There Is Hope For Alzheimer’s and Dementia: Prevention and Reduction
Recently many strides have been made to help those with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, which is part of the dementia diagnosis. Although there are many contributing factors to this brain disease, to put it very simply, the main problem is toxins settling in the brain.
Every time we think, we create a chemical reaction. Normally those chemicals get flushed from the brain several times per minute through spinal fluid recycling. When that cycle slows those chemicals become toxins in the brain.
There are many risk factors to the cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) slowing down that can be prevented. As people get older they are not as active and don’t drink as much water. Those are two risk factors. The largest risk factor to some types of dementia is having multiple concussions throughout your life. This is because the membranes and CSF can get impacted as the flow slows.
One nondrug treatment that has been showing promise is craniosacral therapy (CST). According to Upledger Institute, studies started in 2012 have shown that this treatment can increase CSF flow and flush some of these toxins out of the brain before more damage is done. Results have shown an improvement in symptoms and slowed the progression of new symptom development.
Mayo Clinic research suggests that lifestyle choices with known heart benefits, such as exercising on most days and eating a heart-healthy diet, may help prevent Alzheimer’s disease or delay its onset.
Dr. Robert Bayliss, in his lecturers on dementia, suggests that dancing is the best exercise for your brain health, as it exercises your cognitive ability as well as heart-healthy movement.
Prevention and slowed symptom progression are on the rise. If we can combine heart healthy habits of getting exercise, reducing stress, keeping our brains active, increasing our water intake, getting our CSF flowing better and avoiding brain trauma, perhaps we will be able to conquer this disease in the future.
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