Most of us have personally known someone affected by Alzheimer’s Disease and it is, without a doubt
, heart-breaking. In this disease and other forms of dementia, the brain cells and their connections begin to deteriorate and die at a progressing rate, eventually, leaving the person completely unable to care for themselves or perform basic functions. Most known for its symptom of memory loss, there are many other debilitating effects that can come along with it.
Loss of muscle control
...are just a few of the pathologies that those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s frequently face.
Fortunately, in recent years the scientific community has found clear causes to the decline of one's mental state, and more importantly how to prevent it.
How you can protect yourself from the deterioration of your nervous system
Prioritize balance and coordination
There is a direct correlation between the decline of our Vestibular system, which provides us with our sense of balance and coordination, and our cognitive abilities. Maintaining its function can aid in prevention of neurological decline later on.
Studies done over the last decade have concluded that a sustained and systemic immune response (or as most of us know it, inflammation) leads to progressing Alzheimer’s Disease. There are a vast amount of contributors to chronic inflammation including
Exposures to mold or other harmful toxins
Eating foods you’re intolerant too
Inflammatory foods such as dairy, gluten, processed sugars, bleached flours, etc.
Releasing too much cortisol - usually caused by prolonged perceived stress
Reducing inflammation with antioxidants and polyphenols can be extremely beneficial, but make sure to identify its root causes and limit those first.
Increase Dopamine Production
Dopamine is far more than just a “feel good neurotransmitter.” Science is determining that it also plays a large role in our brain health as we age. Links between low dopamine and Alzehimer’s and other forms of dementia have been identified, making it important that we keep these pathways working.
Make sure to get plenty of protein
Take care of your gut microbiome
Monitor your vitamin D levels
All of these will play a crucial role in maintaining healthy dopamine production as we age.
Bottom line, aging is a part of life but rapid deterioration does not have to be. There are plenty of variables that are easy enough to “push in the right direction” at home, with simple yet effective lifestyle habits. That being said, certain factors might seem overwhelming to address on your own.
Pain (physical or emotional) that causes chronic inflammation
GI issues such as Chrons, IBS, and undiagnosed intolerances
Improper movements patterns
When addressing these issues, you should feel absolutely no shame in seeking professional help. Get started moving your health in the right direction now with the help of Dr. Jordan and schedule your initial consultation today!