Alzheimer’s disease currently affects over 5 million Americans. It is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S. today. In 2020, Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia will cost the nation an estimated $305 billion. All of these statistics, provided by the Alzheimer’s Association, are staggering. It is no wonder Alzheimer’s was awarded an entire month of national awareness.
With September marking Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, and heightened health concerns haunting us seemingly more today than ever in our lifetime, proactive health measures and disease prevention are vital topics. Let’s look at how we can turn the tide on these grueling statistics by reducing the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. The following five recommendations are scientifically proven to help:
1. Diet: Ketoflex 12/3 – Brain expert Dr. Dale Bredesen details this diet as the optimal diet for brain health in his book titled The End of Alzheimer’s.
The Ketoflex 12/3 diet is one that incorporates ketosis, the process in which your liver produces specific chemicals called ketone bodies (acetoacetate, beta-hydroxybutyrate, and acetone) by breaking down fat. This occurs when you are running low on carbohydrates, your body’s first source of energy.
The Ketoflex 12/3 is flexible enough to be suitable for vegetarians or omnivores. However, it is a largely plant-based diet with an emphasis on vegetables, both cooked and uncooked, especially non-starchy ones. Some fish, poultry, and meat are fine, but should be consumed as a condiment, not a main course. Ideally, you would limit your consumption of meat to just a few ounces per day. Biochemically, there is some conversion to carbohydrates, and this may contribute to the very insulin resistance we are trying to reverse. Furthermore, quantity is not the only important guideline, quality is also a consideration: the type of fish or meat is important, as I’ll detail below.