Alzheimer’s is a terrible disease that affects the way the brain functions. It is a type of dementia and is the most common form. The only known causes are time and family history. There aren’t any known cures as of yet, so our best weapon is to prevent or delay the onset as long as possible. A lot of it comes from eliminating major risk factors. Picking up these 20 habits could help reduce your chances of getting Alzheimer’s disease.
1. Add a little spice to your life
Did you know that cinnamon is incredibly good at reducing fasting blood sugar? In one study, eating about one to six grams of cinnamon a day was able to reduce cholesterol by 18% and blood sugar by 24%. If you’re wondering why this is important, Type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol are risk factors for developing Alzheimer’s disease.
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2. Keep playing your video games
It turns out that playing video games is great for sharpening your brain. Keeping your brain sharp is a great way to prevent the brain from losing its connectivity between the neurons. The neurons are the hardest hit by Alzheimer’s disease and video games are a great way to keep them firing.
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3. Get a little uncomfortable
Engagement with other people is really important. More and more, people are afraid to engage with strangers in public. It can be a little uncomfortable, but it can be fun too. Enjoy some brief conversations with your cashier, people on an elevator. Just don’t be creepy.
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4. Get a nice rub-down every once in a while
Massages are always the right thing to do in our book. Not only do they provide you with some immediate relief of tension or pain, but they also have long-lasting effects. Plus, you’re just in a better mood afterward and a little more of that in the world would do us all some good.
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5. Nap time is the best time
FINALLY! We have an excuse to nap. The next time your boss tries to write you up or yell at you for sleeping on the job, you have a legit medical excuse to be doing it. Getting plenty of rest has been proven to be an excellent tool in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease.
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6. Get a quick work out when you can
Ruth Bader Ginsburg is in her 80’s, she’s fighting for social equality, and she’s taking time out of her day to do push-ups. This woman will literally drop to the floor and give you 20 if you ask politely. Think about that the next time you say you don’t have time for a five-minute workout.
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7. Take an arts and crafts class
This kind of habit actually helps prevent Alzheimer’s in two ways. For one it keeps your brain active while you’re crafting things. The other way is that it forces you to be social. Drawing away or feeling lonely is one of the risk factors associated with Alzheimer’s.
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8. Grow your own food
What’s better than fresh vegetables out of a garden you tilled? I tell you whats better: Not getting Alzheimer’s. Gardening is a great way to exercise, use your brain, and get outside. It’s all that much better if you start a community garden.
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9. Stand up to Alzheimer’s
We literally mean stand up. Corporate life can be very sedentary and that is dementia’s best friend. So while you’re at work, get up from the desk and stand, take a walk around, or do a little calisthenics. Even a little bit of exercise goes a long way.
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10. Get your friends together for a nice feast
A dinner party is a great way to keep things going in the right direction. Dinner parties (so long as they are not with the in-laws) can be extremely enjoyable and they get you engaging with other people. So call your friends a break out the nice dinner wear. Your mind will thank you later.
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11. Read the news, rather than watch it
Cable news has become more like a sports show than a news show. The information is easily absorbed but doesn’t make an effective groove in your brain. Reading is quite the opposite in this regard. Reading helps your brain retain more information and keeps it working at a much higher level.
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12. Enjoy your morning cup of joe
That morning cup of coffee is great for starting your day. Just make sure that it stays in the morning. Having coffee in the evening can affect how well you are sleeping at night. Sleepiness is another big risk factor when it comes to Alzheimer’s disease. So make sure you’re getting your Z’s.
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13. Volunteer in your community
Volunteering is a great thing to do to help the community you live in. It often get’s you exercise, get’s you talking with people, and challenges your mind in ways you never thought possible. These are all great things for combating dementia.
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14. Learn a new instrument
Music will always be a universal enjoyment. Learning to play an instrument will always be a universal struggle. But even if you play the music bad, you are keeping yourself active in the body and the mind. If you end playing well, you could find a new career and help prevent Alzheimer’s in the future.
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15. A long bath in the evening goes a long way
There are so many benefits to baths, although we do recommend you shower before one. When you bathe in the evening, your body heats up a little which encourages relaxation. Then it quickly cools down which encourages grogginess. People who bathe in the evening fall asleep faster and get into a deeper sleep. Better sleep helps the brain repairs itself and makes permanent connections.
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16. Move to some music
Generally, if you have a problem in life, dancing can make it better. Just try it some time. The other thing it does is that it encourages your mind to work hard on where it’s going to put its feet and it gives you a nice workout. Just don’t step on your spouse’s or friend’s toes.
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17. Change how you prepare your potatoes
Oddly enough, the way you prepare your potatoes can help prevent Alzheimer’s disease. After you’ve cut and peeled the potatoes, soak them in some water for about 15-30 minutes before cooking. Potatoes contain asparagine and it will transform into acrylamide when exposed to high heat. Acrylamide interferes with neurons communicating with each other. Soaking the potatoes before cooking them helps protect the asparagine.
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18. Choose the brightest fruits and vegetables at the store
Brighter fruits and vegetables are actually higher in antioxidants. People who eat a higher amount of fruits and vegetables have been seen to have a significantly better retention of cognitive abilities than people who did not. Now you can hear your mother’s voice in the background telling you to eat your vegetable’s, can’t you?
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19. Eat wild caught fish vs farmed
Farmed salmon can be pretty tasteless and they also have a high concentration of PCB’s. Those are a carcinogen and a neurotoxin. In fact, they have as much as eight times as much PCB’s as wild salmon. People who eat salmon at least once a week have a significantly decreased chance of getting Alzheimer’s.
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20. Learn a new language
Since the goal of these habits is to stave off the onset of Alzheimer’s as long as possible, you might as well be prepared to enjoy your retirement. Learning a new language could be an effective way to postpone Alzheimer’s and it gives you the opportunity to explore the planet. So have some fun and Au revoir!
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