Alzheimer’s Disease Week: Foods To Include

Currently western medicine has no effective treatments, instead using medications to reduce dementia symptoms. The average person with Alzheimers is expected to live for eight years after symptoms begin, but before this is the huge toll this disease is having on the familiesdealing with it. Alzheimer’s disease typically affects people aged 65 years and over, although younger-onset Alzheimer’s is on this rise.

Your diet isa huge contributor, and probably the greatest risk factor. To help prevent Alzheimer’s we need to focus on a diet that fuels your brain and body with healthy fats, omits trans-fats and outer processed oils,, contains very little sugar, and is low incarbohydrates. This healthy way of eating is beneficial not only for Alzheimer’s, but diabetes and heart disease as well.

Include

– Organic, unprocessed food is essential

– The Mediterranean Diet has been shown to be one of the best ways of keeping the brain from developing the toxic plaques associated with the development of Alzheimer’s disease.

– Whole grains, a few times a week and ensure they are properly prepared.

– Red meat: 60g once or twice a week (or less)

– Wild-caught seafood twice a week

– Fruits and vegetables, especially leafy greens like spinach and kale and non-starchy veggies like eggplant, cauliflower, artichokes, tomatoes and fennel.

– Healthy fats like wild-caught fish, nuts, seeds, olives and their unrefined oils.

– Pulses, legumes and beans, properly prepared.

– Herbs and spices high in antioxidants like parsley, rosemary, oregano.

– Fermented dairy like yoghurt, kefir or quark, to create healthy bacteria in out gut and brain.

– Eggs, goat milk and poultry, organic of course.

– Tea and coffee, organic.

– Clean water. Avoid tap water.

– Red Wine, preferably organic and preservative -free

– Foods high in zinc like pepitas, oysters, organic fermented dairy products like yogurt and kefir, beans and pulses, wild-caught fish and some organic grass-fed meats.

– Coconut oil and MCT, especially when coupled with a low carb’ diet, serves as brain fuel instead of glucose.

– Magnesium rich foods like green leafy veggies, dark chocolate, almonds, pumpkin seeds, yoghurt and kefir, avocado and black beans.

– Fibre: mostly from fruits and veggies, not grains and cereals.

For more info’ on Alzheimer’s Disease, check out my Blog.

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