Can you prevent mental illness through diet?

In our days and age, where media are constantly reminding us of the importance of our look and physical appearance. We often tend to undermine the importance of our mental health.

In our day and age, where the media is constantly reminding us of the importance of our look and physical appearance. We often tend to undermine the importance of our mental health. However, in our exponentially demanding society,  mental health is in decline, which results in the rise of all sorts of mental degenerative diseases.

This month is World Alzheimer's month. 

Alzheimer is the most common form of dementia in the world, it is the sixth-leading cause of death in the UK, it takes an enormous toll on families and caregivers. There is currently no cure for it, however, studies show really encouraging results when it comes to prevention.

Prevention is key to Alzheimer

One of Omnos’s key beliefs is the absence of illness does not necessarily equate to the presence of wellness. Degenerative diseases take many years to develop before showing apparent symptoms and being diagnosed. This is why maintaining a healthy lifestyle with optimal nutrition and a well-balanced exercise program is key to optimal health and will prevent you from developing the most preventable degenerative diseases. But how targeted can your plan be when it comes to mental health and more specifically Alzheimer?   

The Genetics of Alzheimer

First, it is important to know what your predispositions are, and also remind you of another key belief of the Omnos Method. Your genes are not your fate! Genetics plays a major role in the likelihood of getting Alzheimer’s. Those with the E4 version of the APOE gene have a higher risk while those with the E2 version have a lower risk. Importantly, though, studies comparing people living in Africa (where 30-40% have at least one version of E4) and those in the US with the same APOE genetics show that people of Africa have lower rates of Alzheimer’s disease. These and studies like it highlight the importance of proper diet and other lifestyle factors (such as exercise) in altering genetic risk.

So what can you do to prevent degenerative mental health and ultimately Alzheimer?

Nutrition :

Research is showing a strong link between diet and the development of the disease in the later stage of life. Here are the findings:

  • Eating a Mediterranean diet can lower rates of cognitive decline.
  • Being overweight or obese in midlife doubles the risk of developing Alzheimer.
  •  Too much iron in the diet can promote damage to the brain tissue.
  • Getting enough vitamin E can minimise reactive oxygen molecules in the brain, preventing damage. 

Lifestyle :

If your genetic variant isn't optimal, you would be strongly advised to stimulate dopamine, adrenaline, and norepinephrine levels via exercise, outdoor activities, meditation, or social interactions are just as important as nutrition to optimise brain health. 

Dare the new and socialise with real people, not through a device!

I believe that if people embrace the health awakening that is happening now, through the Genomic revolution, and tune in to a more personalised and proactive approach to their health and wellness by adopting the Omnos principles, we can cure the diseases of our current society.

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