Weird “Nose Signal” Could End in Tragedy?
Dear Living Well Daily Reader,
Just a few years ago, losing your sense of smell or taste was pretty rare. Most folks wouldn’t have been able to name a single disease linked to these conditions.
Of course, all that has changed. Nowadays everyone knows losing your senses of taste and smell is often linked to a COVID-19 infection.
But a fading sense of smell doesn’t always mean you’re coming down with a case of COVID. In fact, it is linked to another deadly disease you should be on the lookout for as you age.
Our mystery disease is Alzheimer’s.
Sure, we may talk a lot about “stopping to smell the roses.” But the truth is most of us don’t think about our sense of smell too often. It’s our vision and hearing that get most of the attention.
But some researchers at the University of Chicago Medicine are urging us to change that.
The team discovered that a fading sense of smell could be an early sign of Alzheimer’s disease. In fact, it appears the link is even more likely if someone loses their smell quickly for no apparent reason, such as COVID or the flu.
It turns out memory is a BIG part of smell. Plus, the plaques that clog up the brains of people with Alzheimer’s tend to target the areas of the brain that we use for memory and smell. And this attack often happens early on in the disease.
In other words, if you suddenly find yourself unable to smell things that you once could (or notice your sense of taste fading since smell and taste are so closely linked), it’s time to book an appointment with your doctor. If your COVID-19 test is negative, be sure to ask your doc about getting a full workup on your brain function.
But even if your smeller IS functioning perfectly fine, NOW is still a good time to start thinking about your brain health. The earlier you intervene, the more you can reduce your risks of ever facing a serious memory problem.
I can help you get started right away with these five simple tips for a healthy brain.
- Eat a diet packed with plenty of vegetables and good proteins. Make sure you eat vegetables at every meal and pick wild or free-range meats whenever possible.
- Avoid processed foods and those with too many added sugars or vegetable oils. Both increase inflammation in the body–which is terrible for your brain. I prefer olive and avocado oils, but you can also use butter.
- Keep your blood sugar under control. Blood sugar and brain health are closely tied. So keeping your numbers in check is vital. If you need help reigning in your glucose, supplements such as chromium and berberine can help.
- Eat more good fats. Omega-3 fatty acids (found in fish oil) are the best fats you can put into your body. Not only are omega-3s necessary for maintaining a healthy brain they can also help tamp down runaway inflammation.
- Exercise. There isn’t a single thing that’s better for your brain than exercise. Get up and move your body every day.
Give your brain the “fuel” it needs to thrive, and you could help head off memory problems before they start.
P.S. It’s not just your sense of smell that needs protecting. Build a barrier against hearing loss, too, with THIS surprisingly powerful diet secret. (It could slash your risk up to 30!)
Source: “Rapid olfactory decline during aging predicts dementia and GMV loss in AD brain regions,” Alzheimer’s & Dementia, First published: 28 July 202
Written By Dr. Scott Olson, ND
Nearly 25 years ago, failed mainstream medical treatments left Dr. Olson in constant pain – and his health in ruins. And that’s when he did something REVOLUTIONARY. He began his career in medicine – and dedicated his life to uncovering the true, underlying causes of disease.
Through his innovative medical practices in Tennessee and Colorado, Dr. Olson has helped cure countless seniors from across America of arthritis… heart disease… diabetes… and even cancer. All without risky prescription drugs or painful surgeries.
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