After reading the lines below you will realize that even a small amount of movement can help “turn on” your brain.
You can lose weight in many ways (by exercising, weight lifting, going on dietetic.), but our point is that movement isn’t just great for the body. As new research shows, activity ‘goes a long way,’ including prevention of the notorious Alzheimer’s disease as well.
The Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease published a study, revealing that the risk of Alzheimer’s disease can be cut by whole 50% and simultaneously improve brain’s functional capacity thanks to various physical activities, including, gardening and dancing. You may not be aware, but even walking benefits your whole body!
No matter how you fight this disease (if you’re struggling with Alzheimer’s yourself or watching a loved one live with it), there is no doubt that it’s an awful disease. And, as new research is going on, it is ‘connecting the dots’ to make the picture of possible triggers of the disease as whole as possible.
While no study has definitively said, “This is the only cause of Alzheimer’s,” the 5 points on this list below are believed to play a role and should be avoided by all means:
- negative thoughts (positivity is the path to well-being)
- higher-than-average lead levels (lead isn’t just a threat to children!)
- common medications (ranging from antidepressants to over-the-counter antihistamines)
- DDT (higher blood levels of a breakdown product of the nasty insecticide DDT, called DDE, seems to fuel Alzheimer’s disease)
- depression (our minds and bodies are connected, even when it comes to Alzheimer’s disease and dementia)
Instead of taking medications and exposing themselves to the above risk factors, elderly people should focus on activities such as gardening or dancing. Researchers have studied 876 participants over a 30-year time period and completed a longitudinal memory test of the patients, who, on average, were in their seventies, and followed it up with MRI brain scans.
The participants were also tasked with reporting their physical activity, and recorded their caloric output every week. The findings proved that even a small increase in physical activity was directly related to improved brain volume and a considerable lower risk of Alzheimer’s.
Cyrus A. Raji, MD, PhD, the study’s lead author, says that this is the first study in which they have been able to correlate the predictive benefit of different kinds of physical activity with the reduction of Alzheimer’s risk through specific relationships with better brain volume in such a large sample.
As participants reported, even regular gardening has the potential to help decrease the risk of developing a brain disorder. Nancy Ondra, a devoted gardener, similarly sees the value of the hobby that not only has physical benefits, but also ‘energizes’ the mind.
She says: “Partly, I do it because it never gets boring. Even when you grow the same plants and do the same things to them each year, they always perform differently because of weather conditions and other factors. And, there are always new plants to try, new combinations to experiment with, and so on.”
The same goes for dancing. Go by the maxima, “Dance me, till the end of love…” as Leonard Kohen once versed it!
Do you need another good reason to ‘take yourself’ in the garden and invest your spare time in creating your perfect landscape?
Whatever the reason is, your brain will thank you.
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