Everything you have every experienced, felt, or conducted in life is due to brain function. The ability to enjoy, perceive, sense and experience live is dictated by the firing rate and health of your brain. It is impossible for a person to become healthy mentally or physiologically without a healthy brain.??? - Datis Kharrazian, DC, M.S
Chris Kresser, author of The Healthy Skeptic presents some interesting ideas regarding what young people can do to protect the brain from aging and what seniors can do to stop the aging process.
http://bit.ly/lwOIB6 See his posting for the full context.
Anti-aging = fix your brain
The current anti-aging movement is about botox and plastic surgery and tanning machines and hormone creams. That???s a complete joke. There???s nothing about these activities that does anything at all to slow down neurodegeneration and improve plasticity, which is the ultimate goal of any true ???anti-aging??? program.
You do this by following these guidelines:
Avoid food toxins. These include industrial seed oils, excess sugar (especially fructose), cereal grains and processed soy
Ensure adequate micronutrient status. Especially those nutrients involved in oxygen deliverability (B12, iron & folate)
Improve fatty acid balance (n-6:n-3 ratio). 60% of the brain is phospholipid, and DHA has been shown to enhance plasticity and brain function while reducing inflammation and neurodegenerative conditions.
Fix the gut. There???s a saying in functional medicine, ???Fire in the gut = fire in the brain???. Inflammation in the gut will cause activation of the microglial cells (immune cells) of the brain.
Stay mentally active. Neurons need constant stimulation or they will atrophy and die. This is why elderly people that stay active and mentally engaged in something age better than those that view retirement as an opportunity to watch golf on TV for 6 hours a day. Increase blood flow to the brain. Exercise is one of the best ways to do this. Acupuncture and stress management are also important.
Get enough sleep. Not getting enough sleep can sabotage brain health in just about every conceivable way.
Finally, there are certain nutrients and botanicals that have been shown to protect against neurodeneration, prevent and even reverse neuroinflammation and preserve brain function. In fact, nutritional medicine really shines in this area. If you look in the scientific literature, you???ll see that almost all of the treatments being studied are either micronutrients or botanicals. That???s because there are no drugs that actually improve the health of the brain environment like natural therapies can.
If you are a young person, have you ever considered that you have to take care of your brain so it will be functional when you are an old fart? Have you ever considered how to best care for your brain?
If you are an old fart, have you considered how you can best take care of the remaining neurons you have so you will not end up in DEPENDS and in a WHEELCHAIR in a nursing home?
Is paleo your lifeline to a long, healthy, disease free lifespan?
asked byDexter (9948)
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on May 20, 2011
at 07:44 PM
I came into Paleo with no real health issues. My goal was to lose weight, but I could've done that by restricting calories or following just about any "quick fix" diet.
I have an intense fear of becoming old and decrepit and not being able to take care of myself. In my opinion, the worst thing that could happen would be to continue living but decline physically and mentally where I am just a burden on someone else. I also don't plan on having children, so you can add in the fear of having to live in a nursing home--and we all know those aren't really held in high esteem. I know for a fact I would rather die than be useless and bothersome, or possibly be mistreated and not be able to do anything about it.
What I wanted was a healthy, sustainable, lifelong solution. My first (and continuing) impression is that a Paleo lifestyle offers me the best chance of living a healthy and full life where I can stay in control and where I don't have to depend on others to do everyday tasks, such as use the toilet, when I'm an old fart.
on May 20, 2011
at 07:01 PM
There is evidence that fasting is neuroprotective. It certainly ties in with the idea of ketosis being protective, along with regulating blood sugars.
Similarly, weightlifting increases BNDF 1 (?) which neuroprotective. Something like that.
One can certainly hope that these things would help minimize risk of dementia.
on May 20, 2011
at 06:27 PM
A ketogenic diet, of course. Neuroprotection is its forte.
[T]here is evidence from uncontrolled clinical trials and studies in animal models that the ketogenic diet can provide symptomatic and disease-modifying activity in a broad range of neurodegenerative disorders including Alzheimer???s disease and Parkinson???s disease, and may also be protective in traumatic brain injury and stroke. These observations are supported by studies in animal models and isolated cells that show that ketone bodies, especially ??-hydroxybutyrate, confer neuroprotection against diverse types of cellular injury.
on May 20, 2011
at 06:39 PM
I work at a SNF and its apparrent that abuses such as alcohol, drugs, bad food choices and inactive lifestyle are what utlimately cause you to end up here. . I have dementia patients in thier 90's that can still walk unassisted and rather quickly and with the exception of dementia they are healthy. If you look at thier history and discover that they were either athletes or career military. We have a unit for just Alhzeimers care. Its amazing that they (the medical staff) feed these patients so much sugar in the form of candy and cookies for activities and then sit there wondering why they all have sundowners behaviors. Im almost convinced that behaviors in dementia patients is completely tied to blood sugar and or elevated insulin.