Does Having Diabetes Put You at Risk for Cognitive Decline?

A recent study suggests that it is not the presence of diabetes that poses a risk for cognitive decline as much as it is living with uncontrolled or poorly managed diabetes that puts one at risk for a decline in cognition. High blood sugar, obesity, high blood pressure and high cholesterol and insulin resistance are all complications of poorly managed …

Brain Health Nutrition – The Top 5 Tips to Eat for Optimal Brain Health

Alzheimer’s and cognitive decline are multifactorial.  What we do know is that maintaining a healthy immune system, staying active and engaged, and eating a nutrient-dense diet are all protective against developing the devastating symptoms of cognitive decline. We also know that the elderly are at particularly high risk of malnourishment and nutritional deficiencies are linked with the severity of Alzheimer’s. …

Therapeutic Applications of Citicoline in Alzheimer Disease

Citicoline is a nucleotide found naturally in every cell in the body and increases a brain chemical called phosphatidylcholine. Citicoline was originally developed in Japan as a pharmaceutical to treat stroke and is used as a prescription medicine in Europe for circulation problems involving the brain and, in the U.S., it is sold as a dietary supplement. Phospholipids such as …

The Top 6 Immune System Hacks to Prevent Cognitive Decline

The cause of Alzheimer’s has evaded the medical world for decades, but new research suggests we may be on the path to uncovering the source of this devastating disease.  Over the last few years, evidence has been pointing to infections caused by bacteria and virus as the trigger of Alzheimer’s and cognitive decline.  These tiny bugs are linking chronic disease …

Catch the Early Signs of Cognitive Decline and What to Do About it

Mild Cognitive Decline (MCI) is often brushed off as normal signs of aging. MCI is usually not severe enough to trigger a person to look for treatment because it typically doesn’t overtly impact everyday life.  However, MCI should not be overlooked because it can be the beginning of a disease progression that can lead to more severe forms of cognitive …

Cognitive Dysfunction and Copper Balancing Act

Nutrients are your body’s best friends when it comes to keeping all functions and systems balanced– including that of your brain. And when your micronutrient intake is out of whack, your cognitive function may be at risk. It’s a pretty well-known concept that heavy metals such as cadmium, lead, and mercury can travel through the blood-brain barrier and make a …

Three Ways to Prevent Cognitive Decline by Focusing on Your Teeth

Taking a little more time with your toothbrush can pay off when it comes to protecting against cognitive decline. That’s because poor oral hygiene has a strong link to developing Alzheimer’s disease. In an 18-year study of over 5000 people, those who brushed their teeth less than once a day had up to a 65% higher chance of suffering from …

Can Side-Sleeping Reduce Your Risk of Alzheimer’s?

We’ve long known that getting the right amount of good-quality sleep is critical to a sharp and healthy mind. But it turns out that it’s not just 8-hours of solid sleep safeguarding your brain; it’s also the position that you cuddle up into each night. It may sound unbelievable, so let me explain why. Our brains have a unique system …

Grow a Garden to Guard Your Brain Function

It might not be obvious, but growing a home garden has been linked to longevity, boosts in emotional and social health, and healthier diets. So with that in mind, it makes sense how a home garden can also have a positive effect on your brain health. Growing your own food, whether it’s in your backyard or the community garden can …

Are You Active Enough to Protect Your Brain Against Cognitive Decline?

Physical activity has been shown, time and again, to prevent and treat cognitive decline. Exercise of any kind is beneficial for weight management, strength and agility, increased circulation and blood flow to the brain, detoxification, improved mood, reduced inflammation, better blood sugar control, and more. All of these benefits can directly or indirectly influence the health and function of the …