By Jane Sandwood
Dementia is used to describe a category of degenerative neurological brain diseases that affect the ability to think and remember. It is sadly a common ailment in the United States; over 5 million people in the country are diagnosed with it. It’s a scary disease, but there is hope. There are things you can do every day to help prevent dementia that are all natural. Better still, dementia is slow to take hold, so even after it has been diagnosed these methods of treatment can slow or even halt the disease’s onset.
Achieving peace through meditation has been scientifically proven to prevent and slow dementia. It reduces stress, strengthens brain tissue, prevents neural decay and provides a host of other benefits. With at least two hours of yoga or similar meditative practice a week, you can nurture your calmness, strengthen your brain and increase its size!
What you eat has a direct effect on your mood as well as your brain function. One of the best things you can increase in your diet to fight dementia is omega-3 fatty acids. You can get these from walnuts, flaxseed oil, chia seeds and spinach. Other greens like kale and broccoli have high folate, B9 and amino acids that are vital for cognitive function.
Getting Better Exercise
Wellness is about being complete in body, mind and soul. An overall healthy body will help you maintain a healthy mind. Daily aerobic exercise, even light exercise like walking and easy yoga can contribute to the fight against dementia. The increased blood flow to the brain increases the number of connections the brain makes and improves its strength.
Connecting With Others
The first reaction to being diagnosed with dementia may be to slip into depression and withdraw from people. This response is the worst possible thing to do! Not only is depression dangerous, but it also accelerates the onset of dementia. Becoming withdrawn and feelings of loneliness have direct links to increased neurological decay.
Increasing your number of social connections and strengthening the bonds that already exist can have a measurable effect against dementia. Emotionally engaging with your friends and loved ones is a complex cognitive function and regularly exercising it strengthens the brain. Save your mind, make new friends!
Don’t Give Up Hope
A dementia diagnosis isn’t the end; you can fight it, slow it down and maybe even stop it. Keeping the things we love takes work, and your mind is who you are. So, love yourself and fight to keep it.
Jane Sandwood is a professional freelance writer and editor with over 10 years of experience across many fields. Jane has a particular interest in issues relating to elderly care and health.