Infection boosts dementia risk

As you get older, there's no such thing as an ordinary infection -- because any common bug has the power to ruin your life... or even end it.

And even when the immune system manages to beat that infection, it could leave behind invisible and lasting damage -- damage that can hurt you later in ways you might never realize are related to the illness.

For example, infection is a major risk factor for dementia.

The more serious your infection, the higher your risk -- and if you're hospitalized for an infection such as pneumonia, your risk of cognitive decline and dementia in the years that follow could actually double, according to the latest research.

To make matters worse for the immune system, cognitive decline itself can in turn boost your risk of infection by 11 percent, according to the study in American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

At that point, it doesn't matter which came first -- the chicken or the egg... or in this case, the infection or the decline. All that really matters is that each condition is increasing the risk of the other -- setting the stage for a vicious cycle of infection and decline, decline and infection.

Next thing you know, the relaxing golden years you've always dreamed of have turned into a nightmare of never-ending disease and dementia.

But you don't have to let this happen to yourself or your loved ones.

The best way to beat infections such as pneumonia is to make sure you don't get them in the first place. And the best way to make sure you don't get them in the first place is to give the immune system the power it needs to crush the germs that cause disease.

Last winter, I spilled the secrets to turbo-charging the immune system in my Health Revelations newsletter. I was writing specifically about flu, but these same immune-boosting nutrients can give your body the power it needs to beat everything from the common cold to deadly pneumonia.

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