We do not want to keep forgetting things nor cease to remember important people in our lives. But no matter how we want to keep our memory sharp, Alzheimer’s disease destroys our mental functions.
Around 50 million people in the world suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. According to Alzheimer’s Association, “Alzheimer’s is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking, and behavior.” We should not consider it as a normal part of aging since it is a kind of disease that affects the person’s memory even by younger people. People who are 65 and older are the common victims of Alzheimer’s while the younger ones who get affected of this disease are known as early-onset Alzheimer’s.
Alzheimer’s is due to genetics, lifestyle and brain activities. Unable to handle stress is one factor that makes our brain tired. The death of brain cells results in severe memory loss. There is no cure for Alzheimer’s but there are foods that can prevent this disease from destroying our ability to live a normal life until we are older. We hate imagining ourselves being assisted by a nurse in order to live.
Some of the symptoms that worsen over time are forgetting people and events, repeating questions or conversations, missing personal belongings, poor understanding, poor eyesight, speech problems, mood changes, social withdrawal and loss of ideas. You are not able to say or do almost everything once you have Alzheimer’s. You may even forget that you are still alive and still capable of enjoying things with your family. Who wants to be left behind every time the family goes for a trip?
So what do we need to take care of in order to avoid Alzheimer’s? It’s our brain! Researchers at the Rush Medical Center in Chicago came up with a diet plan called the “MIND diet” which reduces the risk of getting Alzheimer’s by as much as 53 percent. First in the list is green leafy vegetables like broccoli, cabbage, spinach, collards, lettuce and the like. Nuts like almond, walnuts, and cashew are high in antioxidant. Nuts keep our brain young. Eating berries twice a week can protect you from Alzheimer’s. Blueberries and strawberries improve our cognitive function. Beans are high in fiber and protein, it helps to keep your mind sharp. Fish, olive oil, red meat, wine, and cheese are a good food to maintain in your MIND diet. We should include this in our diet every week to achieve our goal of getting rid of Alzheimer’s.
Fried foods should be out of the list to make this diet more successful. Snacking on fried or grilled foods lead to Alzheimer’s since cooking food in high temperatures produces chemicals that destroy our cells faster.
With the many ideas about Alzheimer’s and how to avoid it, it is important that we are aware of what we can do in order to keep our mind healthy. We should start remembering Alzheimer’s while we are young so we can forget it when we are old.