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What is Aromatherapy and How Can it Help Alzheimer’s Disease?

Posted by on Friday, September 29th, 2017

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Aromatherapy has been used for centuries in traditional medicine to help promote health and wellness, and protect from disease. But, what exactly is aromatherapy?  How can this age-old method of treatment help promote brain health and potentially stave off Alzhiemer’s disease?

Aromatherapy is essentially the result of inhaled elixirs from concentrated forms of plants and botanicals.   One of the most common forms of essential oils is Lavender oil, noted for its relaxation promotion properties.  These therapeutic essential oils can be used in a diffuser to send minute particles of the oils into the air for inhalation, others are used directly on the skin, and some can even be ingested.  But, do essential oils really promote health and wellness, or is it all a bunch of new age hype?  Read on to find out what the scientific/medical experts have to say…..

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Getting More Fruit and Vegetables into the Alzheimer’s Diet

Posted by on Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

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Eating a variety of healthy fruits and vegetables every day is one vital part of the Alzheimer’s diet.  Not only do fruits and vegetables provide plenty of antioxidants, thought to aid in staving off symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease (AD), they also provide ample minerals, vitamins and fiber.    But, a recent study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that Americans fall short when it comes to eating enough of these healthy side dishes.

In fact, as many as 76% of adults did not meet the daily recommendations of fruit intake and 87% fell short of the daily vegetable intake recommendations.  Children who were surveyed were not an exception to the bad news when it came to adequate intake of fruit and vegetables.  The numbers came in at 60% who didn’t meet the recommendations for fruits and a whopping 93% of American children didn’t eat enough vegetables.  How many vegetables and fruits should you eat each day; is there a simple way to get more of these healthy foods into the Alzhiemer’s diet?

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To Salt or Not to Salt: Lowering Sodium Intake for Alzheimer’s Prevention (Part II)

Posted by on Tuesday, September 5th, 2017

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A heart healthy diet, such as the Mediterranean Diet is highly recommended for Alzheimer’s prevention.  Maintaining a healthy blood pressure and overall cardiac health are vital aspects of Alzheimer’s prevention; so keeping your sodium intake within recommended levels is important.  

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To Salt or Not to Salt: How Much Salt is Recommended for Alzheimer’s Prevention?

Posted by on Friday, September 1st, 2017

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It’s common scientific knowledge today that what’s good for the heart is good for the brain.  So, it stands to reason that a heart healthy diet is recommended for Alzheimer’s prevention.  But what about added table salt?  Most doctors and dieticians would recommend a low sodium diet for optimal heart health due to salt’s propensity to wreak havoc with the cardiovascular system.  In fact, too much sodium consumption can increase blood pressure and cause the body to hold onto fluid. This extra fluid can cause swelling in the extremities as well as more complicated health problems, such as congestive heart failure.  High blood pressure (hypertension) is a major risk factor for heart attack, stroke and other cardiovascular problems.

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