Dementia is the loss of mental functions like thinking, memory, and reasoning that is so severe that it interferes with a person’s daily functioning. Dementia develops when the parts of the brain that are involved in learning, memory, decision-making, and language are affected by a variety of infections or disease.
-Certain types of hydrocephalus
-Illnesses in the kidneys, liver, and lungs
Researchers believe that about half of all people over the age of 80 develop Alzheimer’s disease, which can lead to developing dementia. About 5-8 percent of all people over the age of 65 have some form of dementia and the numbers double every 5 years. However, there are treatable dementias:
-Dementia from long-term substance abuse
-Subdural hematoma, usually caused by head injury
-Normal pressure hydrocephalus
Untreatable causes of dementia:
-Dementias associated with Parkinson’s disease
-AIDS dementia complex
Tips to help prevent dementia:
1. Avoid sugar and refine fructose
Try to keep you sugar level at a minimum. Your total body fructose level should be below 25 grams per day or 15 grams a day if you have diabetes.
2. Optimize gut flora
Try eating more fermented foods regularly or take high-quality probiotic supplements.
3. Avoid gluten and casein
The blood-brain barrier is negatively affected by gluten, and gluten makes the gut more permeable by allowing proteins to enter the bloodstream which results in an overly sensitized immune system. An overly sensitized immune system promotes inflammation and autoimmunity, and both are important in the development of Alzheimer’s.
4. Have a rich in folates diet
Folic acid helps the brain function properly, so getting enough folic acid in the diet is crucial. Eating raw vegetables will give you plenty of folates you need.
5. Increase healthy fats like omega-3s
The brain needs healthy fats just like the rest of the body. You can find healthy fats in coconut oil, avocados, raw nuts like pecans, and macadamia, butter made from grass-fed organic milk, grass-fed meats, raw dairy, organic pastured egg yolks, and Unheated organic nut oils.
6. Increase magnesium levels
Research suggests that a decrease in Alzheimer’s symptoms has been linked to an increased intake of magnesium.
7. Reduce calorie intake or intermittently fast
Keytones mobilize when you replace the carbs with coconut oil and other healthy fats. Intermittent fasting encourages the body to burn fat and repair insulin/leptin resistance.
8. Stay physically active
Exercising keeps the brain cells active, which helps the brain develop new brain cells. If the body is healthy, the brain is healthy.