Can We Fight Cognitive Decline?



We all know someone that shows signs of brain deterioration. They may not recognize you or know where they are. Why does this happen? The healthy human brain contains tens of billions of neurons that transmit information via electrical and chemical signals. They send messages between different parts of the brain, and from the brain to the muscles and organs of the body. Dementia disrupts this communication among neurons, resulting in loss of function and cell death. It's natural to ask yourself, what can I do to prevent cognitive decline? Healthy food and body. Obesity has been consistently associated with dementia. The role of certain risk factors of dementia may change during life, and the importance of having a life-course perspective has been acknowledged. Adequate protein. Protein is high in B vitamins which are crucial for brain function. Grass-fed meat and wild-caught fish are nutrient-dense necessities for proper brain function! Omegas. We have to eat food that has the right balance of omega 3 and omega 6. Foods that are high in omega 6 do not have the correct balance of omegas and can cause oxidative stress. Remove industrial vegetable oils like canola oil and replace them with olive oil, coconut oil, and grass-fed tallow. Avoid prescription medications. Certain prescription medications have been shown to cause memory loss. One thing I always do with my patients is transition them off prescription medications and onto natural alternatives. Nature. Go outside, walk barefoot, and touch trees. We are not meant to be inside all day! The healing effects of grounding are well documented. Researchers from the University of Exeter Medical School in En­gland analyzed data from 10,000 city dwellers and found that those living near more green space reported less mental distress, even after adjusting for income, marital status, and employmentWalking outside is the best natural nootropic we have! Certain supplements. I take IQ Max for my own focus and memory. It’s excellent for general well-being and neurological well. I notice a huge difference in my memory when I’m seeing patients or finishing charts. And it’s formulated with 10 Chinese and Ayurvedic plants!

Your Partner in Health, Dr. Leigh Erin Connealy