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Aging shouldn’t include dementia.
Do you find that the older you get, the easier it is to get lost when finding your way to a new destination? This is not just “aging.” This is neurodegeneration. Too often, signs of memory lapse and confusion are passed off as the normal aging process. It’s as if, more and more, we expect the body to break down as it ages. When in fact, the brain can remain strong and active through old age and up until death.
The Alzheimer’s Association tells us, according to 2011 figures, that after the age of 85, 43% of the U.S. population will have Alzheimer’s disease. (1) This number is astounding.
It’s important to remember that dementia is not a normal part of aging. With neurodegenerative conditions steadily on the rise, researchers are scrambling to figure out exactly what causes brain tissue to break down and essentially shrink. So far, a few clues have been gathered:
Before we go any further into the importance of diet, it is a good idea to have some understanding of what beta-amyloid plaques and tau protein tangles are since they are so prevalent in those who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease.
Beta-amyloid plaque, also called senile plaque, should not accumulate excessively in the brain. When it does, there is a strong association to activated microglia and astrocytes - your brain’s housekeeper cells. Beta-amyloid plaque is deposited around and outside of cells in the gray matter of the brain and prompts the release of inflammatory messengers.
When the brain’s housekeepers are working to clean up debris like dead neurons and plaque, the immune response has been turned on, and the resulting inflammation can be a dangerous thing because it means more tissue will be destroyed.
Neurons can become diseased when tau proteins gather together and form little clusters, which indeed look like a tangle.
It turns out that high blood sugar has a pretty definitive relationship to Alzheimer’s dementia. At this point, numerous studies have shown that those with elevated blood sugar are more predisposed to develop Alzheimer’s or dementia. (5)(6)
If you eat a modern diet, chances are that you also consume large quantities of pro-inflammatory oils and large amounts carbohydrates, which, for most Americans, are often a staple in every meal. The carbohydrates that many Americans eat are often highly refined, processed, and even genetically altered to the point where these carbs raise blood sugar quicker than a spoonful of sugar.
It’s possible to eat in a way that actually protects your brain. Practicing the 7 Body Ecology Principles helps to unwind the cascade of events related to high blood sugar and chronic degenerative disease.
The Body Ecology Core Program was designed after 30 years of research to set you up with the right tools to help change old dietary habits and rebuild the core digestive health, the basis of longevity.
The Alzheimer's Association tells us that after the age of 85, 43% of Americans will have Alzheimer's disease. The good news is that dementia does not have to be a normal part of the aging process. In other cultures that do not eat the standard American diet, dementia is virtually unheard of, regardless of age.
Diet has been shown to play a role in the development of Alzheimer's. Numerous studies have indicated that people with high blood sugar are more likely to suffer from Alzheimer's and dementia. This high blood sugar is likely caused by modern industrial foods like wheat, refined sugars, vegetable oil, and pasteurized dairy products.
You can protect your brain health by choosing the right foods and adding fermented foods and beverages to your diet. Healthy bacteria will reduce inflammation and promote brain health at the same time.
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