Alzheimer’s Diet & Lifestyle Strategies

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  Meet Bernie and his pals who use these Diet & Lifestyle Strategies.
Bernie’s buddies are proud to be ALZsurvivors !

Bernie knows he needs to stay hydrated.  As the ALZ RESCUE DOG, he goes all over the world.  Bernie must stay sharp and ready to take action.  He uses all of these strategies to prevent ALZ.  His buddies are using all of them to reverse ALZ.

Wondering what’s in Bernie’s barrel?  You guessed it – Water!

Water is needed for chemical reactions to take place in the brain, for energy production, and synthesis.  Also, neurotransmitters depend on water.  Additionally, the brain is very sensitive to dehydration and even minimal dehydration can cause brain shrinkage.  Most important, water is essential for delivering nutrients to the brain and for removing toxins.  Therefore, keeping the brain fully hydrated will help with concentration and staying alert.

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Roger no longer gets lost when he’s out for a ride.  He only eats what is nourishing and healing for his body and brain. 

These Diet changes help heal the gut and the damage caused by inflammation:

Avoid fish containing mercury.Eat "SMASH" fish (salmon, mackerel, anchovies, sardines, herring).
Avoid trans fats like shortening.Eat healthy fats like nuts (especially walnuts), seeds, avocados, coconut oil, and "SMASH" fish.  [The brain is primarily fat and needs fat as an energy source for brain cells.]
Eliminate processed foods (prepared packaged foods that list ingredients).Eat whole foods (foods that remain close to their natural state with no additives or factory processing).
Eliminate sugar, high fructose corn syrup, and sugar substitutes.Use raw honey or Stevia for sweetening.  Eat low glycemic fruits such as apples, berries, cherries, peaches and others.
Eliminate gluten as it can initiate inflammation in the gut, leading to the blood brain barrier.Consume mostly plant based foods including more colorful organic vegetables and greens (10-15 servings/day).  [This helps heal the damage done by inflammation.]
Eat less starchy foods. Eat smaller portions of meat.  (Think of meat as a condiment.)

IMPORTANT: Check with your doctor before making any changes in your diet.

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  Fritz and Fanny enjoy playing a game of chess.  Overnight Fasting has improved their concentration and they can now stay on their game!  Fanny discovered she has the ApoE4 gene so she does the longer fast. Both say Overnight Fasting is just part of their routine now.

FASTING – Intermittent fasting improves cognitive function, increases neurotrophic factors, increases stress resistance, and reduces inflammation. Furthermore, time restricted eating gives the body and brain time to “reset” themselves.  Basically, fasting can be done for 12-16 hrs.  In particular, the first 3 hours of the fast begin after supper and before bedtime.

IMPORTANT TO NOTE:  The longer 16 hr. fast is typically used for patients whose genetic testing reveals they have one or two copies of the ApoE4 gene, placing them at higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s.


   12 hr. Fast after supper at 7 pm: (7-10 pm = 3 hrs.) plus (10 pm –   7 am =   9 hrs.) Total 12 hrs.

   16 hr. Fast after supper at 7 pm: (7-10 pm = 3 hrs.) plus (10 pm – 11 am = 13 hrs.) Total 16 hrs.

IMPORTANT: Check with your doctor before starting a Fast.

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Stanley was able to interact with his friends and carry on a conversation soon after he started taking coconut oil and straight MCT oil.

Coconut Oil & MCT Oil – Alzheimer’s is similar to Diabetes in regard to insulin resistance where the brain doesn’t absorb sugar. So, a different “fuel source” for energy is needed. Subsequently, coconut oil (which contains MCT) and straight MCT oil can be used as alternative fuel sources.   Also, coconut oil is an anti bacterial.


– Use pure coconut oil which can be found in most grocery stores.
– MCT stands for Medium Chain Triglycerides and can be found in health food stores.
– Foods containing Medium Chain Fatty acids (found in milk from humans, cows, goats):
     Coconut oil, feta cheese, heavy cream, American cheese, cow butter
     Whole milk contains more MCT than fat free milk.
– MCT oil provides higher ketone levels, while coconut oil provides longer duration of the mild ketogenic effect.
– Ketones are manufactured by your liver as a backup fuel source for your brain to protect against brain starvation on a low-carbohydrate diet.
Your brain is biologically designed to oxidize glucose for the majority of your life, and it can adapt to burning ketones when glucose is limited.

Dr. Mary Newport’s recommendation for adding Coconut Oil and MCT Oil to your diet:
   - Start with 1 teaspoon taken 2-3 times/day (with food).  Too much too soon can cause diarrhea.
   - Then, if no gastrointestinal problems arise, increase by 1 teaspoon per meal every few days.
   - Work up to 3 Tablespoons taken 3 times/day with meals and 2 Tablespoons with food at bedtime.
   - In total, this amount would include MCT oil if taken also. Use a 1:1 ratio (MCT to Coconut).

Important Tip:  Spreading out the dosage is more beneficial to the brain than taking it 1 time/day.

Watch Dr. Mary Newport's video:  How Much Coconut Oil for Alzheimer's & Dementia

Also, watch the video Coconut Oil As An Alzheimer’s Treatment to see how Dr. Mary Newport’s husband improved his cognition after taking coconut oil.

IMPORTANT: Check with your doctor before taking coconut oil or straight MCT oil.

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Jack eagerly waits for his pal Charlie to come by so the two can go for a walk. This is his favorite part of The Protocol. 

EXERCISE – Walking is a great way to exercise and also improves balance.  Surprisingly, exercise done just 10-15 min./day can be helpful.  If possible, try to work up to 30 min. 4 times/week or even 1 hr. 5 times/week. Firstly, walking improves concentration, focus, and attention span.  Secondly, exercise increases the level of BDNF, brain-derived neurotrophic factor, important for learning and memory.

IMPORTANT: Check with your doctor before starting an exercise regimen.

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Salvatore was smart to get the right testing called a “cognoscopy.” He now knows what areas need to be addressed. Getting quality, restorative sleep helps Salvatore maintain his adventurous lifestyle. He is the most interesting dog in the world! 

SLEEP – Quality sleep helps restore the brain by flushing out toxins that build up during waking hours.  Also, sleep has a restorative function and helps with cognition, concentration, productivity and performance.

Moreover, sleep affects glucose metabolism and Type 2 Diabetes risk which can be linked to depression.  In addition, sleep improves immune function.  Therefore, poor sleep is linked to increased inflammation.  As a result, sleep affects emotions and social interactions.

Getting better sleep starts with differentiating daytime from night by dimming the lights 1 hour before bedtime. And, aromatherapy (using a diffuser with lavender oil) has a calming effect.  Then, cooling the room to 60-65 degrees can be helpful.  On the contrary, blue light from electronic devices (like computers, tablets and smart phones) can disrupt your brain’s natural sleep-wake cycle. 

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Charlie loves to take a swim after his walk with Jack. He reduces stress each morning by relaxing in his favorite lounge chair beside the pool. Now Charlie’s memory is better and he doesn’t forget to wear his Doggles for eye protection.

STRESS REDUCTION – Undoubtedly, high stress levels can contribute to one or more of the three neuro-threats (inflammation, shortage of brain-supporting molecules, or exposure to toxic substances).  Conversely, exercise and relaxation techniques can be helpful to reduce stress.

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Bert needs to stay sharp for his 9 to 5 job. He goes to the BrainHQ website daily to challenge his brain in a fun way. Bert started playing his saxophone again and may even join the local jazz band soon.

BRAIN TRAINING – Keeping the mind active may reduce the amount of brain cell damage that occurs with Alzheimer’s.  Also, brain training can support the growth of new nerve cells and prompt nerve cells to send messages to each other. BrainHQ, developed by a group of neuroscientists led by Dr. Michael Merzenich, provides brain training exercises for those with Alzheimer’s or dementia and for those who want to prevent cognitive decline.  Moreover, BrainHQ is now being utilized as part of The Bredesen Protocol.  Additional information can be found at

To be sure, simple activities like word search, coloring, card matching, knitting, crocheting, folding laundry, listening to music, singing or playing a musical instrument can be helpful to keep the mind active.

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Carlita’s ReCODE Report, as a result of her “cognoscopy,” revealed she needed to eliminate toxins from her body. Removing mold in her house was also important. Carlita is healthier now and her cognitive decline has halted and is now reversing. Her smile says it all! 

ELIMINATE TOXINS – Obviously, the fastest way to the brain is through the nose and mouth. Therefore, it is important to eliminate toxins (molds, chemicals, and metals).  Then, be sure to check out the ingredients in cleaning products and toiletries like deodorant, toothpaste, and mouthwash.  Accordingly, make changes if needed.

NOTE: This information is not meant to be a “prescription” to follow.
Before implementing anything listed here, you should consult with your doctor first.

  Get started today and improve your dognition cognition.  


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