Exercise and Diet: Prevention for Dementia

Created on: 11th February 2019

As we move inot 2019 there will be more and more people who will be diagnosed with Dementia. This is a term used to describe different diseases which progressively damage the brain. There’s currently no cure for the condition, but experts believe there are ways of preventing it.

Along with many other diseases, two courses of action can dramatically change and sometimes eradicate the condition. These are: Exercise and diet. 

Exercise:

Sitting down too long is bad for you, so just 10-15 minutes of walking about will be good for you. The dementia research charity recommends the following:

150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity, such as brisk walking, riding a bike or pushing a lawnmower, or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity, such as jogging, fast swimming or riding a bike up a hill.

As well as aerobic exercise you should also build in some resistance activities that require strength and work your muscles twice a week.

This could be digging in the garden or exercises such as push-ups and sit-ups.

Diet:

A healthy balanced diet including lots of fruit and vegetables is recommended to help prevent dementia

The dementia charity adds: “Aim for five portions a day, Fresh, frozen and tinned fruit and vegetables all count.

“A healthy diet also has fish at least twice a week, including oily fish (e.g. mackerel, salmon, sardines) which contains healthy polyunsaturated (omega-3) fatty acids and vitamin D.

“Adding starchy foods (e.g. potatoes, brown rice, pasta, bread) and protein (e.g. meat, fish, eggs, beans) will also help you maintain a balanced diet.”

Don’t eat:

• Fizzy drinks

• Sweets

• Bread

• Pizza

• Ready meals

Many people when they retire, tend to do nothing which is the worst thing they can do. Eat the right food and be active every day, will keep the Doctor away! Besides as Christians, there is nothing in the Bible about retiring!

Posted by Amanda Hopkins

Extract from www.dailyexpress.co.uk

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