A healthy diet is necessary to keep the extra pounds off the body, and it is also great for optimal brain function. “Feeding” the brain is equally important when choosing nutrients on a daily basis. The ketogenic diet (which feeds the brain) is showing promising results for improved cognitive function, even in patients with Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Slowing & Reversing Memory Loss
Research studies show the ketogenic diet potentially slows (and reverses) the symptoms related to memory loss and cognitive deficiencies in each stage of dementia. The keto diet is one which is higher in fat with adequate amounts of protein along with low-carb intake. Individuals following this diet will develop ketones in the body which produce needed energy. Ketones are known to be “neuroprotective” helping the brain to slow the aging process.
Many researchers have labeled Alzheimer’s as “type-3” diabetes due to its relationship to blood sugar disorders. Research studies reveal a strong link between the two. Patients in this “type-3 category” are faced with memory loss issues and cognitive impairments.
The American Diet
The American diet includes eating a large number of breads, sweets, cereals, potatoes, grains, and desserts. The body is not fashioned to handle the high consumption of these foods. Therefore, obesity is ever increasing at alarming rates. Additional consequences of the diet include blood sugar inconsistencies, memory challenges, and diminishing health.
Dementia: The Ketogenic Diet Basics
For patients with dementia, Alzheimer’s, and ongoing memory issues, changes in the diet can bring much-improved health. Consider the following suggestions which are known to slow, or reverse the symptoms:
Ideas for dietary protein include meats (organic, grass-fed), pasteurized eggs, and wild-caught fish. Be aware dairy protein may cause inflammation within the body and may not be the best choice.
Vegetable oils which should be avoided include soy, safflower, corn, canola, and sunflower. In place of these oils, consider trying olive oil, coconut oil, or medium-chain triglyceride (MTC) oil. MTC is a wonderful addition to the ketogenic diet as the body’s liver converts the oil to ketones. Butter, ghee (which is better), and heavy cream can be used in cooking.
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