Growing old is a natural process that you cannot clearly stop, but you definitely can modify the way you age. Whether you want to grow old crippled with disease or you want to live the older stages of your life being a super cool healthy grandparent, most of it is in your hand and it’s you who is in charge of the remote control. Because with age, your brain degenerates, it won’t be actively running to make new cells and replace old ones at a pace that it used to when you were young, hence your mental health is as much of a concern as your physical health.
Memory loss is a very common aspect of old age, which leads to a full form Alzheimer’s in many cases. We at Team Nutright did our part of the research and here are five factors that you might need to change in your lifestyle if memory loss isn’t something you are really looking forward to dealing with when you turn 60.
Physically inactive routine
Over time, the focus has been given to how having a sedentary lifestyle may be affecting your mental health and not just your physical health. A lifestyle which is physically inactive and consists of you being a couch potato all the time, or maybe a workaholic spending 8 hours a day just indulged in the desk work, things might get tricky for your brain as you get older. Your brain needs physical action and exercise to keep producing more brain cells and facilitate neurogenesis.
We aren’t just babbling about this one without any concrete evidence, yes, it’s true. If you have been a heavy smoker especially in your early and middle adulthood, you have certainly been putting yourself more and more at risk for dementia (another condition regarding memory loss, which usually turns into Alzheimer’s). The reason is smoking giving a rise to oxidative stress whereby there’s an imbalance in the body’s ability to detoxify the harmful effects of reactive impurities and the production of these in the first place.
If you are suffering from clinical depression and you still haven’t spoken to anyone about it or haven’t considered medication or therapy, this might lead to the problem getting worse and eventually leading to other mental illnesses including Alzheimer’s. Know that the major symptoms of depression include fatigue, lack of interest in activities that usually interested you and constant feelings of worthlessness along with sadness. If these symptoms persist for over two weeks you need to speak to a therapist, and know that it’s okay to do so.
Ignored blood pressure
Whether it goes low or really high, in either way blood pressure is a silent killer. It highly effects not only your bodily performance but also hampers the flow of blood to the brain causing dementia. Sometimes, the medication that you are taking to control your blood pressure may also affect the brain negatively.
Vitamin deficient diet
A diet which lacks vegetables and fruits is a diet through which your body is missing out on essential components that it really needs in order to fully function. Especially if you aren’t taking any vitamin supplements either. When your body runs out of Vitamin B, a product known as homocysteine starts building up as an alternative and high amounts of that compound is a great contributor to the development of Alzheimer’s.