It has been believed for a very long time now that there's nothing you can do to prevent getting Alzheimer's. You can either hope for a miraculous medicinal cure or you can keep a check on your lifestyle to reduce the risk. Now studies have shown that there is a possibility of staving it off if you make certain lifestyle and food related changes.
Exercise According to the Alzheimer's Research & Prevention Foundation, exercising regularly reduces your risk of developing Alzheimer's disease by almost 50%.
Stimulate your brain Remember those quick mental math sums we solved as kids? Apparently it's great to keep your brain alert. Keep at it! Indulge in some memory games, organize your desktop or your drawers. Before going to sleep try to remember what all activities you did the entire day in the same order. These little tricks can help you keep your brain healthy and active.
DietOmega-3 Fatty Acids Foods like walnuts, flax seeds, salmon and soybeans are high in omega-3's that help you keep your brain healthy. Be sure to eat them in moderation.
Include walnuts in your diet
Turmeric Our good old haldi is a wonder spice. According to studies, people who consume turmeric on a regular basis have shown better brain performance than those who don't. Use it in curries or dissolve some in your glass of milk.
Why fresh turmeric is good for you
Make a zingy curry with vegetables, spices and fresh turmeric
Dark chocolate We all know about the buzz around dark chocolate these days. If all that was not enough for you to switch from milk chocolate to dark, then this might. Flavonoid rich dark chocolate can help slow down the process of dementia and Alzheimer's.
Cooking with dark chocolate
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Green leafy vegetables Make green veggies like spinach and kale a part of your staple diet. We have known these greens as a powerhouse of nutrients but what we do not know is that it could do wonders to your mental health. Rich in vitamin K and Folic acid that helps the brain function with ease, it also helps boost memory and prevent dementia.
Berries Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries are not just pretty little fruits. Researchers have found that blueberries help protect the brain from oxidative stress and may reduce the effects of Alzheimer's or dementia. If you suspect the possibility of getting Alzheimer's, it's never too late to start. Small steps to begin.