1. Replenish Vitamin D
We take in this vitamin through nutrients known as secosteroids whose job it is to become hormonal components in the body and aid the intestines in consuming all the calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron, and phosphorous that vitamin D brings into the body when we consume foods rich with it.
The problem is that on average, 55% of people do not get the daily amount that is needed for optimal absorption and are severely lacking in this which needs to be approximately 600 IU per day for anyone under the age of 70. This goes up to 800 IU for seniors 70 years and up. There are even suggested intakes from other medical professionals of upwards of 1000 IU per day from The Vitamin D Council.
Getting outside and taking in vitamin D through UV rays is an alternative, but that takes a conscious change in lifestyle to accomplish. The safe alternative is taking a vitamin D supplemental pill or form of vitamin D every day as well as eating foods rich in vitamin D such as:
- Fish oils
2. Fatty Acids
These are “good fats” that promote healthy cognitive functions in both children and adults. The Omega-3 fatty acids are absorbed through the cell membranes to form a healthy network of communication between our brains and the rest of our system. The Omega 3 fatty acids are particularly helpful in the initial stages of dementia to deter the symptoms as well as help with prevention. Eating the following types of foods will assist with this:
- Salmon, herring, mackerel
- “Oily” nuts such as walnuts, chia seeds, and flaxseed
If you have an allergy to fish and fish oils, you can substitute Thorne Fish Oil or other vegetarian Omega-3 supplements found at your local store.