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Preventing Cognitive Decline: Your Natural Medicine Guide

By September 28, 2023Uncategorized

We’re delving into a fascinating topic that is becoming increasingly important as our population continues to age: cognitive decline. As we witness this issue touching the lives of so many individuals, I am excited to share some valuable insights on how you can naturally approach the prevention of cognitive decline. By taking proactive steps and incorporating certain habits into your lifestyle, you can potentially safeguard your cognitive abilities and enhance your overall brain health. Let’s embark on this enlightening journey together.

The Cognitive Decline Epidemic

The numbers are truly staggering. As of now, over 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, a progressive neurological condition that causes memory loss and cognitive decline. It not only affects the individuals themselves but also takes a toll on their families and caregivers, who provide dedicated support. Looking ahead, the situation is projected to worsen significantly, with estimates suggesting that by the year 2050, the number of people affected by Alzheimer’s will skyrocket to a staggering 14 million.

But here’s the thing: it’s important to keep in mind that the best way to combat cognitive decline is by taking proactive measures that promote overall brain health and well-being.


Understanding Cognitive Decline


Cognitive decline, often referred to as neurodegeneration, is a complex condition characterized by progressive damage to brain cells, leading to significant impairments in various cognitive functions such as memory retention, language processing, critical thinking, and decision-making abilities. These impairments can manifest in a range of ways, including difficulties with recall, communication, problem-solving, and overall cognitive processing speed. 


The reasons behind cognitive decline are complex, encompassing various factors like lifestyle choices, environment, and genetics. But let’s not forget how deeply it affects people’s everyday lives and overall well-being.


Family history and genetic predisposition do play a role, but studies suggest that up to one-third of dementia cases could be prevented through better health management and lifestyle choices.


The Brain Needs Real-Life Experiences


Our brains thrive on the richness of real-life experiences—the sights, sounds, and sensations that we can fully immerse ourselves in. It is in these tangible moments that our minds truly come alive, sparking connections and igniting our curiosity. As opposed to observing these experiences through the confined perspective of a screen, engaging directly with the world around us allows us to tap into a deeper sense of understanding, fulfillment, and growth. 

So, it’s absolutely crucial to limit excessive screen time in order to reduce your risk of cognitive decline. Spending long hours in front of screens, whether for work or leisure, can have detrimental effects on your cognitive health over time. It’s important to find a balance and prioritize activities that stimulate your brain and promote cognitive function.

Additionally, your diet plays a pivotal role in maintaining healthy cognitive function. Consuming one fast-food meal a day may seem convenient, but it can significantly increase your risk of cognitive decline. Processed foods, commonly found in fast-food meals, often lack essential nutrients and can be detrimental to brain health. Opting for a nutritious and well-rounded diet rich in fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains can help support cognitive function and overall brain health.


Chronic Disease and Dementia Risk

Chronic diseases such as high hemoglobin A1C, heart disease, elevated cholesterol levels, cancer, poor sleep patterns, a lack of exercise, and obesity have been found to significantly increase the risk of dementia. It is important to note that many of these chronic conditions are closely linked to diet and nutrition. 

By addressing and effectively managing these underlying health issues, we not only have the opportunity to improve our overall health but also to effectively reduce the risk of developing dementia. This highlights the crucial role that lifestyle modifications, including a balanced and healthy diet, can play in promoting brain health and preventing cognitive decline.


Natural Medicine for Prevention


Natural medicine focuses on nutrition and addressing the root causes of disease. Here are some strategies to help prevent cognitive decline naturally:


  1. Optimize Your Diet: Use food as medicine, increase your intake of fruits and vegetables, and consider a Mediterranean-based eating plan.


  1. Stay Active: Exercise enhances blood flow and oxygenation to the brain, promoting neuroplasticity—the brain’s ability to form new pathways.


  1. Incorporate Herbal Supplements: Curcumin, resveratrol, bacopa, lion’s mane mushroom, and pyrazine are herbs that can help reduce brain inflammation.
  2. Prioritize Sleep: Quality sleep is vital for brain restoration and clearing beta-amyloid plaque buildup, a contributor to cognitive decline.


  1. Minimize Medication Reliance: Be cautious of medications that may increase dementia risk, including certain insomnia and reflux medications.


Boost Neuroplasticity Naturally


Improving neuroplasticity, which refers to the brain’s remarkable capacity to adapt and change, can be achieved through various strategies. 


One such approach involves consuming a rich variety of nutrient-dense foods that provide the necessary building blocks for optimal brain function. It is also important to stay physically active, engaging in activities that stimulate both the body and mind. Additionally, challenging your brain through creative endeavors like art, exploring different cultures through travel, and continuously acquiring new skills can contribute to enhancing neuroplasticity. 


Finally, ensuring you get sufficient quality rest is vital, as sleep plays a crucial role in enabling the brain to consolidate and integrate new information. By adopting these practices, you can foster neuroplasticity and embrace the incredible potential of your ever-adaptable brain.


Join Me on the Journey


All in all, this natural medicine guide shines a light on the prevalence of cognitive decline in our society and provides real-life solutions to take action and reduce your chances of being affected. To safeguard our mental health now and in the future, it’s important to commit to preventive measures. These may include engaging in safe neurological exercises, incorporating foods that boost neuron dendrite branching, and exploring natural medicine for added support. I’m so inspired by those who have taken up this challenge within their own lives, whether you’re looking to keep your brain healthy or hoping to improve cognitive skills you already have. This is work worth doing, and I welcome you to join me on this journey! If there’s anything I can do to support you in preventative-level care, please take a moment to schedule a discovery call today. Thank you for joining me in this important discussion about protecting cognitive health naturally.


Are you curious to know if this approach can provide the answers you’re seeking to improve your health and prevent cognitive decline? Do you need assistance in uncovering the truth? Not only for you but also for your loved ones? Schedule a free discovery call with me to delve into this further. During our call, we can delve deeper into your symptoms and create a personalized plan tailored just for you. Let’s embark on this journey together.


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DISCLAIMER:  The information in this email is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. All content is for general informational purposes only and does not replace a consultation with your own doctor/health professional

Dr. Andrea Purcell

A trusted and well-respected Naturopathic Doctor, Dr. Purcell has been in private practice for over twenty years. Dr. Purcell is a published author and has a women’s specialty practice for hormone balancing, weight loss, mystery illness, and gastro-intestinal concerns. Dr. Purcell assists her patients by identifying the underlying cause of disease and removing obstacles that impede the body's natural ability to heal. Drugs and surgery are used as a last resort. She believes that increasing health on the inside shines through to the outside.