ornamentsThe festive season is upon us again, and as you prepare for spending time with your friends and families, sharing holiday meals and exchanging presents, spare a few moments to be thankful for these healthful resources which can reduce your risk of developing Dementia and Alzheimer’s as you age.

Craniosacral Therapy

A welcome solution to reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s is craniosacral therapy (CST). One of the contributory factors to both Alzheimer’s and dementia is inflammation of brain tissues. Lifestyle, stress and diet can increase this inflammation. CST is a non-invasive technique that allows the therapist to use their hands to feel and gentle manipulate the flow of cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) as it circulates within the cranium, along the spinal cord, and down to the sacrum. A health balance and flow of CFS, blood and interstitial fluid is vital for the brain to perform optimally. When these factors are imbalanced the brain gets insufficient oxygen, meaning it will become over-exerted, fatigued and memory functions will begin to deteriorate. The aim of CST is to increase the flow of vital fluids and enhance memory.[1]

Exercise

You may be surprised to known that researchers have found that regular exercise can help reduce your risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s.[2] It does so by building up part of the brain that Alzheimer’s causes to decline and eventually perish. Regular exercise causes the cerebral cortex – the outer layer of the brain – to thicken, increasing protection against dementia. A minimum of 150 minutes of exercise per week can improve your memory function in just three months.

Transcendental Meditation

Mediation is nourishment for the mind and for the body. It re-energizes the mind and body when they are weak and exhausted, it calms the energies of the mind and the bodies when they are anxious and tense, it rebalances the body’s energies when they are out of sync. Meditation can also reduce the risk of dementia by increasing blood flow to the brain, increasing the brain’s protective tissues, reducing stress and boosting mood and general wellbeing.

Healthy Eating

A healthy doesn’t have to be a life sentence, even during the holiday season. There are many useful resources out there to give you ideas for healthy meals that can actually help to reduce the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s. A great example is The Alzheimer’s Prevention Cookbook, which has a hundred recipes to boost brain health. There are many other resources which can help prepare tasty meals, snacks and desserts for the holidays and year-round.

Sleep

During the holiday season, many people are partying and having fun. This often means late nights and lack of sleep. When the holiday time is over you may be feeling the negative effects of sleep deprivation. Getting a good night’s sleep  is another step to combating dementia and Alzheimer’s. Sleep helps to drain toxins from the brain, leaving you feeling refreshed and renewed.

More than 5 million Americans are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease[3]. Though most of them are 65 and over, this disease can be detected at early as age 40 or 50. By following these tips and using the helpful resources, you can help prevent this number from increasing.

 

 

[1] https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/resolution-not-conflict/201606/clearing-the-fog-craniosacral-therapy-aims-ease-dementia

[2] http://www.prevention.com/fitness/how-exercise-can-help-prevent-alzheimers-disease

[3] http://www.alz.org/facts/