Perhaps you have heard of the links between everyday products and Alzheimer’s disease?
For one, the use of aluminum products has been reported to increase the risk of Alzheimer’s.
Betsy has Alzheimer’s in her family history so we’re vigilant to avoid any association with known and suspected contributors. (This seems like an appropriate time to thank some of our readers who have brought more Alzheimer’s-related information to our attention over the past few months!)
Note: we’re not writing to support or deny such claims, only to provide alternatives for those looking to avoid possible links to the disease.
Aluminum free deodorant
Our homemade deodorant works, saves you money, and is free of parabens, aluminum, and other harmful ingredients.
Aluminum free cookware
Avoid aluminum cookie sheets too by using either stoneware or cast iron. Simply leave these heavy duty alternatives in the oven at all times to keep them out of your way. Preheat the oven with them inside and they’ll help save energy by holding the heat. They also distribute heat better which makes for more even cooking.
Aluminum free baking powder
Contrary to what you may have been reading on the internet or packages in the grocery store lately, baking soda is aluminum free. It’s baking powder you want to watch out for. Simply purchase baking powders that are advertised as “aluminum free.” You can usually find them at your local health food store.
You may also choose to avoid any prepackaged baking ingredients like cake mixes and doughs, because they too can contain sources of aluminum.
Use wax paper instead.
Other alternatives include freezer paper, parchment paper, reusable sandwich bags, cloth napkins, and glass storage containers.
Fluoridated drinking water
Did you know that one of the sources of “fluoride” in drinking water is the waste of aluminum and fertilizer factories? I’m not joking.
Our city’s recent water report listed “discharge from fertilizer and aluminum factories” as one of the typical sources of fluoride that is added to the drinking water.
No thanks, we drink water filtered by one of these instead. These filtration systems eliminate the fluoride in the water (and almost anything else you can thing of), but allow the beneficial minerals to remain.
Aluminum free personal products
Toothpaste, shampoo, and antiperspirants (mentioned above) can contain sources of aluminum such as bauxite (Aluminum dioxide) or aluminum salts, aluminum lauryl sulfate or magnesium aluminum silicate, and aluminum chlorhydrate or aluminum zirconium respectively.
I encourage you to avoid such products by either making your own or purchasing aluminum free alternatives at your local health food store.
Antacids can contain 200 milligrams or more of elemental aluminum in a single tablet and others contain traces of aluminum hydroxide.
You can avoid this altogether by using alternative remedies for heartburn.
We heard a recent radio news piece that reported people who walk six or more miles each week have less memory loss and more effective cognition.
I don’t know how true these reports are but I do know that regular exercise is never a bad idea!
Avoid trans fats
In a recent study by Dr. Gene Bowman of Portland’s Oregon Health and Science University, elderly people with high levels of trans fats in their blood not only performed poorly on memory tests, but also had smaller brains – a hallmark of Alzheimer’s Disease.
“Trans fats are probably one of the most dangerous things we can consume that you see in everyday foods that have no restrictions on them,” he warned.
This doesn’t surprise me either.
In case you have skimmed through the article hoping for a nice, concise conclusion on the subject matter, here it is in a nutshell… to combat Alzheimer’s Disease, our simple plan is this:
- eat healthy,
- exercise regularly,
- and avoid aluminum in products whenever possible.
- Aluminum’s Deadly Properties by Endeavor Freedom
- Brain Shrinkage? Trans Fats Link to Alzheimer’s from CBN.com
photo credit M@rg