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The Dementia Puzzle: 3 Keys to Improving Brain Function

We have seen significant cognitive improvement in patients who struggle with memory, focus and attention, and thinking clearly.

Dementia is not a disease itself, but occurs when the parts of the brain used for memory, learning, and decision making are damaged or diseased. The good news is, stimulating the brain can improve function, slow the progression of mental decline, and improve quality of life.

Dementia results from the buildup of abnormal proteins within brain cells or from decreased blood flow to certain areas of the brain.  There are 3 real keys to improving brain function in dementia patients and, of course, the earlier you catch it and start to implement changes the better.

  1. Nutrition – High sugar, high calorie diets that are high in free radicals (such as processed food) increase the production of abnormal proteins in the brain. Dietary change should include a low-carb, paleo diet, preferably AIP (Autoimmune Paleo for its low inflammatory qualities) and supplementation with neuroprotective bioflavonoids such ginkgo and vinpocetine (available as Cognitive Factors – our feature product this month).
  2. Blood flow – One of the most important things any dementia patient can do is exercise, a lot.  Vigorous exercise improves blood flow to the brain and helps to remove abnormal proteins that have built up there. 2 studies have shown that 150 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise per week increased brain volume and improved memory scores.  That’s only 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week. Well worth the effort.
  3. Neuroconnectivity – activating the connection between cells is the key to keeping them alive and maintaining functions necessary for daily living.  We prescribe neural exercises that reinforce healthy pathways and support weak ones to help individuals improve where they need it the most.

Risk factors for dementia include:

  •  Traumatic brain injuries caused by car accidents, falls, concussions, etc.
  •  Anything that promotes insulin resistance, like a processed food diet.
  •  There is a very clear link between vitamin D deficiency and dementia
  •  Lack of social engagement in old age.
  •  Lack of physical activity, obesity, and smoking.

At our office, we combine brain-based neurologic strategies, laboratory tests, chiropractic, and nutritional recommendations to give patients a comprehensive approach to a better quality of life. Call 1.403.346.2297 to schedule your appointment!

 

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