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You Can Change Your Risk for Alzheimer’s Disease

March 25, 2013  by 
Natasha Iyer

Did you know that if you live to age 80, one in two people will have Alzheimer’s disease?senior with alzheimer's being fed

With advances in modern medicine, the reality is that you are likely to live that long, in fact, longer.

If there is someone in the room next to you: look at them – 1 of you will be demented.

That means, 1 of you will not remember much at all, nothing from day to day, not able to make new memory, and be totally confused.

You may be aggressive and hit out at people, making it harder for nurses or family to look after you.

You may get to the point where you will pee and poop your pants because you can’t remember how to get around the house, nor what to do with a toilet.

Sound horrible???

It is!

Here is what you need to know about Alzheimer’s:

You can reduce your risk!

You see, Alzheimer’s disease is the accumulation of a type of protein in your brain.

What science now shows is that the earliest part of the process is not the reduction of the chemical called AcetylCholine, but INFLAMMATION.

What does this mean to you?

But I have a family history of this horrible illness” say some.

What I want you to know is that 80% of your genetic risk can be altered by what environment you allow your cells to bathe in. What is your DNA exposed to.

This is the internal environment of your body.

And this is simply what fuel you put in your body.

This in turn influences the biochemistry. And then this affects the processes that happen inside your body.

INFLAMMATION:

Without inflammation your body would have a tough time making the underlying processes of the diseases of aging like Alzheimer’s disease, Heart attacks, Parkinson’s disease and cancer.

This is your body’s attempt to protect itself, usually from harmful stimuli.

When your body is inflamed, you will more likely experience puffiness of your fingers and toes, aches and pains.

INFLAMMATION IS OFTEN SILENT. eg: While making a plaque prior to getting a heart attack.

Most importantly, inflammation is the process by which aging accelerates.

What can you do:

Avoid foods that promote inflammation

1. Sugar

And this doesn’t mean only the sugar you add into your drinks and foods.

Any carbohydrate that converts into sugar is what we are talking about here.

Knowing the GLYCEMIC INDEX of foods is what is important here.

Spikes in your blood sugar, even from eating a potato or corn or peas is important.

This leads to GLYCATION of proteins. These glycated proteins can cross into your brain and slowly stimulate chronic inflammation and the process that leads to Alzheimer’s disease.

This is the explanation behind the rapidly rising incidence of Alzheimer’s Disease.

Everything is ‘convenient’ and packed with sugar. All your foods that sit on shelves, even ‘healthy fruit juice’ are high in sugar and accelerate glycation.

Inflammation and glycation are related to each other and both influenced by your diet.

2. Oils that raise your Omega 6 ratio.

Sunflower, Canola, peanut.

Use cold pressed Olive oil, do not cook on high heat.

Macadamia nut oil is thought to be very healthy with an ideal Omega 3-6 ratio.

3. Red Meat

Not all red meat is bad. It is Feed Lot raised red meat (which is everywhere) that is bad for you.

These animals are fed corn and grain, which changes the good fat ratio in them. What used to be natural and a source of Omega 3; is now a source of inflammatory fats.

Eat organic meat or none at all.

4. Dairy

Dairy – I have raised my kids ‘dairy free’ for many reasons, and now I feel really good about the choice since dairy and dairy fat are inflammatory.

Cow’s milk protein is a common allergen, and most people do not realize how bad it makes them feel.

So dairy affects you and your risk in 2 ways: the sensitivity issue that is challenging your immune system and causin chronic inflammation, and secondly; the fat in it that is shown to be detrimental to your health.

Dr. Ron Krauss studied the effects of beef and dairy on cholesterol.

People eating beef 4 x day had healthier cholesterol levels than those who added dairy into their diet.

So just adding DAIRY to what should have been an unhealthy diet caused undesirable changes to the bad cholesterol in the test subject’s blood.

5. Grain

Grain is a carbohydrate. It turns to sugar.

Processing it increases the glycemic index to even higher levels.

Avoiding all grains is tough, but really a necessary step to getting healthier while reducing your risk for Alzheimer’s disease.

Natasha Iyer

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