There are various lifestyle changes and decisions we can make to help reduce the risks of developing dementia and related diseases later in life. Alzheimer’s can ruin lives; not just those of the sufferers but of family and friends too. Making some minor changes to the way that you live your life can help to reduce the likelihood of developing this and other related diseases. If mental health issues run in your family then you should consider this an especially important factor.
1 – Join A Gym Or Play Team Sports
Joining a gym or playing a team sport can actually help in a number of ways. Regular exercise and a healthy social life are considered two of the pillars of a healthy mind especially in later life. Joining a gym or a sports team offers the social element where you meet and converse with others on a regular basis. Through weekly competition, practice, and any additional training, you can also enjoy regular and healthy exercise.
2 – East Small, Healthy Meals And Drink Tea
It has been shown that a diet which is healthy for the heart is also healthy for the brain. Rather than three large meals, you should attempt to eat four or five smaller meals every day. Avoid full fat dairy products and saturated facts and increase your omega 3 intake. Also, various types of tea have proven to be beneficial for the brain. Green tea is the healthiest and while not as beneficial as tea, coffee has also proven to be good for the brain when consumed in moderation over time.
3 – Quit Smoking And Limit Alcohol Intake
There are, of course, many well publicised reasons to quit smoking and, if you are a smoker, this represents the single biggest improvement you can make upon your overall health. Cutting down on drinking may also prove extremely beneficial in a number of ways; one of which is the reduction in likelihood that you develop Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia later in life. Quitting smoking and reducing the alcohol you drink can also help improve your heart health and overall health.
There are, in fact, many steps that we can take to improve the likelihood of living a dementia free life, although some people will still develop diseases like Alzheimer’s regardless of the lifestyle changes and other changes that they make in life.
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