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How To Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease

A simple, cheap, and effective way to prevent Alzheimer’s disease is to eat plenty of nutritious plant foods, as well as whole grains and complex carbs.  But this doesn’t mean that all grains are automatically ‘bad’ in and of themselves.  Grains, like all carbohydrates, are simply a collection of complex molecules, each of which have particular nutrients built into them.  You choose what goes in for the most part.  Try it.  You’ll like it more than you expect.  I can guarantee it.  Your brain will thank me.  (Not literally.

A simple, cheap, and effective way to prevent Alzheimer’s disease is to eat plenty of nutritious plant foods, as well as whole grains and complex carbs. To prevent Alzheimer’s, a food is not ‘bad’ in and of itself simply because it may contain certain nutrients in it. It is the choices made between the different foods, like the carbs consumed as part of a breakfast or lunch, that have that effect.  The choices that we make are largely out of our control, but the foods we choose are.  As such, it is our responsibility to make informed choices based on sound information and a well-developed palate.  We choose what we like.  We choose what we understand, and eat what our bodies demand.  Then we will get those nutrients which we need.  If we have more carbs than we need, we will absorb the carbs rather than store them, and we will burn the carbs.  This is called net carbs, and it is how our bodies generate heat. If we have too little carbs, we will store them, and we will not burn them.  If we have enough carbs, we will burn them, and will not absorb them.  This is called net carbs, and we will have no heat, no heat production.  This is what is known as ketosis.

If you are not yet diabetic, stop eating carbohydrates.  This is how ketosis was first discovered.  Strict ketosis was eventually shown to be effective against Alzheimer’s disease.  Why?  Because even if you eat a high-carb diet, it will not make your body more insulin sensitive!  And if you don’t have insulin sensitivity, it should be very hard to burn fat, for you are not using the energy from fat as efficiently as you could. If your body needs to burn a lot of fat or a lot of carbohydrates, you will get some from your liver without the carbohydrates.  When the body is in ketosis, it will use fats for energy and carbs for the basic brain function like processing memory and learning. When you eat carbs, your body goes to the liver to convert the carbs into glucose.  Once that happens, we burn it.  If your glucose production is not sufficiently elevated by carbs, your liver just produces glucose to deal with the surplus, using the energy from glucose for the basic brain function. In the case of Alzheimer’s disease, the brain needs sugar for energy.  To get glucose to the brain to meet this need, the body will convert carbohydrates to glucose.  It will not make any glucose to burn, but it will still release more glucose into the blood via the kidneys to use as fuel.  This is called ketosis.  When you put on weight due to being underweight, a large part of the weight gain is due to too much fat, which is a very poor fuel.  Because of this, excess weight is put on the brain (see Obesity and Alzheimer disease ), even if the body should have been producing glucose to burn. A ‘carb-restriction diet’ is the same as an energy restriction diet, except without restricting carbs.  The body has been engineered to burn fat as a direct fuel.  Any food containing a carb is metabolized into glucose while the carbohydrate is converted to fat.  This happens even when the carb is not a complete carbohydrate, only that the carb has one or many glycoalkane, fatty acid.  There is the possibility that in the later stages of Alzheimer’s disease when fats are not getting a large share of the brain’s energy, this could have an effect of creating a very harmful condition, known as keto-acidosis.  I mention it because it sounds dangerous, but is not.  It happens on very low carb diets, but there is no reason why the amount of fats lost should be dangerous.