Four Pillars for Preventing and Reversing Alzheimer's
Research is now confirming what we in the Genomic Medicine field have known is true for so many of the chronic health conditions associated with aging – and Alzheimer’s is no exception: magic bullet drugs are not the answer.
The theory that accumulation of amyloid beta plaques in the brain is the sole culprit is now being questioned by many researchers. Numerous clinical trials for medications that remove the amyloid beta plaques have failed to show that any medications effectively slow the progression of the disease. And no medications have been shown to reverse or prevent it.
Instead, research is pointing to the accumulation of amyloid beta as a normal process gone awry. We now know that multiple factors can play a role, and it is often the interaction of many of these that result in Alzheimer’s disease. The answer to this complex disease is not a single pill. It requires a comprehensive, personalized approach that addresses the root causes – including a person’s DNA.
Alzheimer’s disease, like so many other chronic diseases associated with aging, does not appear overnight. It is the result of the accumulation of multiple imbalances in a person’s biochemistry and health that are allowed to persist over many years. Eventually, they result in the symptoms that we associate with Alzheimer’s disease: memory loss, cognitive impairment, loss of lifelong skills, and often emotional manifestations as well.
The only effective way to prevent Alzheimer’s, or even slow its progression, is by harnessing the power of science within a holistic and integrative approach. With Genomic Medicine, we are able to identify potential imbalances and address them long before symptoms ever develop. Even if a person has reached the point of showing symptoms, often these can be improved or reversed by addressing the root causes.
You can use four of the seven key elements of our GENESIS Matrix® to start making changes today. They may seem simple, but they are effective tools you can use to protect and care for yourself and your loved ones who are struggling with this disease.
- Nutrition — Just like the rest of your body, your brain needs proper nutrition to provide your brain cells with the energy and nutrients needed to run smoothly. The right diet, along with carefully selected supplements, can help prevent and treat memory loss. While each person’s needs are unique, there are some general principles everyone can benefit from: clean fresh food, lots of colorful vegetables, minimizing alcohol, and ensuring adequate intake of cold water fish.
- Exercise — It’s simple: if you want to maintain a healthy body and mind, you must exercise regularly. With so many of us sitting all day long, it’s not enough to just work out at the gym a few times a week. Moving frequently throughout the day is key. Gardening, yoga, dancing, hiking, and housecleaning are all good ways to keep your body moving – and your brain active.
- Stress —The effects of the daily grind on your body are well known, but did you know your brain also suffers when you’re stressed out? Stress can undo all the other things you are doing right. Finding joy in the little things, creating a practice of gratitude, and meditation are all powerful ways to reduce stress.
- Spirituality— Increased consciousness and cognition is the final frontier of Alzheimer’s prevention. Having a sense of purpose, feeling part of a community, living in the moment, and being of service to yourself and others are all ways to strengthen your well-being and potentially reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s disease.