8 Steps to Reverse Cognitive Decline
8 Steps to Reduce Cognitive Decline
Cognitive decline and dementia are becoming more and more prevalent every day.
Let’s look at a few statistics.
- Around half a million Americans under 65 have some form of dementia.
- The prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease doubles every 5 years.
- 5.1 million Americans may have Alzheimers.
- Alzheimer’s is now the seventh leading cause of death.
These are some scary numbers, and it’s only getting worse.
There are some things we can do about it though. Through educating ourselves and sharing the information, hopefully we can reduce this trend.
Type 3 Diabetes
Alzheimer’s is being called type 3 diabetes, essentially insulin resistance in the brain.
“Well, new research shows insulin resistance, or what I call diabesity (from eating too many carbs and sugar and not enough fat) is one of the major factors that starts the brain-damage cascade, which robs the memory of over half the people in their 80s, leading to a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease.” Dr. Mark Hyman
This doesn’t just suddenly affect the memories of the elderly. It starts when you are younger and just gradually declines and gets worse to the point that it becomes noticeable.
The good news is that cognitive decline and dementia can be prevented or even reversed.
Even if you aren’t suffering from cognitive decline, these 8 steps will improve your overall health and cognitive function.
8 Steps to Prevent or Reverse Memory Loss
1. Balance Your Blood Sugar
This is done by eating a diet of low-glycemic,whole foods and eliminating the garbage from your diet.
- Refined carbs
- Processed foods
- Vegetable and seed oils.
2. Eat Healthy Fats
Our bodies and minds perform at top speed with a diet of healthy fats. Our brains love them.
- Grass fed meat
- Grass fed butter
- Pastured Eggs
- Coconut oil, MCT oil or Brain Octane
- Olive Oil
- Nuts like walnuts and almonds
3. Exercise Daily
Some studies show that exercise can reduce, slow down and even prevent cognitive decline and other brain diseases. 
If you are physically able, we recommend high intensity interval training 1 to 3 times a week. The other days can be spent on activities less intense.
Some good ways to get daily exercise are as follows:
- Walk or jog
- Martial Arts
- Weight lifting
- Primal movement or mobility exercises
4. Supplement Wisely
It is nearly impossible to get all of the nutrition we need from food alone. This is why supplements are very important, but not just any supplements from a big box store. You need high quality vitamins in a form that can be absorbed by the body. Here are a few of the ones we recommend.
- Vitamin D-3
- Vitamin K-2
- Vitamin A (Cod Liver Oil)
- Vitamin B-12 + Folate
- EPA-DHA (Krill Oil)
5. Check Your Thyroid & Sex Hormone Levels
Our hormones influence so many different functions in you body and mind. The best way to get your levels checked is through a blood test. You can have your doctor order one, or you can pay for one online and go to a local clinic to have your blood drawn. AFF link
6. Detox From Mercury & Other Heavy Metals
Chances are good that you will benefit from naturally detoxing from heavy metals. If your levels are high, you may need to go through a medically supervised detox program.
Some natural ways to detox include:
7. Control Stress Levels
Stress has an enormous effect on the mind and body. It contributes to elevated levels of certain hormones, a decrease in others and large amounts of oxidative damage.
There are many different ways to deal with stress.
8. Get 8 Hours of Sleep Every Night
Getting adequate sleep is necessary for every function in our body. It should come as no surprise that studies show that poor sleep is a risk factor for cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s. 
You can check out some of our tips for better sleep here.