Are You Causing Brain Inflammation?
Brain inflammation is a serious problem that is impacting a large percentage of our society. The brain and neurological tissue are extremely sensitive regions of the body that are highly susceptible to damage. One of the ways that our body protects itself from the threat of infection is through an immune process called inflammation. When inflammation effects the brain it can do some serious damage. In this article, you will discover if you are causing brain inflammation with your lifestyle activities.
There are many things that throw off our immune balance and lead to chronic inflammation that can seep into our neurological tissue and cause problems. Our culture is loaded with brain poison. Some of the most damaging brain poisons include the protein gluten, unfermented soy, blood sugar imbalances, poor posture, & a sedentary lifestyle.
One of the most common nutritional/toxicity issues in our society today deals with the common protein found in wheat, barley, rye, oats, kamut, & spelt. Many people in our society have a gluten sensitivity. When they are exposed to gluten there body has differing degrees of inflammatory responses. Some individuals have mild reactions associated with brain inflammation while others have severe reactions.
The most vulnerable tissue to the inflammatory cascade in response to gluten is the brain & nervous system. The immune molecules that are secreted (cytokines) destroy brain tissue and cause massive neurological damage. The most common symptom associated with this reaction is “brain fog,” memory problems, and mental fatigue (1, 2, 3).
One of soy’s primary isoflavones, genistein, has been shown to inhibit the enzyme tyrosine kinase in the brain. The highest amounts of tyrosine kinases are found in the hippocampus, a brain region that is essential to learning & memory. High soy consumption actually blocks this mechanism of memory formation (4, 5).
Several studies have associated high intakes of tofu and other unfermented soy products to increased risk of dementia and cognitive impairments (5, 6, 7) . On the flip side, fermented soy products such as tempeh are associated with greater cognitive abilities.
Researchers hypothesize that this is due to the deep fermentation process removing enzyme inhibitors and phytoestrogens. In addition, this process increases folate, which is a critical nutrient for brain and nervous system function.
Blood Sugar Imbalance:
The brain depends on a continual supply of glucose for energy. A 2003 study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that people’s memory is harmed by poor blood sugar metabolism (8).
The slower the sugar metabolism in the body, the less fuel is available for the brain to store memories. Stable blood sugar levels are critical for healthy brain and neuronal cells that fire quickly and efficiently. Abnormal blood sugar levels also cause neuronal damage and weaken the protective blood-brain barrier. This makes for easy passage of different toxins and other particles that will disrupt brain function and cause increased levels of brain inflammation.
A mechanism for Alzheimer’s disease is that of poor blood sugar metabolism. This pre-diabetic disorder opens the door in the blood brain barrier for toxic aluminum particles to cross-over and accumulate in the sensitive regions of the temporal lobe (9, 10, 11).
Sedentary Living & Poor Posture:
The brain depends on oxygen and activation from muscle and joint receptors on a continual basis. A lack of motion equals a lack of oxygen generating energy getting up into the brain. Research has also shown that a sedentary lifestyle impairs the brain’s ability to self-repair by reducing serum IGF-1 levels (12).
Poor posture and subluxated spinal vertebrae cause spinal joint receptors to fire abnormal, corrupted feedback patterns into the brain (13). This causes further brain-body feedback problems and disrupted movement patterns in the body. Chronically poor posture is one of the most detrimental factors for brain function and increases brain inflammation. Here are 5 easy exercises to do regularly to improve your posture.
Anxiety Summit: Gut-Brain Axis:
ANXIETY has become the defining mental health issue of our decade — with or without a diagnosis — women are affected at twice the rate of men, and more children and young adults are now stressed and anxious more than ever before. Join us to learn nutritional solutions!
Anxiety is your body’s natural response to a threat. However, more people than ever before find themselves far-too-frequently in a state of chronic stress and anxiety. To make it worse, most have no idea there are options other than drugs to address it.
They’re NEVER told that poor gut-health could be a root cause, instead they continue thinking their anxiety is much TOO SEVERE for nutrition to be the solution — this potential root cause MUST be explored, join me to learn why!
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● Food sensitivities, IBS/SIBO, parasites or gallbladder issues
● Constipation, diarrhea, bloating, gas, pain and other digestive issues
● Leaky gut, a leaky blood-brain barrier or vagus nerve issues
● Loved ones or clients/patients with any of the above issues
It’s time to learn all the ways poor gut health could trigger anxiety. With research-based solutions and practical steps, you can determine your root causes, ease your anxiety and prevent it from coming back so you can feel on top of the world again!
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Your host is Food Mood Expert and certified nutritionist Trudy Scott. She is the author of The Antianxiety Food Solution and she educates anxious individuals about nutritional solutions for anxiety. This is her fifth Anxiety Summit, featuring all new topics and the latest research related to the gut-brain axis.
You’ll often hear that “all disease begins in the gut,” and it’s true that gut issues are often a root cause of anxiety. In fact, addressing gut health is part of the growing field of nutritional psychiatry. Trudy has interviewed amazing practitioners, who will share their gut-brain solutions, such as:
+ The magic of the microbiome
+ Importance of bile quality
+ Vagus nerve activation for gut/brain health, methylation and B12 polymorphisms
+ The role of GABA and tryptophan
+ How collagen can actually increase anxiety in some individuals
+ And so much more!
At The Anxiety Summit, you’ll hear from experts on parasites, mitochondrial health, a compound called PQQ and much more. One of the fabulous things about Trudy is that she’s a research geek, so she will always discuss the research as well as the practical aspects, like how to use a castor oil pack and how to make delicious herbal teas to improve your digestion.
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