4 Natural Ways to Prevent Dementia
Dementia is the 6th leading cause of death in the U.S.. It affects more than 5 million Americans. Sadly, dementia can be genetic. The good news is there are natural ways to safeguard yourself from this debilitating condition.
Recent news highlights research finding that early-stage dementia can now be better spotted by the addition of a new diagnosis: mild behavioral impairment. Researchers believe this new pre-dementia stage precedes the hallmark symptoms of dementia, like challenges to thinking and memory.
Here are some of the criteria for mild behavioral impairment: If you notice you or your loved one exhibiting any of these for longer than a month:
- Unrealistic beliefs (not to be mistaken with religious beliefs)
- Easily agitated or irritable
- No longer doing activities routinely enjoyed
Be aware of these symptoms, especially if you or a loved one has a family history of neurodegenerative disorders. In these cases, your genetics may predispose you to dementia.
Don't fret, knowledge is power and can even prevent the onset of dementia!
Natural Ways to Protect Yourself From Dementia
Exercising your brain has been found to lower your risk of developing dementia. Researchers found that routinely reading books or even magazines can keep your mind sharp and ward away neurodegenerative disorders. They also found that social interaction helps too – volunteering, or doing other socially active activities helps protect your brain from Alzheimer's.
Getting a higher education degree also helps protect you from dementia. Researchers found that people with less years of education had an increased risk of developing Alzheimer's. If you have a family history of dementia, it might be worthwhile to consider a graduate program – it boosts your income and protects your brain!
If you don't like socializing or studying, mediation has been proven to lower your risk for dementia. Instead of forcing yourself to talk to people or cram books, you can sit quietly with your eyes closed and go on an inner journey. Meditation not only protects your brain, it boosts your heart health too!
Adopting the MIND diet has been proven to prevent dementia. It's also good for your heart and helps decrease your risk for cancer. Why? It's loaded with antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, and cuts out carcinogens (like red meat). In fact, researchers found that taking antioxidant supplements (like vitamin E) reduces your risk of developing dementia by 25 percent. So, if you don't want to change your whole diet, you can lower your risk by taking daily brain-enriching supplements, like Vitamin E and ginko biloba, which have been proven to boost your cognition and memory.
If you find your loved one or yourself experiencing early-stage dementia via the new diagnosis, mild behavioral impairment, take quick action and start doing these natural therapies. Hopefully you'll be able to protect both yourself and your loved ones from developing this devastating disease.