Does the strain of modern living make you feel like you’re losing your mind? If so, you should listen to your feelings. Dementia and other mental health problems are on the rise, and it’s due to the unhealthy lifestyles that many people lead. Unless you start making changes for the better, your chances of losing your mind to dementia are 1 in 3. The good news is, there are 5 simple things you can do – starting right now – that can reduce your chances of developing these diseases:
Diabetes – 50% reduction of risk
Vascular (heart) disease – 50% risk reduction
Dementia – 60% lower risk
All cause mortality – 60% reduced risk
These 5 health tips cost little to nothing, in fact you will probably save money by cutting out some unhealthy things from your lifestyle.
1. If you smoke, stop.
Smoking is a leading cause of death in America, it is well known to increase your risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and now dementia. Several studies have shown that the sooner you quit, the better. Be careful, while e-cigarettes are touted as a safer alternative, no studies have been done to test this claim, and many health experts are openly skeptical that e-cigarettes are any safer than actual cigarettes.
2. Get some exercise
Exercise has long been known to lead to better health, but it’s benefit for reducing the risk of dementia has only recently been studied. Research shows that exercise has positive effects on heart health and emotional well-being. Improvements in both have been shown to be correlated with lower rates of Alzheimer’s and dementia.
3. Keep Learning
Keeping your mind active by learning new things has been shown to reduce your risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s. Education in general has been shown to have a positive effect on life expectancy, partly due to the fact that better educated people make better health choices for themselves. The brain is just like a muscle in that you have to use it to keep it strong.
4. Change your diet
Your body uses a bicarbonate “buffer” to protect itself from acidity, but as you age, that buffer declines. Because of this, it makes sense to reduce the acid-load you put on your body as you get older. Two recent studies confirm this: People who change their diet to one that’s more alkaline significantly reduce their risk of heart attack, stroke, diabetes, bone loss and dementia.
5. Drink alkaline water
A recently released study called “The neuroprotective effects of electrolyzed reduced water and its model water containing molecular hydrogen and Pt nanoparticles” shows that alkaline water is good for brain health. In the study, alkaline water was shown to protect brain cells from oxidative damage. Acidity in the brain causes oxidative damage, and that damage has been linked to Alzheimer’s, dementia, and even multiple sclerosis.
Dementia rates are declining, even as the number of people affected by it increases
The news on dementia is both good and bad, best of all, there’s hope. The rate of new dementia diagnosis as a percentage of population is declining. But at the same time, the number of people diagnosed with dementia continues to rise. How can this be happening?
In many countries, the population is aging. This is particularly true in the US as the baby boomer generation is entering retirement. Another fact is that people are living longer, and the risk of dementia increases with age. Today, your chances of suffering from dementia in old age are one in 3.
The largest ever study on centenarians – people who live to be 100 or older, confirms all the previous tips in this article. Okinawans live simple, healthy lives that include things like gardening and yoga. The water they drink is alkaline, rich in coral calcium, with a pH of 10.
But at the same time, people over the last few decades have become more health conscious. Demand for healthier foods is growing while at the same time people are learning to avoid harmful foods. In 2012, water passed soda as America’s most consumed beverage (unfortunately, way too much of that water was sold in bottles). Health researchers say the result of people making healthier lifestyle choices has had a measurable effect on public health: People are living longer, healthier lives.
Yes, you can take control of your health. Call us today at 877-959-7977 for information on healthy alkaline diets, and the health benefits of alkaline water.
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