A while back I read an excellent article that described 4 'brain types' in Alzheimers.
You'll see very clearly in this article that Alzheimers/dementia is mostly driven by diet and lifestyle. If the body isn't healthy, likely the brain won't be either.
One of the biggest and most harmful lies ever pushed on us, probably from Big Sugar, was the lie that fat will make you fat.
See that image of the two brains above? The brain on the right is all dried out. You get that way by avoiding fat. Don't do that to yourself! EAT FAT. The BS we have been told about fat making us fat is simply not true.
Did you know: Eskimos eat 80% OF THEIR CALORIES AS FAT, AS WHALE BLUBBER! And they are healthier than most North Americans! They aren't obese, don't get diabetes, and hardly have any cavities/caries. But when they go onto the standard american diet (low fat, high carb), that all changes.
What IS Alzheimers/Dementia anyway? It is a serious illness. You are still living and breathing, but you can't take care of yourself, and you don't recognize your loved ones....really not fun. Alzheimer's puts us in care home. An expensive and long process and not the way I want to go.
The Four Alzheimers' brain Types
Type 1 Alzheimer’s - the Inflammation type – people typically have inflammatory markers such as high HS-CRP, IL-6, TNF alpha
This is an inflamed brain. Which coincides, I expect, with an inflamed gut. Inflammation can have several causes, but the most common one is a diet high in inflammatory foods, the main ones of which are sugar, dairy, and wheat/gluten. People are often shocked how much sugar they have been eating once they start reading labels. CBD oil and many other things are natural anti-inflammatories. Other causes of inflammation can be a gut infection or heavy metal toxicity, like from mercury in fillings.
Type 2 Alzheimer’s - the atrophic type – there is no increase in inflammation but rather a decrease in many factors like estradiol to testosterone to vitamin D to nerve growth factor to BDNF, all required to support the neuronal network.
"Atrophic" means a brain that is undernourished. Like a plant that has shrivelled due to not enough sunlight or water. To nourish our brains, we simply must eat veggies, healthy fats, and quality protein - plus our gut must be working right, so these nutrients are broken down and get into our blood, and to our brains. Do you avoid fat because you think it will make you fat? Think again. Fats I most recommend are coconut oil, olive oil, avocados, and fish.
Type 1.5 Alzheimer’s - the glycotoxic type – it has some of type 1 and some of type 2, and people have type 2 diabetes or pre-type 2 diabetes. They have inflammation and insulin resistance.
"Glycotoxic" refers to a brain that has too much glucose in it. In other words, having high blood sugar all the time is very hard on your brain. And your other organs. This would be produced by a diet high in sugar, or soft drinks, or flour, and low in protein and healthy fats. Sedentary lifestyles also contribute, since exercise helps lower blood sugar. CBD oil also helps regulate blood sugar as do many herbs like cinnamon.
Type 3 Alzheimer’s disease (the toxic type) – people have a toxic illness caused by something like mycotoxins or high levels of mercury. We make amyloid because it’s anti-microbial and it will destroy biofilms by pulling out the metals and then killing the microbes.
The "Toxic" brain - has become toxic with something like an overgrowth of fungus in the digestive tract, or say mercury from mercury fillings. There are many other toxins, too, since our food and air full of them. Pesticides from conventionally grown foods accumulate in the brain. These toxins don't just magically keep to our digestive system.
As you can see above, Alzheimer's is not a virus. Alzheimer's is life-style driven, and that is mostly poor dietary choices.
Some General Tips For Brain Health
If its good for your body, it's good for your brain. Keep it simple and start by doing what's obvious: do you eat 3 or more servings of colourful veggies a day? Do you move your body enough? Walking is a great start! Do you keep the junk food to under 10% of your diet? Do you read labels and notice how much sugar is in things?
I try to get at least 2-3 servings of veggies into my body every day. Also important is moving our bodies - my Dad likes aqua-fitness, that's in a pool, which is easy on his joints, since he's almost 70. Eat more fish - the oil in fish is like nothing else. And do things that work your brain: like take a course, or even better, learn to play an instrument. You get the idea. These are obvious, common sense things. Have fun. Live a healthy lifestyle.
I know one person who literally eats coconut oil right from the jar. Is that a good idea? Yes it is! The brain is mostly fat. And he's one of the most successful, healthiest people I know.
If it improves your body, it is also improving your brain. If it helps you sleep better, or have more energy, your brain is being improved too. Go for slow, gradual changes instead of big extreme changes. Slow, gradual changes tend to be more sustainable.
Also if it improves your gut function, it will improve your brain function too. You brain runs on the nutrition that your gut provides, so if your gut isn't working right, your brain can't work right. A lot of bloating or gas means your gut isn't working right. Cut back on refined foods, cook more yourself, and see a nutritionally trained health professional if you need to.
ps CBD also has many brain benefits. It was patented 30 years ago by the US Gov as a neuro-protectant, it decreases inflammation, slows aging, and if it's taken consistently, it creates more even moods.
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