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07/05/2010

Prevent Alzheimer

To prevent Alzheimer's disease, it's important to first identify the things that cause it. Toxins found in consumer goods, processed foods, pesticides, fertilizers, tap water and even the air itself all contribute to cognitive decline that can eventually lead to Alzheimer's. (Mainstream medicine admits to none of this, by the way. All chemicals are good for you, they somehow believe.)

According to a 2009 study published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, widespread exposure to nitrosamines, nitrates and nitrites in processed food and the environment are all linked to degenerative diseases like Alzheimer's. These chemicals are commonly used in food factories and large-scale farming operations.

The aluminum added to most conventional antiperspirant deodorants, baking sodas, toothpastes and other personal care products crosses the blood-brain barrier and lodges itself in the brain where it can lead to dementia. Many Alzheimer's patients have a measurable buildup of aluminum in their brain tissue.

(Oh, but does aluminum buildup in the brain actually cause Alzheimer's, or does already having Alzheimer's cause aluminum buildup? That's the question you might be asking if you rely on the backwards logic of mainstream scientists...)

A 1998 study found that sodium fluoride, a toxic byproduct of the aluminum manufacturing and fertilizer industries that's commonly added to drinking water, also has a synergistic effect with aluminum that makes it even more dangerous. Drink out of aluminum cans and swallow some tap water, and you've got a recipe for accelerated Alzheimer's.

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences actually commissioned a review on aluminum back in December of 2000 in response to the issue. The review was published in the Federal Register that year.

Nitrates, aluminum and fluoride are just a few of the many chemical contaminants that contribute to Alzheimer's, and most American consumers are exposed to them all on a daily basis.

#1) Avoid processed foods
This may seem obvious, but besides nitrates, many processed foods are loaded with neurotoxins like MSG and aspartame that may be linked to Alzheimer's. Processed foods also contain toxins like trans-fats and refined sugar that compromise your health. Stick with whole, organic foods and your Alzheimer's risk will be significantly reduced.

#2) Install a home water filter
Most municipal tap water systems are treated with chlorine, fluoride and other chemicals that harm your health. These chemicals are easily absorbed by your skin when you take a shower or drink unfiltered tap water. (Does anybody really do that anymore?) A whole-house activated carbon filtration system will remove most or all of these toxins from tap water.

#3) Detoxify on a regular basis
I can't stress enough how important it is to eat foods and supplements that help your body remove chemicals and heavy metals. Cilantro, chlorella and spirulina are a few top choices that can help your body eliminate heavy metals like aluminum and mercury -- both of which are strongly associated with Alzheimer's.

#4) Exercise regularly
By exercise, I'm talking about both physical and mental exercise. Physical exercise directly contributes to increased brain function because it reinforces neural connections in your brain, which in turn improves memory and learning capability. Mental exercises such as working on crossword puzzles will also help to keep your cognitive function in top shape. (Use it or lose it, folks!)

#5) Eat plenty of superfoods and nutritional supplements
There's a lot that belongs in this category, so I'll highlight some of the primary superfoods that recent studies have found play a role in preventing Alzheimer's.

Researchers last year found that the amino acid Acetyl-L-Carnitineprevents brain tau protein strands from tangling. Stress and excitotoxins like MSG can cause brain tangles that are believed to cause cognitive decline, but Acetyl-L-Carnitine effectively stops the process. Acetyl-L-Carnitine is found naturally in grass-fed meats, nuts, beans, legumes, vegetables and fruits. It can also be purchased as a nutritional supplement.

Curcumin, a natural phytochemical found in the turmeric spice, has also been shown to prevent and even treat Alzheimer's disease.

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