World Alzheimer’s Day

World Alzheimer’s Day: Ways to keep the disease at bay

September 21, 2019

As we get older, Alzheimer’s disease can become one of our main causes of worry. Alzheimer’s disease is a neurological disorder wherein the death of brain cells slowly causes loss of memory and cognitive decline. A lot of people get confused between Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Dementia covers a wide range of conditions connected to memory loss, remembering appointments, dates, language, and loss of cognitive and problem solving skills which can affect one severely. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia.

Few early warning signs of the disease include misplacing things often, problem in forming thoughts or keeping a trail of it, forgetting important dates, among others. Although there are no conclusive studies that prove Alzheimer’s disease can be prevented thoroughly, certain lifestyle changes can keep it at bay.

On the occasion of World Alzheimer’s Day, observed on September 21, let’s look at six ways in which you can keep the disease at bay:

1. Include greens! Kale, spinach, broccoli and other green veggies are loaded with vitamins A and C and other nutrients. Nuts are also a great source of boosting brain health; it lowers bad cholesterol as well as reduces the risk of heart disease.

2. Start munching on blueberries as they are potent for brain health. Fish, poultry and red meat are good for brain. However, make sure that you just have it once or twice in a week. Don’t go overboard. AVOID JUNK FOOD!

Recommended: Human brain loves food loaded with carbs & fats

3. Exercises releases endorphins and doing it regularly can help you to stay fit, physically, emotionally and mentally. Moderate exercises 3-4 times a week including light weights can help you a lot. Include exercises where you have to use your mind and body co-ordination. Yoga is great for people of any age group.

4. Quality of your sleep is another crucial factor to check if you suffer from sleep apnea or even Alzheimer. If you have been experiencing disturbed sleep often then it is good to speak to your doctor. Having a sleep routine is very important. Your brain functions better to a regular sleep cycle.

5. Learn something new. One thing that can prevent Alzheimer is by keeping your mind as busy as possible. Chess, Sudoku, spelling challenges are some of the well-known brain stimulating games. Read a new book, study a foreign language, keep yourself as busy as possible.

6. Interact and socialise. Humans thrive in the company of others and so does your brain. Meet new people; go to parks with your friends for long walks. Keep a check on your stress levels, as that too can trigger this condition.

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