At 65, 1 in 10 people have Alzheimer's disease. By 85, nearly half of all Americans suffer from it. But there are ways to prevent Alzheimer's, and Body Ecology's system for health and healing is uniquely suited for natural prevention.
One of the saddest and most debilitating diseases of all is Alzheimer's. Currently some 4 million Americans have this degenerative disease of the brain while 19 million Americans have family members with Alzheimer's or dementia.1
With 78 million baby boomers in the US heading into the later decades of their lives, we can expect those depressing statistics to keep increasing. We must begin right now to reverse this trend. It will soon have a devastating effect on our economy and the younger generations.
Alzheimer's slowly creeps up on mostly older people, robbing them of their memories, their ability to function day to day, and eventually their lives.
By the age of 65, 1 in 10 people have Alzheimer's, and by age 85, nearly half of all people do.2
This is hard to believe with the amazing advances in medical science, but the true causes of Alzheimer's remain a modern medical mystery.
Medical researchers do know that Alzheimer's sufferers have reduced levels of a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine in certain parts of their brains. The disease also results in a substantial loss of brain cells and causes changes in the brain ... be sure to read about "tangles and plaques."
Fortunately, recent research has identified some lifestyle choices that may influence Alzheimer's development and affect overall health so that we may one day see a decrease of this devastating disease. Body Ecology can offer you vital information to help.
Alzheimer's Disease: How To Prevent It
The causes of Alzheimer's disease are multi-faceted and include genetics, nutrition, and lifestyle choices. Recent research has shed light on tangible risk factors, giving us new approaches to treatment and especially Alzheimer's prevention.
I developed the Body Ecology diet to be a comprehensive approach to wellness, whether you struggle with viral and fungal infections or chronic disease like cancer and Alzheimer's. I feel passionately that education about diet and lifestyle choices must be taught quickly to millions of Americans to prevent the suffering ahead. So, for over 20 years I have researched and pulled together important information that can help us turn around this crisis we now face.
The Body Ecology system is about using both nutrition and lifestyle choices to empower your body to heal itself, delaying and even preventing the onset of illness and disease. This approach can be applied to any one of any age group with any condition and it is also especially suited to the prevention of Alzheimer's.
Here are some ways to prevent Alzheimer's disease:
- Increase your intake of omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids, especially docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), can slow the progression of Alzheimer's disease. You can find healthy omega-3 fatty acids in raw, soaked walnuts, wild caught salmon, and fresh organic DHA and pasture fed eggs.
The Body Ecology diet also incorporates sea vegetables that contain Omega 3's, too, like kelp and nori. These vegetables from the ocean (often known as seaweed) are amazing whole food sources of valuable minerals and omega-3 fatty acids.
Our own green drink formula called, Vitality Super Green, is another excellent and convenient source of Omega 3 from the fermented algae and cereal grasses.
- Eat Raw Butter. Raw Butter... who doesn't love it? But when the first of the baby boomers were growing up, their parents were convinced that margarine was better than butter. Furthermore, few baby boomers were breast fed. But breast milk is over 50% raw fat. Why would Mother Nature want us to consume raw fat? Because the baby's developing brain needs this raw, saturated fat. And so do the brains of all children and all adults. Both butter and ghee are important fats on the Body Ecology Diet. With us you can enjoy their delicious taste while feeling good that they are nourishing your brain and helping prevent Alzheimer's. (And no, the raw butter will not make you fat. In fact it will help you stay lean and muscular. When it is made from milk obtained from grass-fed cows it contains CLA, an important fatty acid for staying slender.) For more on this topic read, The 20 Health Benefits of Real Butter.
- Maintain a healthy body weight. According to the American Academy of Neurology, people who are overweight in their 40's have a greater risk for developing Alzheimer's later on in life. Another study found that middle age weight gain has negative effects on your brain-functioning as you get older!
Body Ecology's system for wellness is uniquely suited to help you achieve balance in your food intake and your weight. You reach yournatural body weight without feeling like you have to diet.
- Avoid aluminum. Aluminum has been tied repeatedly to Alzheimer's, and doctors have found concentrations of aluminum in the brains of people who died from the disease.5
While we may not be able to prevent all intake of aluminum (it's present in dust and some unprocessed foods), we should certainly make conscious attempts to avoid it from other sources. Common products with aluminum include: store bought cornbread, buffered aspirin, antacids, aluminum cookware, and antiperspirants. Are any of these in your kitchen or bathroom cabinets?
- Avoid exposure to mercury. The heavy metal mercury may be tied to a variety of diseases, and reports indicate that mercury is a factor in neurological damage that relates to Alzheimer's.6
You might be exposed to mercury from dental fillings, contaminated fish, and some vaccines... like the yearly flu vaccine.
First, remove any sources of mercury from your diet and lifestyle. If you have mercury in your dental fillings, have them removed by a competent holistic dentist who specialized in mercury removal.
Next, it's important to detoxify your body naturally. Body Ecology's Ocean Plant Extract is an excellent way to address heavy metal toxicity and provides complete nutritional support for your healthy lifestyle. It also nourishes the thyroid and protects against radiation.
- Colonics are a must! To help detoxify, colonics are essential. Find a certified colon therapist and have a colonic whenever your body shows signs of needing them. When you are feeling tired, when your joints are aching, when you feel bloated or full of gas, when you are doing your yearly spring cleansing, have skin rashes or feel flu-like. These are all symptoms of and indicate that you need to clean your colon.
But you will want to do implants after cleaning your colon. These implants could contain minerals, vitamin C and even a tablespoon of nutritional oil like olive oil, Organic Coconut Oil or Ghee. A cup of young coconut kefir also makes an excellent implant.
- Try fermented foods and drinks. Fermented foods and drinks are not a new phenomenon; they've been around for centuries. Only now are we re-discovering the benefits of these ancient healing foods that are the basis of the entire Body Ecology diet.
Cultured vegetables and fermented drinks like Young Coconut Kefir provide your body with active beneficial bacteria and yeast. These good bacteria and yeast (also known as probiotics) populate your intestines and perform a variety of helpful functions. These microflora are a great way to help prevent Alzheimer's for a number of reasons.
First, they actually have the ability to manufacture important B vitamins right down inside your digestive tract where they can beabsorbed immediately by your body. This is a far better way to obtain and these important B vitamins, like B12 and folic acid than by purchasing expensive supplements. Scientists have found that B-12 and folic acid work together to reduce homocysteine levels in your blood. Homocysteine has a neuro-toxic effect in your body and can lead to diseases like Alzheimer's.7
When you eat or drink foods that have been fermented, the beneficial microflora multiply the nutrients in those fermented foods by hundreds of times. They also improve your ability to absorb nutrients by acting like digestive enzymes. This is important because as we age our body produces less digestive enzymes and our ability to digest nutrients - including those nutrients important for brain health - becomes quite poor. Since microflora also help nurture and protect the gut wall barrier they create a healthy intestinal lining - also essential to ensure proper absorption of nutrients.
And if you love fish but have been avoiding it because of the warnings about mercury, a diet rich in probiotic foods - like The Body Ecology Diet - is welcomed good news. The microflora become scavengers for the mercury and can bind it up or eliminate it altogether.
Probiotic-rich fermented foods and drinks are staples of the Body Ecology diet. They offer comprehensive health benefits for people of all ages, and can contribute to your natural health strategies to prevent Alzheimer's!
If fermented foods and drinks are new to you, try these easy ideas:
- Young Coconut Kefir is a delicious, effervescent probiotic liquid that you can make at home!
- Cultured Vegetables provide you with the vitamins and minerals of raw vegetables plus the added benefit of probiotics! They are a tasty addition to every meal.
- Body Ecology probiotic liquids are ready to go and make healthy living super convenient. Try CocoBiotic or our newest gluten-free energy drink, InnergyBiotic.
- Eliminate Sugar. There is a significant amount of research showing that sugar leads to Alzheimers. In fact a recent study in the US found that mice given a sugar solution (like you obtain when you drink soft drinks) as part of their daily diets showed increased signs of developing the disease.8
Also researchers have found that elevated insulin and blood sugar levels actually damage the brain and can cause dementia. They have linked inflammation in the brain to high blood sugar. Further, when there is less insulin in the brain, there is less glucose to feed your brain cells and to keep them healthy.
Excess sugar leads to blood sugar disorders like diabetes. Diabetes often accompanies Alzheimer and has been shown to increase the production of proteins that clump in your brain.
Avoid Alzheimer's and other risks related to diabetes by eating fermented foods and drinking probiotic liquids. The microflora in these foods eat up the natural sugars in our diet so that the sugar is not damaging. (However, it is important to note that excess amounts of sugar will kill the beneficial microflora.)
To help you initially cut down on your intake of refined sugars (and hopefully eventually eliminate it all together), Body Ecology offers two delicious alternatives. With these you can still enjoy the sweet taste we humans naturally love.
Stevia is an extraordinarily sweet herb related to the chrysanthemum family that has been used as a sweetener in South America for centuries. Now you can use Stevia to satisfy your sweet tooth without putting you at risk for weight gain, diabetes or Alzheimer's disease.
Lakanto has been used in Japan for over 10 years and is recommended by the Japanese ministry of health for diabetes and obesity. Body Ecology has brought Lakanto here to the US market because it is a delicious easy to use sugar substitute that looks and taste like natural sugar but without the calories. Read more about Body Ecology's no-calorie all-natural Lakanto now.
The all-natural Lakanto is a safe option for hypoglycemics, diabetics and people struggling with candida. It is one of the most important products Body Ecology has ever offered, and the ideal sugar substitute for everyone's healthy lifestyle. Teaspoon for teaspoon, it matches the sweetness of sugar but without any calories!
You deserve to feel your best in body, mind and spirit. Eating healthy foods is not only a way to improve your physical health, it also improves your memory and emotional health.
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- Dotinga, Randy, "Weight in Middle Age Linked to Cognitive Trouble in Old Age," HealthDay. http://www.obesitydiscussion.com/forums/effects-of-obesity/weight-middle-age-linked-cognitive-250.html
- McDougall, Dr. John, "Alzheimer's Again Linked to Aluminum," Rense.com. http://www.rense.com/general37/alum.htm
- "Mercury Toxicity and Diseases, Alzheimer's and Dimentia," CureZone.com.
- "Fight Alzheimer's and Heart Disease with B Vitamins," Life-Enhancement.com.
- "Mayo Clinic Highlights Possible Diabetes Alzheimer's Connection," MedicalNewsToday.com, 5 May 2007. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/69888.php