Know the Risks

May I share with you a site I have been reading?

50 Everyday Habits That Reduce Your Risk of Dementia

Allow me to provide you with enough excerpts that perhaps you will see the good in reading the article.

While you can’t change the genes you inherited, there are many probable risk factors that you do have some say over.

Know your risk factors
Did you know that eating grilled meat could increase your risk of being struck down by dementia? Or that getting on the treadmill can help keep your brain sharp? . . . There are no drugs or procedures that can cure or even effectively treat dementia. But you have the power to combat some of its major risk factors, including diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, stress, social isolation, and sleeplessness. 

‘There’s not anything you can do about your childhood education, but there is something you can do about making sure that you’re staying mentally active, that you challenge your brain, that you find ways to stay socially active.’

If you just don’t get to bed early enough for a full night’s sleep before your early-morning workout, rethink your priorities for the sake of your brain health.

Quit smoking
Obviously, smoking is incredibly unhealthy, but did you know that it also raises your risk of dementia? Several studies over the past three decades have linked cigarette use and mental decline. But there’s good news: When you quit smoking, your risk of dementia from all causes drops to the same level of people who never smoked. ‘The association with cognitive impairment may be due to the link between smoking and cardiovascular pathology,’ the Lancet Commission report states. ‘But cigarette smoke also contains neurotoxins which heighten the risk.’

Eat a Mediterranean-style diet
If the goal is to control your weight, blood pressure, and blood sugar and reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease to protect your mind, then the Mediterranean diet is one of the best eating plans you can follow. It’s shown in studies to be one of the easiest healthy-eating diets for subjects to follow, according to the Mayo Clinic. It includes lots of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, nuts, olive oil, fish, and even wine.

Wear a helmet  . . . repeated mild injuries (such as those experienced by some athletes and soldiers) can lead to chronic traumatic encephalopathy—a degenerative brain disease.  . . . 

No Kidding!

Try new things every day

Talk to Strangers!

And this next one I just could not leave out!

Soak potatoes before cooking
Potatoes contain an amino acid called asparagine, which, when exposed to high heat, changes into acrylamide, a neurotoxin. Acrylamide binds to the ends of our axons, making it tougher for brain cells to communicate with one another. Water protects asparagine, so soaking potatoes for 15 to 30 minutes before cooking them can stop it from transforming into acrylamide. Drain the potatoes and blot them dry before cooking.

Don’t miss the one about waterfalls! 

And oh, oh yes the one about alternate nostril breathing

And the last one: Breathe lavender while you sleep.

I’m keeping the article for referral — to me. 🙂

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