A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Alzheimer’s
I had a question the other day about Alzheimer’s.
Alzheimer’s disease causes a steady loss of memory and of how well you can speak, think, and carry on daily activities.
It always gets worse over time, but how quickly it happens varies.
Some people lose the ability to do daily activities early on.
Others may still do fairly well until much later in the disease.
The risk of getting Alzheimer’s disease increases as you get older.
But this doesn’t mean everyone will get it.
Having a relative with Alzheimer’s raises your risk of getting it, but most people with Alzheimer’s disease don’t have a family history of it.
For most people, the first symptom of Alzheimer’s disease is memory loss.
Often the person who has a memory problem doesn’t notice it, but family and friends do.
But the person with the disease may also know something is wrong.
As the disease gets worse, the person may:
>Have trouble making decisions.
>Be confused about what time and day it is.
>Get lost in places he or she knows well.
>Have trouble learning and remembering new information.
>Have trouble finding the right words.
>Have more trouble doing daily tasks like cooking a meal or paying bills.
The symptoms of Alzheimer’s get worse slowly over time.
As people with Alzheimer’s get worse, they may get restless and wander, especially in late afternoon and at night.
This is called sundowning.
Over time, they may also start to act very different.
They may withdraw from family and friends.
They may see or hear things that aren’t really there.
They may falsely believe others are lying, cheating, using them, or trying to harm them.
They may strike out at others.
Later, they may not be able to take care of themselves.
They may not know their loved ones when they see them.
They may forget how to eat, dress, bathe, use the toilet, or get up from a bed or a chair and walk.
There’s no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, but medicines may slow symptoms down for a while and make the disease easier to live with.
To deal with Alzheimer’s it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily hydrates body and brain cells and flushes toxins (whether thirsty or not!).
*Butcher’s broom promotes healthy circulation.
*Curry consumption seems to improve cognitive function.
*Ginkgo biloba extract, taken in liquid or capsule form, acts as an antioxidant and increases blood flow to the brain. Take 100-200 mg of ginkgo biloba extract 3 times daily. (Don’t take if you have a bleeding disorder, or are scheduled for surgery or a dental procedure.)
*Valerian root improves sleep patterns when taken at bedtime.
*Keeping your brain busy may help slow down the progression of the disease. This means keeping active and intellectually involved, as well as getting plenty of exercise.
*Eat a well-balanced diet of natural foods.
*Have a hair analysis to rule out the possibility of heavy metal intoxication as the cause of symptoms.
*Include plenty of fiber in your diet. Try oat bran or rice bran.
*Have allergy testing performed to rule out environmental and/or food allergies.
*Avoid alcohol, cigarette smoke, processed foods, and environmental toxins, especially metals like aluminum and mercury. Smoking more than doubles the risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
*Increase life-giving, enzyme and nutrient rich, fresh, RAW fruits and veggies (preferably organic); consider fresh juicing.
*Support digestion, liver and colon; consider liver and/or colon cleanse; ensure daily (2x) bowel movements.
*Increase oxygen; deep breathing exercises, yoga, etc.
*Decrease toxic cleaning, laundry and personal care products.
*Decrease toxins/heavy metals exposure; avoid aluminum-containing items.
*Avoid MSG and all artificial sweeteners as they’re neurotoxins.
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