With Alzheimer's affecting over 5 million Americans according to alz.org, the search for the cure is at an all time high. While millions of dollars are being poured into the treatment of Alzheimer's, recent studies have suggested that we should channel our energy less towards the treatment, and more towards the prevention of the disease.
New research from the Oxford Journal has found a strong link between wealthy, sanitized countries and a higher rate of Alzheimer’s disease. The study suggests that the common use of things like antibacterial soaps can actually start working against you in the long run: “People living in industrialized countries may be more likely to develop Alzheimer's due to greatly reduced contact with bacteria, viruses and other microorganisms.” Researchers suggest that this in turn can lead to issues with immune system development along with the risk of dementia. This new research suggests that the lack of exposure to bacteria creates a poorly developed immune system, leaving your brain at risk for inflammation. The inflammation that occurs with poorly developed immune systems has a direct link to Alzheimer’s.
Washing with a gentle non-antibacterial soap on a daily basis may give you an overall better immune system due to the natural exposure to bacteria. Small substitutions like this can strengthen your immune system and keep your brain exactly how you want it, strong and healthy.