Alzheimer's Disease

What Is Alzheimer's Disease

Alzheimer's Disease is the most common type of Dementia and accounts for 60%-80% of all Dementia cases.  Dementia, which impairs thinking, behavior, and memory, commonly disrupts one's daily life.  Alzheimer's progresses over time and attacks the brain's nerve cells and neurons, which produce chemicals in the brain.  As the brain cells and neurons slowly break connections and deteriorate, Alzheimer's patients tend to lose short-term memory, proper judgment, and, in the worst cases, can lose language skills and bodily functions.  A common mistake is that Alzheimer's or Dementia is a normal part of getting old.  Most people who develop Alzheimer's or Dementia will have early onset forms of the disease, which can worsens over time. 


Signs Of Alzheimer's Disease

Because Alzheimer's is a disease that affects memory, common signs of the disease can be the inability to remember recent events or newly learned things.  An Alzheimer's or Dementia patient can usually remember things that happened a few or many years ago, but this too can be impaired as the disease progresses.  Other symptoms become more apparent over time.

  • Trouble Focusing
  • Inability to Remember Newly Learned Tasks
  • Dramatic Mood Swings or Outbursts
  • Memory Loss
  • Disorientation
  • Confusion About Events, Time, and Place
  • Difficulty Speaking, Walking, Swallowing
  • Feeling Confused or Frustrated
What Causes Alzheimer's Disease

The exact cause of Alzheimer's or Dementia is unknown.  What is known is that the symptoms caused by the disease are linked to two kinds of nerve damage.  If nerve cells get tangled or beta amyloid plaques (protein deposits) build up in the brain, symptoms associated with Alzheimer's or Dementia can occur.  The combination of genetics, environment, and lifestyle choices can be a probable cause, but these things vary from case to case.  

  • Head Injuries
  • High Cholesterol or Blood Sugar (can increase the chance of getting Alzheimer's)
  • Genetics
  • Health
  • Brain Cell or Nerve Damage
  • Tangled Nerve Cells
  • Built-up Plaque in the Brain

Dherbs Approach...adjusting your diet is always key!

Natural Remedies
  • An early diagnosis of Alzheimer's or Dementia can actually be a good thing.  This allows the patient to make educated choices about what treatments are the most helpful to control symptoms related to the specific diagnosis.  
  • Taking medication is sometimes necessary because scientists have yet to find a cure for the disease. Consuming coconut oil can help prevent cognitive decline and help memory performance.  Caprylic acid is the effective ingredient, and the body breaks it down into ketone protein bodies.  This ingredient is still undergoing clinical trials.
  • Consuming foods that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids can help reduced cognitive impairment.  Switching to a raw-foods or vegan diet is always beneficial for your overall health.  Avoiding alcohol, cigarettes, sugar, salt, fried food, meat, and dairy products goes a long way with improving general health. 
  • Ensuring that you get the proper amounts of vitamins D, E, and B12 can help with Alzheimer's or Dementia. The vitamins help protect brain cells, form neurotransmitters, and sometimes help prevent early symptoms of the disease.  Minerals are also important to proper health.  Maintaining a healthy immune system with a healthy diet and the right amount of vitamins and minerals can help with the disease. 
  • Stimulating the brain is a great way to keep brain activity healthy.  Doing crossword puzzles, playing with learning instruments, reading, or having stimulating discussions can help the brain's activity. 
Things you should eat
  • Radishes
  • Spinach or Kale
  • Cinnamon
  • Turmeric
  • Berries with Antioxidants (blueberries, strawberries, blackberries)
  • Coconut Oil
  • Plums
  • Oranges
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