7 Tips to Prevent Neurodegenerative Illnesses
Following a healthy diet doesn't just help us get necessary nutrients, fight things that can be harmful to our bodies, and exercise the brain. It also helps prevent degenerative illnesses.
The most well known neurodegenerative illnesses are Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, as well as Huntington’s disease and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).
Although they are incurable diseases that progressively get worse, there are some things that we can do to prevent them if we have a genetic predisposition to suffer from them.
In this article, you will discover 7 natural tips to prevent or lessen the symptoms of neurodegenerative illnesses through proper diet, medicinal plants, and some effective pieces of advice.
What are neurodegenerative diseases?
Neurodegenerative diseases are serious health disorders that affect some of the functions of the body, such as its mobility, balance, speech, breathing, and heart rate.
They have a strong genetic component, but some other factors could contribute to it, like:
- Accumulation of toxins in the body
- Reaction to some chemicals
In some cases, it can also be caused by a psychological condition, such as emotional shock that could have taken place a while before the illness shows up.
The progressive deterioration that the neurodegenerative illness causes are very difficult for those who are suffering from it, as well as their friends and family.
Tips to prevent these illnesses
To continue, we will give you 7 tips to prevent neurodegenerative illnesses or to alleviate their symptoms and improve mobility in those who suffer from them.
1. Eliminate heavy metals
Neurodegenerative illnesses are related with, among other things, the presences of heavy metals in the body, especially in the brain.
These metals enter our bodies in different ways:
- Eating large cold-water fish, like salmon, tuna or swordfish. It’s better to eat smaller cold-water fish (mackerel, sardines, anchovies) or better, white fish.
- Contaminated air
- Pesticides in our foods and environment
- Broken items such as mercury thermometers or light bulbs
- Tap water from some places
- Some medicines
- Pots and pans that are made of heavy metals, such as those made with aluminum
2. Purify with chlorella
Chlorella algae helps to eliminate heavy metals and other toxins that can accumulate in the body. However, it only works if you are consistent with your treatments for at least 3 months.
There are some specific supplements that also include other effective ingredients like garlic, cilantro, and magnesium.
3. Use your brain
The best way to prevent the deterioration of your brain is to activate it and to not let it get sluggish.
When we start to notice some symptoms such as memory problems or lack of concentration, we have to, more than ever, do exercises to work the brain.
4. Eat Walnuts
The shape of the walnut shows us which organ it stimulates the most: the brain.
They have excellent nutritional value since they are rich in vitamins and minerals, essential fatty acids, and fiber.
Also, they boast a high level of antioxidants which prevent the oxidative deterioration of the brain.
5. Medicinal Teas
There are tow medicinal plants that increase circulation and the oxygenation of the brain:
- Ginkgo biloba: Very effective, but should not be taken for more than two consecutive months.
- Centella: Also known at gotu kola, you can take it continuously.
You can take these in tea as well as in capsules or tablets.
6. Essential Oils
Aromatherapy is a curative method that is based on the use of quality essential oils to treat your physical, mental and emotional health issues.
We can use the oils in aromatic diffusers, in house cleaning products, or in our body lotions.
Likewise, we can soak a cloth in them and put it next to our pillow to relax us while we sleep.
We can choose between the following oils:
7. Balance the intestine
The intestine has a close relationship with the functions of the brain through the intestinal flora. As some studies have shown, those who suffer from some illnesses, such as degenerative ones, would have an altered flora.
In addition to having a balanced diet that includes foods such as yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut and raw vinegar, we can also add supplements with a probiotic base.
There are many types of probiotics, but you should choose products that offer the highest amount of them in a variety of strains.
This simple remedy will improve our quality of life.