Lou Gehrig’s disease is a progressive disorder, a condition that affects muscles and nerves. The name comes from famous New York Yankees baseball player Lou Gehrig, who was one of the most famous people infected by this disease commonly referred as ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis). Doctors have spent years of research determining the cause of this disease and its risk factors. The process is still ongoing. It is estimated that five percent of cases are caused by genetics, while others remain relatively unknown. But, luckily, there are simple lifestyle changes that can stave off this disease.
How to Prevent Lou Gehrig’s Disease
Test the water in your home
Lou Gehrig’s disease reacts to environmental toxins. One of them is lead. Seniors that are diagnosed with ALS usually have high levels of lead in their blood. Having this toxin in their bodies can accelerate the progress of this disease. This is why it’s essential to check out if some of the water pipes or plumbing installations in the house are made out of lead.
After years of research, scientist have discovered that eating colored vegetables reduces the risk of getting this disease. The plants that have less color to themselves produce fewer carotenoids. This is why you should stick to brighter fruits that will aid you in creating these substances, which are adept at fighting proteins that trigger Gehrig’s disease. We’re talking about vegetables such as carrots, kale, broccoli, or sweet potatoes.
Eat more fish
We already talked how beneficial fish is for seniors‘ overall health. It is rich in omega-3 fatty acids that reduce the risk of getting ALS. In addition to lowering the risks of this cruel disease, it also reduces joint inflammation and enhances cognitive abilities.