Oxygen – without a constant supply of oxygenated blood, your brain cannot function properly and begins to shut down.
Glucose – your brain requires just the right amount of blood sugar (glucose) to feed its high metabolic demands. Too much glucose and it forms advanced glycation end products (AGEs) which have been linked to diabetes, Alzheimer’s and cognitive decline. Too little glucose (hypoglycemia) and you feel very lethargic and can’t concentrate.
Movement – your brain requires constant feedback and stimulation in the form of movement. Without constant feedback from all your muscles, tendons, ligaments, etc., your brain literally starts to shrink! That’s right, the more you sit, the smaller your grey matter gets. The good news – it grows when you move, dance and learn new things.
Movement is the kinetic energy that drives the brain, helping to create the electrical and chemical signals it uses for all communication.
The structural integrity and movement of the body is of vital importance in brain health. Mechanoreceptor in the joints and soft tissues, particularly those of the spine and the TMJ, allow the brain to orientate itself in space.
Brain and Memory care in our office always involves a thorough evaluation of your central nervous system, and a plan to improve its ability to orient you to gravity and your surroundings. We utilize specific brain balancing exercises and protocols to improve brain function, and to improve how certain areas of the brain fire to, and coordinates with the rest of the brain including the cortex and brainstem.
Avoid foods that increase inflammation such as sugar, processed foods, refined oils, refined carbohydrates, conventional dairy products and conventional meats. When choosing animal proteins, always go for the healthiest options including grass fed beef, pasture-raised eggs, hormone and antibiotic-free poultry and wild fish.
Consumption of greens like spinach, kale, collard green, arugula and watercress, as well as cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower help with hormone metabolism, and provide large amounts of phytonutrients, vitamins and minerals necessary for brain health and recovery.
Brain problems can be scary and you are not alone. Here at The Center For Functional Medicine, we are here to serve you every step of the way.