Can we Prevent Alzheimer’s?
Can We Prevent Alzheimer’s?
With the rise of cognitive disease, now the third leading cause of death (taking smokers out of the mix), there is an arms race for the right pharmaceutical to treat Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and more.
What if there was a way to prevent or even reverse cognitive decline?
I think there is a way. In fact, we’ll be providing some compelling evidence and protocols for doing just that. Using just food and a few supplements.
Part of everyone’s lifestyle should be the proper use of food as medicine. Cilantro, pepper and turmeric certainly fall into that class. Not only do these taste great, but they also reduce inflammation, a leading cause of many diseases and help remove toxins from the body.
Everyone should explore natural foods that are healing and incorporate them into their life.
Dr. Perlmutter, Dr D’Agostino and others write that we can prevent and possibly reverse cognitive decline, and they even believe this extends to Alzheimer’s.
What’s the protocol they recommend?
Well, we’re not doctors and we don’t pretend to be doctors on the internet. What we present here is based on information and science from sources we trust. Please do your own research or consult your own preferred health practitioner. Without further ado, this is what we have come to believe is the best advice based on the latest science for slowing, avoiding or perhaps even reversing cognitive decline.
Stop Eating Carbohydrates
We mean refined carbohydrates mostly, but also carbohydrates in general. No one should still be arguing that sugar is healthy. So please avoid food with added sugar.
Also avoid all sugar sweetened beverages. There is no reason to drink a beverage sweetened with sugar.
Begin to reduce or eliminate other carbohydrate foods such as breads, pastas, and even grains. Yes, that includes whole grains.
Carbohydrates are the one macronutrient that are not required by the body at all. I still think our bodies need some carbohydrate to perform optimally, but that amount is far less than most of us think. In addition, carbohydrates are the one macronutrient that we literally can live without, they are not essential as our body can make all the things it needs from fats and proteins. Again, we do not think the optimal amount is zero, as carbohydrates should be used as performance enhancing substances and we all want to perform well.
People still often tell us that whole grains are healthy. The research is beginning to show what many in the paleo movement already know. Not only can we obtain any and all nutrition that comes from grains from other foods, but the high amount of carbohydrates contained in grains may not be healthy for our bodies.
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Eat More Fat
Fat is not evil.
In fact it’s healthy and protective of the brain. Fat has many uses in the body and is essential to human health. We cannot live without eating fat.
Increasing the amount of fat we eat, perhaps as high as 50% of our total calories, may be ideal for many of us and may be one of the keys to avoiding cognitive decline.
Not all fats are equal and some fat is unhealthy and downright dangerous to consume.
Appropriate amounts of saturated fat are healthy for us.
Omega 3 fats like DHA are critical to proper functioning of our body and brain. We must ensure to get adequate amounts of omega 3 fats, such as those from wild caught fish and grass fed meats. We can also supplement with these fats, but must ensure that the source of our supplements is not oxidized, rancid or otherwise toxic.
Polyunsaturated vegetable fats can also be healthy and necessary for our bodies. However, the majority of our sources of these fats are toxic before we even bring them home.
Heat, light and oxygen destroy fragile polyunsaturated vegetable fats.
Store bought vegetable oil, the kind many people use for cooking are rancid before you even take them home from the store. They have been exposed to heat and oxygen during processing, and are packaged in clear containers, exposing them to light as they sit on the store shelves. Then we heat the oil to high temperature when we cook with it (heat destroys the oils goodness).
Eat More Vegetables
Load up on vegetables.
So many people in our country are overfed and undernourished. We eat and eat, but are missing the micronutrients that give us optimal health.
Vegetables provide those micronutrients. We should be eating 6-12 servings of vegetables a day in our opinion. This may seem like a lot, but even if you skip breakfast, you should be able to fit in this many servings. Besides, eating more veggies will not only give you important micronutrients, they help you feel full so you dont overeat lower quality foods and provide you with soluble and insoluble heart healthy fiber.
What To Do Instead
Instead of carbohydrates – Fill up on vegetables. Lots of vegetables. I haven’t met a diet guru yet who has ever said to avoid vegetables. You can have a big salad for lunch that might give you 3-6 servings of veggies or more. Cover three quarters of your plate at dinner with veggies and you’ll likely exceed your 6 servings for the day, on just two meals.
Sometimes a plate of cooked veggies makes me feel like I’m spending 30 minutes chewing and chewing and chewing and I get bored. so I have two tricks I use to get in my veggies.
My lunch is either a veggie soup with added protein or a big ass salad every day at lunch. For the soup I make a pot of bone broth and then toss in tons, and I mean I fill a 3 gallon stockpot, with veggies and broth. I then blender that down into a smooth soup and freeze it in glass jars that I take out each morning for my lunch.The salad I eat closely mimics Mark Sisson’s or Ben Greenfield’s.
For dinner I cook broccoli, cauliflower, and lots of greens like kale or spinach. I throw it all into a blender with some butter and seasonings and end up with 4-5 servings of veggies that taste amazing and are easy to eat.
Drink Tea, Coffee, Water, Kombucha and whole fruit smoothies made without added juice.
Add Stevia, Erythritol, or Sorbitol for sweeteners.
If you need or want carbohydrates, get them from vegetable sources like sweet potatoes or white potatoes. Have these occasionally or around your workouts, but not for every meal.
This is only the beginning. There are more tips and tricks to reduce inflammation and increase your performance and reduce your probability of other decline. Stay tuned for more.