What causes Alzheimer’s, dementia, brain and cognitive decline?
First of all, if you know that you’re suffering from long-haul viral memory loss or brain decline, I made a masterclass that features a guide on viruses.
It breaks down how you can bolster the immune system and start to undo any damage that you’re dealing with. You can find it here.
Beyond that, there are 7 different ways that your brain can decline, and I’m going to go over how you can counteract each of them.
1. Decreased Brain Development
This is when your brain stops producing new cells. Your brain is constantly firing and creating new neurons, memories, connections, and emotions.
If your brain stops doing that, you’re in trouble!
One way we can start to combat this decrease is through brain food.
Eggs can do wonders for our brain health, specifically because of two nutrients: choline and lutein. According to recent research, choline is an essential nutrient that’s critical for fetal brain health.
Babies need this to develop their brains, and so do we throughout our lifetime.
Lutein is important for the development of the eyes, and also plays a role in cognitive function.
When you’re buying eggs, make sure you get them organic and free-range so you don’t get any added toxins when you eat them.
2. Cognitive Decline
This makes it feel like your brain doesn’t have quite the same sharpness as it once had. You can start to remedy this by eating fish!.
Fish is an incredible source of two omega-3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA, which are the building blocks of the brain. Your brain is made up of 60% fat, so you want good fats to help it function.
Long-term consumption of adequate amounts of DHA is linked to improved memory, improved learning ability, and decreased rates of cognitive decline.
When looking for the best fish for your brain, fatty fish is a great option. The highest concentration of omega-3 fatty acids are found in coldwater fish such as:
Make sure that the fish you eat is wild-caught in order to eliminate as many chemicals as you can.
Studies show that not consuming enough omega-3 fatty acids is linked not only to cognitive decline, but also to depression, so getting enough of them can be a mood-booster, too!
If you’re not a fan of fish, I recommend taking omega-3 fish oil supplements that are high in EPA and DHA. The fish oil I created has 750 milligrams of those two.
3. Brain Plaquing
Plaque can build up in the arteries and vessels of the brain, which can lead to serious conditions if left untreated.
A buildup of plaque in the brain is not only a stroke risk, but it also decreases memory and increases the risk of Alzheimer’s.
Studies have shown that fully absorbing enough turmeric can clear the plaque buildup that causes memory decline.
If you want to get turmeric in, just make sure it’s emulsified, so that it gets properly delivered to your brain through a fat-delivery mechanism.
Some people also take turmeric with black pepper for better absorption, but that irritates your gut, so it’s best to just take turmeric with fats.
I also like to combine omegas and turmeric to get extra emulsification, which supports brain health. If you want to get both emulsified turmeric and omegas, you can find them both in my supplement here.
4. Loss Of Neurotransmitters
A decline in brain health occurs when you start losing neurotransmitters.
Neurotransmitters are the chemicals that make everything happen in the synapses of your brain.
You can take vitamin B12 in order to enhance your body’s ability to keep neurotransmitters coming.
B12 is especially important for improving mental health, because it plays a vital role in producing the neurotransmitter serotonin, which is responsible for stabilizing your mood and making you happy.
5. Free Radicals
Free radicals are particles that float around in our system and can cause all kinds of damage.
The best way to fight free radicals is with antioxidants, and the main source of antioxidants for Americans is actually coffee!
If you’re drinking coffee as a source of antioxidants, make sure it’s organic to reduce how much it is processed.
Another great source of antioxidants is through green leafy vegetables and fruits.
Vitamin E is the ultimate antioxidant powerhouse. It helps protect other antioxidants and supports overall brain health by protecting the brain from oxidative stress.
The biggest warning signs that you have oxidative stress in your brain are fatigue, memory loss, and recurring headaches.
Constant yawning can also be a sign that your body is trying to get more oxygen into your brain.
Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin, which means it has to be consumed with fat to get fully absorbed.
Taking an omega supplement that has vitamin E in it is one way to get it. You can also take fat-soluble vitamins like vitamin A, D, E, and K together, which will help them all get absorbed better.
My vitamin D complex comes with fat in it, as well as all of these fat-soluble vitamins together, so you can fight off fatigue, memory loss, fogginess, and headaches.
6. Lack Of Amino Acids
Amino acids are the material that the brain needs to build itself. They’re the building blocks of your neurotransmitters.
Without amino acids, your brain can’t produce serotonin, which again, helps you create feelings of wellbeing and happiness.
A common amino acid, L-tyrosine, is the precursor to dopamine. This influences our mood, feelings of reward, motivation, and overall satisfaction with life.
You can get these amino acids easily from food. Some of the best sources include:
- Collagen Protein Powder
Inflammation in the brain is a huge problem. 98% of all diseases are linked to inflammation, and that includes diseases affecting the brain.
Brain inflammation is tied to brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s, dementia, and even Parkinson’s.
Your brain consumes 60-70% of sugar in your body, which is the glucose that is needed to produce energy. That’s why you can become exhausted from sitting at your desk and not moving all day.
When we lack clean forms of fuel for our brain, our brain has to burn unclean food and processed sugar-heavy foods for fuel, which is hard on your brain over time.
Stress can also add a lot of inflammation to the brain.
There’s no one food that can help you get rid of brain inflammation, but that doesn’t mean there are no solutions.
I made a complete training you can check out that will help you start to undo the inflammation in your brain.Using that training and the other solutions listed here can help you get your brain health on the right track so you that can live good.