Famed television host, Dr. Oz, recently presented an Alzheimer's prevention plan, and reprinted it on his website, doctoroz.com. Below is a summary of the suggestions he has for reducing our Alzheimer's risk.
The Dr. Oz Recommendations to Reduce Alzheimer's Risk
1. Take 600 mg. of DHA a day. This omega-3 fatty acid will reduce your brain inflammation, combat plaque, and increase the blood flow to your brain.
2. Use the opposite hand to cross-train your brain. If you are normally right handed, try using your left hand to eat, brush your teeth, comb your hair, etc. If you are left-handed, do the opposite. This will stimulate new parts of the brain.
3. Practice deep breathing three times a day to lower your stress, which is very damaging to the brain. Dr. Oz calls this system 7-7-7. Inhale for 7 seconds; hold it for 7 seconds; exhale for 7 seconds; repeat 7 times.
4. Practice remembering lists of items by using silly word associations. Try to work up to 20 or even 30 items.
5. Do push ups. That's right, this floor exercise, which builds your core body muscles, is apparently also good for your brain. Doing seven push-ups a day will stimulate blood flow to the brain and generate new brain cells!
6. Follow a brain building diet which includes elderberries, pecans, chicken giblets, clams, vegetable juice (up to 8 oz. a day), and beets. All of these foods contain nutrients that are helpful to the brain.
These actions are all generally good for our overall health, and they are easy to do at home, without a doctor's prescription. If we can radically reduce the number of Baby Boomers who will develop Alzheimers in the future, these easy steps will be well worth it.
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