Natural Ways to Improve Brain Function

Protect Your Brain From Dementia (Brain Inflammation – AKA Brainflammation)

One of the most debilitating medical conditions, dementia, is cruel and unrelenting.  This disease can cause severe disability, psychological trauma,  family grief, and much more.  Affecting approximately 47 million people worldwide, this condition is caused by several contributing factors.

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So many people are struggling with Alzheimer’s, memory loss, brain fog, depression, attention disorders, and loss of brain function.  The key to preventing these problems, and maintaining a healthy and vibrant brain, revolves around intelligent, preventative strategies.  In essence, implement these 6 natural tips to optimize your brain and keep it healthy.

Here are 6 Ways to Boost Brain Power & Reduce Brainflammation

  1. Eat lots of healthy fat
    • Fat has a bad reputation, and is often demonized in an unfair light. For the details on this visit the War on Fat.
    • Eat the right kind of fat.  Avoid hydrogenated fats such as vegetable, soy or corn oils.  Most is found in processed foods.
    • Eat good Omega 3 Fat by eating cold water fish and grass fed beef.  Plant sources of omega 3 (flax, chia) need to be biochemically converted by the body, which some people cannot convert well.  Omega 3 Fats help fight inflammation.
    • Excessive Omega 6 Fats contribute to inflammation.
    • Remember that Vitamins A, D, E, and K are actually forms of fat.  A low fat diet will be low in these essential fat soluble vitamins.
  2. Avoid excessive and processed carbohydrates
    • Standard American Diet is 60% carbohydrates.
    • Excessive carbohydrates can be converted into and stored as visceral fat.
    • Over consumption of carbohydrates can lead to glycation of proteins and hormones causing them to lose function.
    • Excessive carbohydrates can contribute to yeast overgrowth.
  3. Maintain healthy blood sugar levels
    • Alzheimer’s is now being called Type III Diabetes.
    • Monitor blood sugar levels with your doctor.
      • HgA1C < 5.4
      • Fasting Glucose 60-90
      • Fasting Insulin at 5 or <5
      • Leptin
      • Nutrient levels:  Magnesium, Zinc, Chromium, Vitamin D, B Vitamins (B12, B2, B3, B5)
  4. Exercise
    • More Muscle Mass = Less Disease
    • Muscle Mass = Better Blood Sugar Control
    • Movement promotes CSF (cerebral spinal fluid) circulation around the brain.  CSF delivers nutrients and carries wastes away from the brain.
      • Walking is one of the best ways to have CSF movement.
      • Take periodic breaks at work.
    • Movement leads to better lymphatic drainage, blood flow and better oxygenation to tissues.
    • High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)
      • Body weight activity (push-ups, squats, lunges, pull-ups, planks)
  5. Avoid brain wrecking medications and drugs
    • Statins
      • Cholesterol is needed to from brain synapses.  Statins block cholesterol synthesis.
      • Cholesterol below 150 can affect brain health (Alzheimer’s, Dementia, Depression, Suicidal Tendencies).
    • Metformin
      • Inhibits Vitamin B12 (myelin production)
      • Inhibits Folate (forms neurotransmitters, serotonin and dopamine)
      • CoQ10 (deficiency leads to cognitive decline)
    • Blood Pressure Medications
      • Inhibit CoQ10 production and uptake.
      • Causes magnesium loss, vitamin B1 loss, potassium and electrolyte loss.
    • Antacids
    • Antidepressants
      • SSRIs
        • Prevent serotonin levels from breaking down quickly and recirculating.
        • Dr. Kelly Brogan’s book, A Mind of Your Own, is a suggested and helpful read.
  6. Don’t eat grains
    • Grains cause brainflammation.  Read No Grain No Pain.
    • Gluten causes formation of gluten and neural antibodies.
    • Gluten causes leaky gut, which can lead to leaky brain.
    • Grains are contaminated with mold and mycotoxins.  Can create chronic sinusitis, infections, which can alter cortisol, adrenal, and thyroid levels.
    • Grains can alter the microbiome.
    • Grains are high in Omega 6 Fatty Acids.
    • Grain before it is processed can grow molds.

Following these 6 tips can help prevent brain deterioration.  Your doctor should be discussing diet changes along with detailed lifestyle changes to help avoid brain and neurological diseases, and maintain normal brain function.

 

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