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One of the most common diseases that seem to affect a concerning number of elderly individuals are neurological problems such as Dementia and Alzhiemer’s. In the face of this growing problem, scientists, doctors, and nutritionists have been trying to come up with different ways to help prevent the onset of Dementia and other related problems by bringing up more awareness about the lifestyle changes that can have an effect on completely preventing Dementia.
Contrary to popular belief, diseases like Dementia and Alzhiemer’s can be prevented if individuals make it a habit to live a healthy lifestyle while they’re in their early 20s and 30s. In this blog, we’re going to highlight some of the specific lifestyle choices you can make to prevent yourself from being affected by other problems in the long run – now let’s get started!
Taking Control of Your Health: Strategies for Reducing Dementia Risk
1. Be Mindful of What You Eat
Even if you’ve always believed you’re living a healthy lifestyle (thanks to a balanced diet and regular exercise), preventing Dementia and other brain-related problems includes eating specific foods and making sure that you never forget to incorporate them into your diet, right from today.
This includes eating fruits, especially blueberries and grapes, and other fruits that are highly pigmented. Almonds, walnuts, and eggs have also been proven to slow down the effects of Dementia in patients. Additionally, eating meat, vegetables, and other grains is part of building a healthy, balanced diet.
It also helps to cut short on other unhealthy items, such as excess sugar and oils. Not only will this reduce your risk of other heart-related problems, obesity, and diabetes, but your brain will also function better in the long run.
2. Exercise Your Body and Brain
Apart from exercising your body every day (which is a must for building a healthy lifestyle), studies have proven that exercising your brain everyday can help keep your mind active even until you’re 90 years old.
Not only does it prevent your brain from slowly degenerating with age (as your body starts to slow down as well), but will also completely prevent your brain from becoming dull and also being affected by other neurological problems.
Exercising your brain could come in a number of different forms – right from puzzles, reading, playing the piano, and writing to painting, gardening, spending time in nature, and taking time to do tasks that require mental concentration and effort, rather than simply consuming media and other forms of social entertainment.
Exercising your body goes hand-in-hand with protecting your brain from early onset dementia, since this will release endorphins and keep your mind in a healthy state. Without this, there are high chances of depression, loneliness, boredom, and lethargy setting in.
Not only does this keep your brain active and happy in the long run, but it also makes it easier to treat early onset Dementia – there are many different ways to identity and immediately treat the mild effects of Dementia, and this can prevent it from becoming worse if it’s done at the right time, combined with other healthy lifestyle choices.
3. Don’t Compromise on Sleep
Your friends and family may praise you for burning the midnight oil by pursuing your hobbies, studying for upcoming exams, or even running a side business – but remember that none of these activities are worth losing your sleepover.
Sleep is one of the best ways to build and maintain a healthy brain since your brain needs rest as much as your body does. By not giving it enough sleep, you’re preventing it from functioning at its best while also increasing the risk of suffering from other brain and memory-related issues in the long run.
4. Never Stop Learning
The best way to keep your brain active and healthy is by never putting an end to your learning journey. This is because when you learn, your brain begins to rewire itself and activates different parts that stay dormant otherwise. By continuously learning new things, you train your brain to stay active and prevent it from becoming stagnant or dull.