More often than not, we find ourselves on the couch for a weekend. There may be a golf tournament or a football game. Your favorite television show might be having a special and you just have to watch it. For Alzheimer’s patients, this may be okay once in a while, but exercising your mind and body is always a good idea to stimulate blood flow and increase overall circulation.
Going for a walk is the first step. Studies have shown that walking a mile and a half four days a week can improve memory and quality of life in just 12 weeks. Having a companion to walk with will also increase your ability to keep a routine with walking. Take a partner! They could be an old friend, or your dog that just want to walk alongside you.
Another exercise that is shown to be beneficial is swimming. Because walking may cause joint pain, swimming has become another mode of exercise that many find to be the perfect fit! Local community pools often have classes for organized group swimming or just a space to do laps. Studies recommend thirty minutes of swimming four days per week for optimal progress.
Though Alzheimer’s is a chronic disease, there can be hope through proper dieting techniques. Physicians often suggest a Ketogenic diet that relies more on a ratio of 60% fats, 35% protein, and 5% carbs.
While this does seem like a dramatic change, there is a scientific aspect that supports those whom have Alzheimer’s. Insulin resistance (found in diseases such as Type 2 Diabetes) leads to mental decline. Because Ketogenic diets decrease the amount of carbohydrates, the amount of glucose in the blood decreases, lowering the risk of insulin resistance
Another process takes places as glucose decreases; the body goes through ketosis. Ketosis is the body trying to create new energy sources beyond carbs. It begins to produce ketones that are made to fuel the mind and body while the body does not have carbohydrates.
These ketones have been proven beneficial to blood flow to the mind. You can test your concentrated ketone levels through blood testers, urine testing, and breath testing (blood testing has shown to be the most accurate). Each ratio of ketones to glucose varies on weight and height.
Make sure to contact your physician before making any lifestyle changes as dramatic changes effect every body differently. Below, you can find a diet plan to follow for one week.