Having a healthy brain is incredibly important, afterall every part of our functioning body is controlled by the brain, the most complex structure in the universe as we know it. So when we notice our friends or relatives are experiencing a decline in the cognitive abilities, it’s not a surprise that we become concerned. Brain injuries themselves can even lead to dementia, so we need to treat the brain as soon as we can and I think you’ll find the following article encouraging.
No matter the cause of early cognitive decline, too many people, including physicians, assume that nothing can be done to stop or reverse the decline beyond prescribing medications. Too few doctors talk to patients and families about what else they can do to improve this condition.
What most people, including physicians, don’t realize is that 75% to 90% of the risk for developing a dementia-related illness lies with just three factors: quality of diet, smoking status, and the physical activity level. There is plenty to be done without relying on prescription medication.
Here are the top five things you can do to decrease your risk of developing cognitive decline. They’re also things you or someone you love who is already suffering from mild cognitive decline could do right now to improve health.
1. Eat more wild fish and grass-fed meat.
These contain DHA, or docosahexaenoic acid, an omega-3 fatty acid that the brain uses to make myelin, the insulation on the wiring between brain cells.
2. Eat 2 to 3 cups of green leafy vegetables each day, and organic clarified butter from grass-fed cows.
The butter is a good source of vitamin K2, and the bacteria in your gut will metabolize the vitamin K1 in the greens into vitamin K2. Your body needs vitamin K2 to properly use vitamin D and produce myelin.
3. Eat deeply pigmented berries and vegetables, such as beets.
Pigments are a marker for polyphenols, or antioxidants. Diets higher in antioxidants have lower rates of dementia and other forms of chronic disease.
4. Stop consuming any artificial sweeteners or flavor enhancers.
These compounds are excito-toxins, placed in your food to trick your brain into overconsumption. They also increase the amount of glutamate in your brain to excessive levels. It is best to avoid foods that have added foodlike chemicals.
5. Stop eating sugar and white flour-based products.
These products have a high glycemic index, meaning they cause a spike in blood sugar and insulin. Elevated insulin competes with enzymes that remove toxic tau proteins from the brain, preventing the brain from taking care of itself appropriately.