Ayesha and Dean Sherzai, MD
The Alzheimer’s Solution – A Breakthrough Program to Prevent and Reverse the Symptoms of Cognitive Decline at Every Age
by Nina from MindGourmet
An inspired, creative, focused and clear mind needs a healthy brain.
It’s that simple and yet – how do we do that?
How can we keep our brains and our whole beings healthy and thriving so that we can enjoy life to the max here and now?
How can we avoid being surprised by the symptoms of terrifying and devastating diseases like Alzheimer’s in the future?
A unique husband and wife team on the cutting edge of brain science
Award-winning neurologists Drs. Dean and Ayesha Sherzai are dedicated to educating people about the simple steps to long-term health and wellness.
Through research and their extensive collective medical backgrounds, they work to demystify the steps to achieving long-term brain health and the prevention of devastating diseases such as Alzheimer’s and dementia.
“The Alzheimer’s Solution” – It’s all about lifestyle
Ayesha and Dean’s message is extremely empowering: 90% of Alzheimer’s cases can be prevented! And, no, it’s not by taking a pill.
Their research shows very clearly that a healthy brain is directly and undoubtedly related to healthy lifestyle choices.
What that says is that we’re not victims to our genes or fate. We have the responsibility for our brain health in our own hands, and it’s up to us to make smart choices right now – not (only) when symptoms are starting to appear. Prevention is key.
Cognitive health is about so much more than just avoiding Alzheimer’s
Ayesha and Dean write in The Alzheimer’s Solution: “In our years of research and clinical work, perhaps the most profound thing we’ve realized is this: the pursuit of cognitive health is about so much more than just avoiding Alzheimer’s. Getting old doesn’t have to be about mental decline. The brain can actually expand as we get older, giving us the capacity to see the world more complexly, to truly understand ourselves and the people around us.”
Now, isn’t that encouraging and empowering?
The NEURO Plan: Nutrition – Exercise – Unwind – Restore – Optimize
In our interview, Ayesha and Dean walk us through the 5 pillars of optimal brain health they found in their research.
We also speak about the challenges that come with the decision to make changes in our lives.
And there’s so much more! Take a listen!
This is what you’ll learn from our conversation:
- Scary data about Alzheimer’s and the most influential risk factors that are responsible for most of the degeneration that contributes to this and other dementias (4:00)
- The paradigm shift regarding Alzheimer’s: Treatment is now prevention. In fact, 90 percent (!) of Alzheimer’s cases can be prevented through lifestyle adjustments (9:14)
- You don’t “get” Alzheimer’s at a certain point in your life. It’s a process of cumulative damage that ultimately shows itself in the symptoms of the disease. As an example, Dean speaks about the devastating effect processed sugar has on our health. (11:35)
- What a doctor’s visit with Ayesha and Dean and the patient–doctor relationship with them looks like: an individualized approach that includes the family; looking at the patient’s history as well as at their lifestyle; changing lifestyle habits and choices over time (14:00)
- Changing the landscape of health: Health starts at your home, in your kitchen, in your family and in your community: Addressing brain health at the family and the community level (18:35)
- Empowerment and prevention through lifestyle medicine: Team Sherzai’s NEUROPlan for optimal brain health: Nutrition – Exercise – Unwind – Restore – Optimize (20:35)
- Nutrition: A whole-food, plant-based diet low in sugar, salt, and processed foods (22:05)
- Exercise: An active lifestyle that incorporates movement every hour— not just a stop at the gym after an otherwise sedentary day (24:35)
- Unwind: Stress management in the form of meditation, yoga, mindful breathing exercises, time spent in nature, and the support of strong communities (28:45)
- Restore: Seven to eight hours of regular, detoxifying sleep through intensive sleep hygiene, treatment for sleep disorders, and management of medications and foods that adversely affect sleep (31:22)
- Optimize: Multimodal activities (like music) that challenge and engage many of the brain’s capacities, as well as meaningful social interaction (35:45)
- Why change often is so challenging, and the advice Ayesha and Dean give for establishing healthy habits (39:10)
- How and where you can find out more about Drs. Sherzai and their work (48:15)