Alzheimer’s disease is frightening. Ten years ago treating it was commonly thought to be hopeless, but advances in nutrition have shown that just might not be the case. There are several factors involved, but mastering a few simple lifestyle factors may be the difference between a healthy memory and ending up in an assisted living facility.
There are five basic ways to enhance and preserve brain function while adding years to your healthy brain. Each of these can make a profound impact on brain health and most of these factors can be put into action without much outside help:
- Taking multi-vitamins
- Controlling stress hormone
Eight hours of sleep does wonders for your memory. The brain actually detoxes and washes itself with cerebrospinal fluid multiple times as you sleep, doing work similar to the lymphatic system. Without deep, uninterrupted sleep, this doesn’t happen. Intermittent fasting of at least 12 hours nightly greatly enhances this effect.
Eating a whole food diet that controls blood sugar levels prevents more than just diabetes, strokes or heart attacks. Elevated blood sugar can cut off the energy supply to the brain and create inflammation – the perfect storm for ongoing brain deterioration and premature aging. Low carb/high fat diets are brain healthy as long as those fats are brain essentials. Coconut and MCT oil, DHA and other Omega-3’s, nuts, and avocados supply fuel and insulation to support the growth of new neural networks.
Exercise improves not only your muscles; it also tones up the brain. The increase in circulation is one of the key factors in memory function. Exercise has been shown to ramp up the flow to the hippocampus – the memory center of the brain. Increased blood flow leads to increased memory.
You can’t talk about the hippocampus without talking about stress. Elevated cortisol inflames the hippocampus and creates a toxic environment that destroys your memory. Combine this with nutritional deficiencies and you create the perfect environment for memory loss.
Modern living requires a modern approach to protecting and feeding your brain. When we created HerbWorks.com I was looking to stem the tide of stress and premature aging of the brain. I realized the formulas had to be put together in a way that was noticeable immediately and had profound long-term effects. TianChi was born.
TianChi helps re-establish homeostasis by strengthening the weaknesses that accompany long term stress. At the same time it provides specific nutrients that feed the neurotransmitters responsible for powering up your brain, processing information and help reduce inflammation.
Inner Peace soon followed. Inner Peace is a high-quality adaptogen blend that helps balance your HPA axis so that you remain calm and clear during times of sudden or unexpected stress. It also helps with long-term and low-level stress, which can eventually wear you down.
One thing to remember is that it takes 10 years of mental decline to have it show up in ways that impact normal functioning. The time to start this program is NOW!