Maybe you’re finding it more and more difficult to hold your train of thought in conversations… or you can’t make your favorite chicken dish anymore because the recipe is too hard to follow… or your brain feels foggy… or perhaps you’ve forgotten important appointments and you’re starting to worry about your memory.
Do any of these scenarios sound familiar? If not for you, for your mom or dad, or perhaps a grandparent?
Memory loss is incredibly common and not just in the elderly—but it is not inevitable. I know because I and my team at the Amen Clinics have helped thousands of people rescue their memories. We know what works not just because patients tell us but also because we’ve done before-and-after brain scans that reveal the improvements.
That’s how I know you can get your memory back—and reap a lot of other benefits, too, like boosting your energy, slimming down, sleeping a lot better, reversing the signs of aging and avoiding life-threatening illnesses like heart disease, diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease (AD).
Preventing AD is a compelling reason to act now: There is no cure (and drugs haven’t helped much), the incidence is predicted to triple over the next 30 years, and any individual who reaches the age of 85 has a 50 percent chance of being diagnosed with either AD or another type of dementia.
The solution is to attack all of the risk factors that can steal your mind and memory. BRIGHT MINDS, the Amen Clinics’ new memory-rescue program, is a mnemonic, or memory aid, that summarizes the risk factors:
B – Blood Flow (cardiovascular disease, hypertension, lack of exercise and more)
R – Retirement/Aging (increasing age, lack of new learning)
I – Inflammation (gum disease, high C-reactive protein [CRP] levels in your blood and more)
G – Genetics (having the e4 version of the APOE gene and more)
H – Head Trauma (history of head injuries with or without loss of consciousness and more)
T – Toxins (alcohol or drug abuse, exposure to toxins in the environment or in personal-care products and more)
M – Mental Health (chronic stress, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and more)
I – Immunity/Infection Issues (chronic fatigue syndrome, autoimmune issues, untreated infections and more)
N – Neurohormone Deficiencies (low levels of thyroid, testosterone in males and females, estrogen and progesterone in females and more)
D – Diabesity (diabetes, prediabetes, and obesity)
S – Sleep Issues (chronic insomnia and sleep apnea)
And the BRIGHT MINDS program addresses each of these risk factors with easy, effective lifestyle interventions, including a brain-healthy diet, exercise, targeted supplements and brain games/exercises.
Accumulating research is showing that this simple yet multi-pronged approach is the best way to strengthen your memory, dial back brain aging and prevent Alzheimer’s. Our research on former NFL players with traumatic brain injuries showed that a BRIGHT MINDS plan could reverse brain damage, improving memory and other cognitive functions. Recently, the two-year FINGER study found that a combination of a healthy diet, physical activity, cognitive training and social activities prevented cognitive decline in more than 1,200 at-risk men and women.
To learn more about Amen Clinics Memory Program based on Dr. Amen’s BRIGHT MINDS approach, check it out HERE.