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Get fit for the sake of your memory

If you have ever watched someone deteriorate from Alzheimers, youre probably at least a little bit fearful of the disease. 

The scary truthreported by the Alzheimers Foundation of Americais that more than 5 million Americans suffer from the disease. By the time you hit 65, your risk of developing Alzheimers increases dramatically. In case that isnt terrifying enough, the Foundation estimates that in 30 years from now, close to 20% of the population will have Alzheimers.

While there is no known cure, or true prevention mechanism for that matter, recent research from the University of Maryland School of Public Health (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28304298) discovered a link between exercise and brain health. 

The researchers put a group of seniors suffering from Alzheimers or mild cognitive impairment on fitness programs and ultimately discovered that walking helped their brains function better. In fact, just 30 minutes of walking with a 50 to 60 percent max heart rate four times a week led to significant improvements in their memory.


(They believe this is because it led to improvement in posterior cingulate cortex (PCC/)precuneus connectivity in the brain, which is associated with memory loss).

We found that after 12 weeks of being on a moderate exercise program, study participants improved their neural efficiency basically they were using fewer neural resources to perform the same memory task,explained Dr. J. Carson Smith, the leader of the study in this University of Maryland article (https://www.umdrightnow.umd.edu/news/exercise-may-be-best-medicine-alzheimers) 

He added: No study has shown that a drug can do what we showed is possible with exercise.

5 other possible ways to guard against memory loss and Alzheimers

5. Healthy body composition

Those who are overweight have a greater chance of developing Alzheimers. This is where we come in: We will help you get fit, stay fit, and follow an optimal diet for your body to keep your body composition, and your mind, healthy.

4. Start your morning with a coffee

Coffee is believed to combat against memory loss. In fact, another study also published in the Journal of Alzheimers Disease, suggests drinking coffee each day can reduce your risk of getting the disease, or at least delay its onset or severity.

3. Eliminate sugar

Some people refer to Alzheimers as Type 3 Diabetes. Insulin is directly linked to brain function, and eating too much of it can create insulin resistance. In short, when brain cells become insulin resistant, amyloid plaques form, which create the onset of Alzheimers. To avoid this, eat foods lower on the glycemic index. In other words, reduce your sugar intake.

2. Reduce stress

No surprise here. Chronic stress impacts the brain, which tends to also impact sleep, and can begin to deteriorate your brain. Specifically, cortisol (the stress hormone) can cause lasting changes in brain function. 

You know whats a great stress reliever? Working out, of course!

1. Community, community, community

When people stop doing social activities, their memory starts decreasing. Being part of a social community like ours might be just the thing you need to keep you young.

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