Why is it that some strive for wellness; focusing on prevention, while others choose to play Russian roulette with their health?
Who knows? I can’t tell you why I am so passionate about achieving optimal health, why I choose to make choices that hopefully will prevent many of the lifestyle diseases plaguing today’s society.
In my younger years it was more about aesthetics, however over time the focus has shifted towards achieving hormonal balance, following longevity protocols and cancer prevention. More recently – since I occasionally experience that dreaded brain fog – I’m concerned about Alzheimer’s; nowadays also termed as Diabetes Type 3, which stems from insulin resistance in the brain.
DID YOU KNOW?
Most Alzheimer’s sufferers aren’t diagnosed until their 70s. However, we now know that their brains began deteriorating long before that.
Latest estimates indicate that Alzheimer’s disease will likely affect 100 million people by 2050, a crippling number for the world’s public health system and one that will dwarf the global obesity epidemic. The prognosis is that in the next forty years, more than 115 million new cases of Alzheimer’s are expected globally.
Alzheimer’s disease accounts for 60 to 80 percent of all dementias. It is characterized by a loss of memory that interferes with normal daily tasks. In the early stages of the disease, patients have difficulty remembering newly acquired information. Later they become disorientated, show changes in mood and behaviour, and often grow suspicious of family members or caregivers, whom they fail to recognize and remember. As the memory loss becomes severe, patients may have difficulty speaking, walking, and even swallowing.
According to doctors such as Dr. David Perlmutter, Dr. Valter Longo and Dr. Mark Hyman this awful disease CAN be prevented. By changing what you eat, you can change your genetic destiny and live a longer, healthier life.
“Even slight elevations in blood sugar have been shown to increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.” Dr. David Perlmutter
- Maintain a healthy weight – obese people are at a higher risk.
- Eat a diet low in animal-based products, with the exception of low-mercury fish and cheese or other dairy products from goat’s milk.
- Incorporate plenty of olive oil (50ml per day) and 30 gms of nuts per day.
- Drink one or two cups of coffee a day – without sugar.
- Consume 40ml of extra virgin coconut oil per day.
- Follow a high-nourishment diet containing omega-3, B vitamins, & vitamins C, D & E.
- Take a high quality multivitamin & mineral every day.
- Exercise both body & mind and remain both physically and mentally active.
- Avoid consumption of saturated and trans fats.
- Avoid/reduce sugar and gluten.
“Chronic disease is a food borne illness. We ate our way into this mess, and we must eat our way out.” Dr. Mark Hyman