How to fight off Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Stay mentally active to fight off Alzheimer’s and Dementia…learn something new!

I begin taking electric bass guitar lessons tomorrow!

Stay mentally active to fight off Alzheimer's and Dementia...learn something new!

No, this is not a mistake.  I’ve decided to learn to play a new instrument.  This time it’s electric bass guitar.

I’m sure when I walk in for my lesson tomorrow the teacher is going to wonder where the kid is who’s taking the lesson.  I’ll have to break it to him that the kid is me!

Did you know that when you learn something new, you help keep your brain young?  You create new connections and regenerate all that complicated brain stuff that dries up as you get older and become less active with your learning of new things.  Not happening to me, and I don’t want it to happen to you!

Did you also know that there are three or four simple, natural things you can incorporate into your daily routine to help protect yourself from Alzheimer’s and Dementia.

  1. Vitamin C – This is one of nature’s main anti-oxidants.  While many fruits and vegetables contain Vitamin C, it’s important to include a daily Vitamin C supplement to help protect yourself against AD.
  2. Folate – This is an important B vitamin that helps stave of AD as well as reduce the major risk factor for heart disease. It’s vital to include a high quality folic acid or B complex vitamin in your daily supplements.
  3. Coffee – This one tips both ways for me. Some studies say coffee is good for you; some studies say it’s bad.  I suggest you get all the information and make the decision that is best for you.  Personally, I have always loved the taste of coffee.  It’s purported to have benefits that support healthy brain cells and healthy blood circulation to the brain.  Unfortunately, coffee also causes your body to release cortisol which is key in increasing inflammation in the body.  I’ve made the choice to reduce my coffee consumption to the occasional treat to keep my inflammation down and have begun enjoying a cup of tea with xylitol and coconut milk in the morning instead of my morning cup o’joe.
  4. Vitamin E – This one is huge! A study was done with men and women who suffer from dementia; that study compared the effects of Vitamin E to a new AD drug.  There were dramatic improvements in the people who took Vitamin E, no improvement with the people who took the new AD drug and no improvement with the people who took both Vitamin E and the new AD drug.  The AD drug actually cancelled out the benefits of the Vitamin E!

I wanted to include some links for you to good quality versions of these vitamins, but honestly, I have to sift through all the bad stuff that’s out there for you before I’ll suggest anything. I’ll spend many hours finding three supplements that are good and that I would even consider suggesting you add to your daily vitamins.  I look for soy, gelatin, sugars, coloring, preservatives and a host of other ingredients that vitamin companies routinely include in their supplements.Good Quality Vitamins are Important

I promise I will find a good Vitamin C, B complex or at least folic acid (folate is found naturally in fruits and veggies, so when you add a supplement, it’s folic acid that you add) and a good source of Vitamin E.  As soon as I do, I will share with you!

Wish me luck on my first electric bass guitar lesson. I’m determined to keep my brain young!

Go out and learn something new; stay mentally active to fight off Alzheimer’s and Dementia.  It’s good for your brain!

Helping you achieve Major Wellness in Your Life!

Cheryl Major, CNWC

Cheryl A Major, CNWC at home with one of her sheep

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