga, an ancient fitness regime that originated in India, can work wonders for our brain and is possibly the easiest form of exercise that can be practiced by the elders at home.

 

Globally, millions of people have experienced the benefits of Yoga and deep meditation. It has helped them gain better control over their minds. Even more, meditation helps our brain to relax and calm our nerves, thereby improving our memory power.

 

5. Blood Sugar Levels

A high blood sugar level leads to cognitive impairments like Dementia. Those who have Type-2 diabetic and are 60 years and above have a higher risk of developing Dementia. In a recently conducted study, people with higher blood sugar levels were found to have a lower volume in the Hippocampus (a brain region that is essential for memory). Hence, the cause of dementia can be directly linked to the elevated blood glucose.

 

Maintaining blood sugar levels can go a long way in battling many other ailments other than dementia. Taking care of your diet and indulging in physical activities can help in dealing with high blood sugar levels.

 

Dementia has become the seventh most common cause of death. You may require assistance from the caregivers to make sure that your elders receive proper treatment. Fighting Dementia is tough, but following the above steps can significantly reduce the chances of getting troubled by the disease and also heal the already done damage to the brain.

 

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