Dementia is a decline of reasoning, memory, and other mental abilities (the cognitive functions). This decline eventually impairs the ability to carry out everyday activities such as driving; household chores; and even personal care such as bathing, dressing, and feeding (often called activities of daily living, or ADLs).
Dementia has many different causes, some of which are difficult to tell apart. Many medical conditions can cause dementia symptoms, especially in older people.
Following is 5 steps to reduce dementia:
Get more omega-3 into your diet. Omega-3 fatty acids play a vital role in cognitive function. Your brain is made up of 60% fats. You’ll find that the brain is made up of 25-30% of DHA fats. DHA found in omega-3, are fats your brain requires. DHA can play a role in improving memory, along with protecting your brain. DHA will prevent Alzheimer’s and dementia. Fish oils contain the highest amount of omega-3.
Exercise your brain. Just exercising alone, like running, jogging for example, can increase oxygen to your brain. Work out your brain. Do crossword puzzles, that provides activity that your brain needs. Read and learn a lot. Do activities that for your brain to be active.
Get more minerals and vitamins into your diet. Not just dieting, but avoid smoking and drinking. Smoking reduces oxygen to your brain. Alcohol kills brain cells. It kills quite a few of them. You want to eliminate both, or drink alcohol moderately. Getting vitamin E into your diet can contribute to slowing down free radicals in the body. Green tea helps get rid of free radicals as well. A lot of minerals, like iron, potassium, magnesium contribute to supporting brain health. Vitamins and minerals contribute to reducing your risk of dementia. Vitamin supplements are recommended. Specifically vitamin C and E contribute to reducing dementia risks.
Avoid stress in your life. Stress effects you mentally. It takes a lot out of you physically and mentally. Stress can be avoided by removing yourself from stressful situations. Stress, anxiety, and depression increase dementia risks. Actually a lot of what you eat can contribute to your mood. Omega-3, green tea, chamomile tea, and gingko can all help reduce aggressive behavior and help reduces depression.
Find love and peace in the world. That might sound cliche, but happiness can contribute to better health. Why not put all your worries aside, and find something beautiful and meaningful in your life? There really isn’t much of a reason to be unhappy in life. Most problems are expanded by our exaggerations, where we make them bigger than what they are. Did you ever ask yourself why you are unhappy? You might find there really isn’t as many reasons as you think. Maybe you’ve never really reached out and grabbed the things you’ve really wanted in life. That explains why you’re not enjoying life more. You can have everything you want, just reach out and grab it.
Mental health problems come as we age. It’s a part of life. Bringing more positive energy, love, and peace into your life will help protect your cognitive health. When your mind starts to slip, so does your life.