There’s a brain scientist out there who studied Alzheimer’s and she can now explain how you can stay mentally fit. Jessica Langbaum said that exercising the mental muscles can keep the brain sharp. She also has a doctorate in psychiatric epidemiology, and she does not have a formal mental fitness program. There are no computer brain games or crossword puzzles do to for her.
If you sit down and do Sudoku every day, it doesn’t mean that you’re going to prevent yourself from developing Alzheimer’s disease. So she does not use any kind of formal brain training program. She just goes to work. She said her job represents her daily cognitive training.
But is there any other way in which you can prevent Alzheimer’s?
There are some lifestyle factors that have a role in reducing the risk of getting Alzheimer’s disease and even other types of dementia. But there still have to be done some research regarding this matter.
The factors that are associated with the overall good health can reduce the risk of dementia and cognitive decline. Among these factors, we find keeping your brain busy through lifelong learning and having a healthy diet.
There are also some signs that the Mediterranean diet can reduce the risk of dementia and of the Alzheimer’s disease. This diet asks you to eat fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fish, legumes and olive oil instead of the standard one.
We don’t know for sure if it’s going to work, but you can do something about your overall health. You can avoid smoking, have a balanced diet (rich in vegetables, lean proteins and fruits), control the risk factors of high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol. Do some sport from time to time (aerobic exercises are perfect). Also, don’t forget that taking care of your mental health is crucial.
Laura grew up in a small town in northern Quebec. She studied chemistry in college, graduated, and married her husband one month later. They were then blessed with two baby boys within the first four years of marriage. Having babies gave their family a desire to return to the old paths – to nourish their family with traditional, homegrown foods; rid their home of toxic chemicals and petroleum products; and give their boys a chance to know a simple, sustainable way of life. They are currently building a homestead from scratch on two little acres in central Texas. There’s a lot to be done to become somewhat self-sufficient, but they are debt-free and get to spend their days living this simple, good life together with their five young children. Laura is an advocate for people with disabilities.