When is forgetting where you left your keys or when to pick up the laundry more than just plain, old forgetfulness? Today, Dr. Oz along with the help of noted neurologist Dr. Majid Fotuhi, give us the information we need to keep our powers of memory strong enough to fight against Alzheimer’s disease.
Our two esteemed doctors give us six steps to follow to keep our brain’s strong to save our precious memories and to prevent Alzheimers:
1. Supplements. If you’re an avid Dr. Oz follower, then you know how big a fan Dr. Oz of supplement for their effectiveness and ease of use. Today’s topic is no exception as Dr. Oz and Dr. Fotuhi recommend taking DHA. DHA is a supplemental memory booster that works by increasing blood flow to the brain. By allowing more blood to the brain, the brain can have the ample amount of oxygen it needs to function properly. Plus, DHA helps to prevent brain inflammation and the plaque buildup that is the precursor to Alzheimer’s disease. Our doctors today prescribe taking 600mg of DHA daily.
2. Stimulate your brain. Have you ever seen those cartoons or TV episodes where a person’s head is attached to some electrical device and a technician flips a switch sending a jolt of electricity to their brains? This is not the same thing and you don’t have to go to such extreme measures to stimulate your brain. All you really have to do is change up you perform your daily routines. If you’re right handed, try writing with your left hand. If you took up Spanish or French in school, and stopped, take it back up again. Or, you can even try something completely new like taking dance lessons or learning a new sport.
3. Breathe. Besides the obvious of necessity of breathing to live, breathing also helps calm both our bodies and our minds. Cortisol, which our doctors describe as being the brain’s worst enemy, is produced in high levels when we get stressed out. Those suffering with sleep apnea are especially at risk for having high cortisol levels in the brain. The best way to beat this stress cycle is the 7-7-7 Breathing Technique to calm yourself down and reduce stress. I am certainly doing this myself because it’s quite simple as it can be done in three simple steps:
- Breathe in for 7 seconds.
- Hold that breath for 7 seconds.
- Exhale for 7 seconds.
4. Play memory games. Play memory games to tease your memory. Teasing your memory will help to keep you brain on it’s “toes”, keeping it active and flexible. You don’t want your brain to literally grow old and dull so you have to keep it young and active. Dr. Fotuhi suggests memorizing four things on your shopping cart the next time you head down to the supermarket. Let’s say those things are an orange, a cut of meat, a box of cereal, and a carton of eggs. Now let your imagination run wild. Put a story together of those four things (the more crazy the story the better). I’d imagine a t-bone cut of meat being used as a bat in a batting cage where the balls are oranges and egss and a homerun would be to hit those into a huge cereal box.
5. Work out. Dr. Oz says to do “brain pushups” but he really means to be fit and active. Working out works more out more of our bodies than we realize. Besides making our muscles stronger and healthier, working out also increases blood flow all throughout our bodies and even helps to create new brain cells.
6. Eat. But not French fries or pizza. You have to eat the right “brain” foods to help your body keep your memory fresh and Alzheimer’s at bay. The foods Dr. Oz recommends are:
- Elderberry jam
- Chicken giblets (the heart and liver of a chicken)
- Vegetable juice
That’s Dr. Oz game plan for keeping your brain in the game, and Alzheimer’s out. Make sure to remember Nerdles for all of the best Dr. Oz news online without all the fluff.
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