At Enhanced Wellness Living Functional Medicine Clinic in Ridgeland, Mississippi we understand that healthcare is not a “one size fits all” practice and we offer a variety of healthcare treatments to ensure that our patients are building strength, immunity, hormone balance, sexual health, and a lifestyle of energy, vitality, and longevity! Throughout October, November, and December and we are focusing on building a lifestyle of health, energy, and longevity through your brain, mental, and nutritional health! Our brain impacts every aspect of our health, yet most of us do not truly understand how much our nutritional choices impact our overall health, mental health, mood, and support in the prevention of cancer and Alzheimer’s Disease. Nurse Practitioners Kelly Engelmann and Leigh Gault, along with the EWL team, are here to support you on your Wellness Journey to Live Life Well!
Mississippi is one of the obesity capital of the US and has the 3rd highest Alzheimer’s death rate in the US. Have Hope! Alzheimer’s Disease is preventable and treatable!
Brain + Alzheimer’s Disease:
-Your brain is at work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and generates enough electricity to power a lightbulb
-Your brain processes around 70,000 thoughts a day
-3 in 5 Americans will develop a brain disease in their lifetimes and 1 in 3 seniors dies with Alzheimer’s Disease or another dementia
-Over 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s Disease, by 2050 that number will reach 14 Million
-Between 2000 and 2018 deaths from Alzheimer’s Disease have increased by 146%
-Alzheimer’s Disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the US
-Experiencing brain fog, such as feeling like you are not yourself, the inability to think clearly, forgetting where you put things, and poor concentration/inability to focus are all warning signs
-Stress, hormonal imbalances, obesity, poor diet, lack of sleep, and other underlying medical conditions may lead to brain disorders
What you can do to prevent Alzheimer’s Disease, Dementia, and other brains/cognitive disease:
-Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet. Foods that support brain health, mental health, and mood health include salmon, mackerel, avocados, pomegranates, blueberries, turmeric, kale, beets, spinach, walnuts, almonds, pumpkin seeds, figs, sardines, and more!
-Limit sugar intake! Sugar weakens your immune system and allows colds, flu, and viruses to flourish
-Understand your biomarkers through appropriate testing, complete a CNS VS test, and/or Cyrex LINX panel (all available through our Enhanced Wellness Living clinic!)
-Exercise daily to increase blood flow to the brain
-Get outdoors! Exposure to sunlight supports your natural production of Vitamin D and helps to boost your immune system and prevent disease, cold and flu, Seasonal Affective Disorder
-Learn! Read, play card games, do puzzles, build something, take a course on a subject you are interested in. It is never to late to learn something new!
-Avoid tobacco, quit smoking
-Take care of your overall health; obesity, high blood pressure, and diabetes will all negatively impact your cognitive and mental health
-Get good quality sleep, eliminate distractions and avoid screens close to bedtime
-Try Alpha-Stim if you are suffering with depression, anxiety, insomnia, chronic pain, and/or mood swings
-Engage in positive social activity! Try yoga, join a book club, start a walking group, volunteer, go to church, plan Zoom nights with friends and family!
Our October-December Lab Special is an in-depth look at your overall health and brain health! Vitamin D + Magnesium RBC ($86.50, regular $173), add on Homocysteine ($27)
Vitamin D- must be in balance and is foundational to overall health and to disease prevention! It is important to monitor Vitamin D levels throughout the year, especially as we head into fall and winter in Mississippi and have less exposure to sunlight. Every cell in our bodies has a Vitamin D receptor so it is important to optimize Vitamin D levels to achieve optimal health! Vitamin D is crucial to immune health, mental health, bone and joint health, and protecting against cancer and diseases.
Foods: salmon, tuna, oranges, mushrooms, kiwis, mackerel, eggs
Magnesium RBC- healthy levels help to prevent cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. Magnesium plays an important role in supporting immune health and works with Vitamin D to support overall wellness and prevent disease.
Foods: spinach, pumpkin seeds, avocados, almonds, edamame, bananas
Homocysteine- imbalanced levels of homocysteine cause inflammation on the body which can lead to cancer, brain diseases, Alzheimer’s disease, blood clots, and heart disease. High levels of homocysteine are shown to increase risk factors for cognitive decline such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Lowering levels through a well-balanced diet aid in the prevention of cancer and disease.
Nurse Practitioner, Kelly Engelmann, is Recode Certified for Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia for the Bredesen Protocol through The Institute for Functional Medicine.
An estimated 5.8 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease. The disease impacts people of all ages and the Alzheimer’s Association anticipates a 14% increase in the number of Americans with Alzheimer’s disease by year 2025.
Early detection and prevention are possible! Knowing your Vitamin D, Magnesium, and Homocysteine levels, incorporating our Supplements of the Month, and the Cyrex Alzheimer’s Linx/DUTCH Precision CAR/CNS VS testing empower you to counteract and prevent neurological dysfunction!