Strategies to Support Your Cognitive Health
Functional medicine recognizes that diet plays a pivotal role in brain health & reducing the risk of cognitive impairment, even in those who may have an elevated genetic risk. A diet rich in antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, and nutrient-dense foods can support cognitive function and protect against neurodegenerative disorders in older adults (6). Individualized nutrition plans tailored to a person’s unique needs can optimize brain health.
Hormones play a significant role in brain function. Functional medicine practitioners assess and balance hormone levels to promote optimal brain health. Hormonal imbalances in older adults, especially in women, can exacerbate cognitive decline. One study found that menopausal women were more likely to suffer from mild cognitive impairment than men of the same age (7).
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Chronic stress is a known risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease, and can also worsen ADHD symptoms (8). Functional medicine emphasizes stress reduction techniques such as mindfulness, meditation, and relaxation therapies to protect the brain from the damaging effects of chronic stress.
Emerging research highlights the intricate connection between gut health and brain health. Functional medicine addresses gut imbalances, promotes a healthy gut microbiome, and recognizes the role of the gut-brain axis in potentially reducing the risk of neurodegenerative disease.
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Functional medicine practitioners may recommend targeted supplements to support cognitive health. These supplements may include antioxidants, omega-3s, vitamins, and minerals that nourish the brain. In some cases, proper supplementation can reduce cognitive deficits in older adults.
Lifestyle factors, such as regular exercise, reducing inflammatory foods, adequate sleep, and mental stimulation, are essential for brain health. Functional medicine emphasizes the importance of a holistic approach to lifestyle to protect against cognitive decline.
Early Detection and Prevention
Functional medicine practitioners focus on early detection and prevention of cognitive decline. Regular cognitive assessments, along with personalized strategies, can help individuals reduce their risk of neurodegenerative conditions and significantly protect against age-related cognitive decline.
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If you have ADHD, you may be concerned about your risk for cognitive decline later in life. While the link between ADHD and cognitive decline is still being studied, recent research suggests that there may be a connection. The good news is that there are steps you can take now to protect your brain health and protect against cognitive decline.