Research

 

Researchers have established a powerful link between diet and dementia. Although no special nutritional combination has been formulated to curb Alzheimer disease, some nutrients have been identified to slow down this mental degeneration. Research recommends a healthful, balanced diet loaded with an antioxidant: molecules that inhibits oxidation of other moleculescarotenoids like lutein, folate, omega-3 fatty acids, and some vitamins B6C, and E; to be taken regularly for a long period of time.

There is increasing proof that certain foods may be linked with brain longevity and reduce the threat of Alzheimer’s disease. For example, curry spice turmeric has both antioxidant as well as anti-inflammatory properties that are believed to guard against the disorder. Studies carried out on animals indicate that turmeric has been proven to slow the accumulation of harmful brain plaques.

Recent population studies indicate that the elderly in India, who feed on diets rich in curry, have considerably lower rates of the disease in comparison with their Western counterparts.

Like turmeric, blueberries may also fight age-related mental impairment, with Alzheimer’s disease inclusive. Blueberries a typical violet colour fruit appear to have powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory properties. One of the studies has revealed that; a daily cup of blueberries prevented mental deterioration in mice genetically engineered to have Alzheimer’s disease.

The consumption of healthful fats which are not only unhydrogentated but also unsaturated fats—from such foods as avocados, fish, nuts, olives, olive oil, and seeds appears to be useful as well. The population studies show that consumption of large quantities of butter, meat and whole milk doubles the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Tropical oils and many animal-based foods, such as butter, meat or whole milk which generally comprise of saturated fats. Trans fats are commonly derived from baked goods, margarine, and other processed foods.

Studies are being carried out to determine whether food nutrients can reverse the Alzheimer disorder and the advanced severe symptoms. When symptoms and complications like weight loss and swallowing difficulties associated with Alzheimer disorders arise, visit a physician.

What You Should Eat & Why neutralize generated Antioxidants

Antioxidants may guard against Alzheimer’s disease by counteracting the Free radicals—harmful substances produced during normal metabolism. Free radicals are considered to contribute to not only plaques but also tangles found in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients.
The most important Food Sources of antioxidants: Grapes, Tomatoes, BlueberriesSpinachOranges, Kale.

Carotenoids
Antioxidant characteristics found in carotenoids when combined with vitamins C and E, may be useful to protect the nerve cells in the brain from decline.
The most important Food Sources of carotenoids: CarrotsCollard greens, Sweet potatoesSpinachPeppers.

Folic acid
Commonly known as folate, this essential B Vitamin has been confirmed to lower blood levels of 
Homocysteine. Even moderate increments in the level of homocysteine double or triple the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
The most important Food Sources of this acid: Asparagus, Brussels sprouts, Beans-Soya, LentilsOrangesCabbage, SavoyBeans, driedSpinach and Avocados.

 

vitamin B6
Diminished blood levels of homocysteine, vitamin B6 may be useful to curbs the advance of Alzheimer’s disease
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The most important Food Sources of vitamin B6:  Potatoes, Bok choy BarleyMangoesBananasSunflower seeds and Tuna.

6 Relaxation Hacks For People Who Hate Meditating

If you suffer from stress and anxiety, odds are someone in your life has mentioned meditation as a way to cope with it. Psychiatrists often recommend this therapy, and for good reason ? research based on 19,000 meditation studies found mindful meditation can in fact ease psychological stress.

Despite that data, however, meditation isn?t for everyone. And it may not serve some people who experience the most severe bouts of stress.

I have chronic generalized anxiety, which means I?m always experiencing a level of tension or stress. For the most part I can manage it, but every now and then, it?ll hit hard without warning, and uproot my day completely.

In college, my therapist recommended I try meditation to curb my anxiety. At first, I was happy to oblige. I tried a variety of styles, from Zen meditation, which has you focus on breathing, to primordial sound mediation, which involves, well, making primordial sounds.

It didn?t work. I?d often find myself more anxious at the end of a 15-minute meditation session than I had been at the beginning. And I?m not alone: In general, it can be more difficult for people with chronic anxiety to meditate, because they have more stress-ridden thoughts than the average person, according to clinical psychologist Mitch Abblett. 

That said, there are plenty of ways to achieve the same level of relaxation without sitting cross-legged on the floor. They?re all rooted in a technique called ?the distraction method.? It?s part of Dr. Albert Ellis? Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy, which works under the assumption that a person?s way of thinking is intrinsically tied to their emotional functioning. 

The method consists of doing basic activities can help you take a step back from your anxiety. Psychologist Anjhula Mya Singh Bais explains the distractions can help people to ?objectively view issues causing disturbances in a manner that is both pragmatic and helpful in a low intensity, low pressure and low stakes environment.?

What she means is by doing something simple and functional, you may be able to relax, regroup and perhaps reexamine the issue that was causing your anxiety from a much more levelheaded place.

Here are six suggestions for activities that may calm your brain without meditation, based on expert opinions and my personal experience

1. Arts and crafts ? including but not limited to coloring, pottery and knitting

Working with your hands diverts energy into something productive, and often results in a cool or even beautiful creation.

?Being artistic calms the nervous system because when we?re focused on creative activities, our attention moves away from constant worrying,? New York therapist Kimberly Hershenson says. ?This helps the nervous system regulate, allowing our brain to clear space to process difficult issues.?

2. All varieties of yoga

There are a multitude of benefits that come from practicing yoga, and a quieter mind is just one of them. It?s basically active meditation, which is great for the anxiety-prone, because it allows you to focus on your breathing and body without getting stuck in your head.

?Yoga helps build concentration and is a great way to improve overall focus,? explains Silvia Polivoy, clinical psychologist and co-founder of the Thevine Spiritual Center. ?In addition, it enhances memory and improves brain power.?

If you?re new to yoga, I highly recommend starting with Lesley Fightmaster?s online videos.

3. Go for a walk

It may sound simple, but similar to yoga, walking outside (without your phone) allows you to refocus your anxious energy on a physical act and take in the world around you. Here?s a great way to start, courtesy of psychotherapist Melissa Divaris Thompson:

?The more you can get into nature the better. Walk with consciousness. Notice how your breath feels. Notice your feet walking on the surface with each step.?

4. Singing, humming and whistling

I often sing and whistle to bring myself back into the present. It automatically lightens my mood and regulates my breathing if I?m hyperventilating. The best part is you don?t have to be a good singer for it to work for you.

5. Free-writing before bed

This one?s especially great for people with anxiety that affects their sleep. David Ezell, the clinical director and CEO of Darien Wellness, recommends writing with a pen and paper to get away from distracting screens.

?The objective is to relieve the pressure of thoughts analogous to a water tank too full of H2O,? he writes in an email. ?I tell my patients to see their arm as a pipe and the notebook the reservoir into which the water flows.?

6. Cooking

Cooking is filled with basic tasks that let you focus on all sorts of sights, smells, tastes and textures. Once you?re done, you can practice mindfulness while you eat.

Your personal distraction method may not be on this list. But if you keep experimenting with different strategies, you?ll be sure to find it.

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Serbian Women’s Volleyball Team Celebrates Win With Offensive Photo

This is not a good look.

The Serbian women?s volleyball team struck a distasteful pose after beating Poland over the weekend. The win secured Serbia?s place in the 2018 FIVB Women?s World Championship, and to celebrate, the team posed for a group shot where most players are seen pulling back their eyes.

The gesture, historically used to mock people of Asian descent, is presumably in reference to the 2018 championships being held in Japan.

The photo, which was originally featured in an FIVB story about the game, has since been removed, according to Deadspin. But that doesn?t mean people were OK with the photo?s brief appearance.

This team isn?t alone in thinking that this pose is totally kosher. In 2008, the Spanish men?s Olympics basketball team posed for a similar photo right before they left for the games in Beijing.

Earlier this month, Ezequiel Lavezzi, an Argentinian footballer who plays soccer in China, apologized after he shot a promo photo making the racist gesture in uniform.

In a statement, Lavezzi explained his actions:

?We were given instructions by the official photographer,? he said. ?And I was trying to make some interesting photos by making some funny faces, which would be used afterwards for entertainment purposes.?

Much like the volleyball team photo above, there?s nothing funny about it.

HuffPost reached out to FIVB for comment, but did not hear back before publication. We will update this post accordingly. 

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