The central nervous system is consist of the brain and the spinal cord that sends out neuron signals throughout the body and have a bidirectional connection to the brain. The neuron signals make sure that the body has the sensation of feeling things and makes sure that the organs are doing their jobs properly while functioning as well. When there are unwanted pathogens that are affecting the brain and disrupting the neuron signals, it can cause neurodegenerative disorders to cause not only the brain to be dysfunctional but also the body to be dysfunctional as well. In this 2 part series, we will be taking a look at what S.H.I.E.L.D. is and how it can help prevent Alzheimer’s disease from progressing further in the brain. Part 1 took a look at what is Alzheimer’s disease and how does it affect the brain. By referring patients to qualified and skilled providers who specialized in neurological services. To that end, and when appropriate, we advise our patients to refer to our associated medical providers based on their examination. We find that education is the key to asking valuable questions to our providers. Dr. Alex Jimenez DC provides this information as an educational service only. Disclaimer
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Alzheimer’s Disease & Infections
In a normal healthy brain, it can naturally shrink due to age while retaining memory and cognitive function still intact, however, when there is an Alzheimer’s brain, the brain is shrunk but everything from the neuron signals to the brain itself is dysfunctional and causing neurodegenerative disorders. Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder that causes the brain to lose neuron functioning in the body. Other unwanted pathogens can also cause Alzheimer’s disease to progress severely more if it is not treated right away. Studies have found that when chronic inflammation starts to seep into an Alzheimer’s brain it can cause viral, bacterial, and fungal infections to be chronic factors to go through the inflammatory pathways to Alzheimer’s diseased brain. This can cause Alzheimer’s disease to progress even further causing it to be untreatable. Other research studies have found that Alzheimer’s patients will have a weakened blood-brain barrier causing the amyloid plaques to form and causing an elevated risk of microbial infections to the brain.
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What Is S.H.I.E.L.D.?
There are ways to actually damper the effects of Alzheimer’s disease from progressing further in the brain. One of the ways that many individuals can help damper the effects of pre-Alzheimer’s from turning into chronic is S.H.I.E.L.D. This acronym has been used to help make individuals change their lifestyle choices and even help protect their brains. S.H.I.E.L.D. stands for:
- Handle Stress
- Interact With Others
- Learn New Things
With this acronym, many individuals will not only begin to protect their brains from Alzheimer’s but also get their lives back together without chronic inflammation and have a huge change in themselves.
Everybody needs at least 8 hours of sleep in order to feel rejuvenated and carry on their day. Research has shown that when individuals are in a deep sleep, their brains can actually clean out the amyloid plaques and other neurotoxic debris in the brain to prevent Alzheimer’s from progressing. This is due to the brain following a slow steady beat while producing slow, rhythmic electrical waves to flush out excess amyloids and fibrillary tangles out of the brain, which means that going into a deep sleep is beneficial for individuals who want to prevent Alzheimer’s from progressing.
Stress is a two-way street where it can be both beneficial and dangerous to a person. For individuals who are dealing with stress, studies have shown that stress is highly involved with Alzheimer’s as it can be involved with the development and progression of the disease. Stress can cause detrimental effects on a person by affecting their mood and overall wellbeing. There are ways for individuals that need to find ways to handle their stress. Meditation and going on vacation can provide beneficial changes to the stress response and inflammation in the body. Not only that but when individuals do meditation for a week, it can lead to an increase in telomerase activity and provide beneficial changes to Alzheimer’s pathology and dampen them.
Research has found that older individuals who are lonely will have lower levels of cognitive function and progress Alzheimer’s disease to become more severe. Since loneliness can cause stress, it can cause chemical changes to the brain and can kill the nerve cells. By talking and interacting with people, it can use the nerves that utilize the cognitive function to talk and listen to individuals. This will allow the brain to be healthy and talking to individuals about similar interests can dampen the effects of stress and lower the chances of Alzheimer’s from forming.
Exercising not only help the body feel good but also makes the brain feel good too. By incorporating any kind of form of exercising can help strengthen the brain’s nerve cells. Surprisingly though low to moderate exercises for older adults can help not only improve their body health and weight but also strengthen their cognitive function. Exercises can make individuals focus on what they are doing and make their brains go through the motions over again while improving their health.
By exercising the brain in an intellectual sense can help improve cognitive function and lower the effects of Alzheimer’s from progressing. By taking up a hobby and learning how it works can help strengthen the nerve cell connections known as synapses. This can be a variety of things that can interest a person that wants to learn something different and utilize them. Learning something new can also be relaxing to people as their brains are taking in new information that they can use in the future.
One of the easiest ways to help lower Alzheimer’s disease and even lower the chances of inflammation in the body is the Mediterranean diet. The Mediterranean diet is consist of nutritious food that can provide beneficial results by incorporating anti-inflammatory foods that are leafy greens, fruits, and vegetables. What is so amazing about the Mediterranean diet is that it can also help provide gut support to the body as well. These can include probiotics like yogurt and prebiotics like whole grains to make individuals dampen inflammatory cytokines in the brain.
All in all, by utilizing S.H.I.E.L.D. into daily lifestyle can help lower the effects of Alzheimer’s disease. When the brain is healthy and sends out neuron signals to the body, it makes sure that bidirectional connection is not severed by any unwanted pathogens. When Alzheimer’s disease starts to shrink the brain and causes chronic inflammatory responses to disrupt the neuron signals, causing neurological disorders. With S.H.I.E.L.D. , individuals can delay the effects of pre-Alzheimer’s in their brain and their journey to being healthier can flourish without worrying about suffering from neurological disorders.
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