Many of us happen to know at least one person who has been affected by dementia at some point later on in life. Dementia is one of the scariest diseases a person could become diagnosed with, which is why it is a good thing to know that there are ways that you can boost your chance of resisting this disease through simple, effective habits and lifestyle changes that you can make now for a healthier future.
If you know that you are at risk for developing dementia, or you would just like to start taking the necessary steps now in order to decrease your likelihood of developing this disease, read on to learn about some of the helpful tips that I came across while reading an article by Everyday Health about the connection between a healthy diet and a healthy aging mind. While there is no quick fix or cure for dementia, these tips can greatly reduce your risk of developing it.
It’s no secret that the people of the world who follow a Western diet are pretty guilty of some unhealthy habits, including the use of alcohol, tobacco, and processed junk foods with little to no nutritional value to offer at all. Meanwhile, researchers and scientists have found that among populations of the world that followed a Mediterranean diet, instances of dementia and other harmful diseases were much lower than in other areas of the world. Essentially, it is a good idea to take a cue from the people of the Mediterranean and to follow their food choices for a healthier body and brain.
The Mediterranean diet is high in healthy fats, including brain-healthy omega 3 fatty acids; these can be found in foods such as olive oil, avocados,salmon, and whole grains. Focus on a diet that is high in whole foods, legumes, and plant-based resources, and try to cut out processed foods, sugar, and red meat if you can, since these foods can cause inflammation in the body that can increase the likelihood of developing dementia over time.
In addition to starting up a nutritious diet, there are other healthy habits you can start up now for a smoother aging process later on. Chiropractic care in particular has been praised for its ability to improve overall health, due to its holistic approach to the body. Whether you suffer from back pain or not, regular chiropractic adjustments can work to lower levels of stress, strengthen the immune system, and help ward off infections and inflammation, which make fighting off dementia that much easier for the body to do as well.
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