Are You Causing Brain Inflammation with Your Lifestyle?

  • FDA Disclaimer
    The information on this website has not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration or any other medical body. We do not aim to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any illness or disease. Information is shared for educational purposes only. Learn More
  • Affliliate Disclosure
    In compliance with the FTC guidelines, please assume the following about links and posts on this site: Many of the links on DrJockers.com are affiliate links of which I receive a small commission from sales of certain items, but the price is the same for you. If I post an affiliate link to a product, it is something that I personally use, support and would recommend without an affiliate link. Learn More
  • Privacy Policy
    Please read the Privacy Policy carefully before you start to use DrJockers.com. By using DrJockers.com or by clicking to accept or agree to Terms of Use when this option is made available to you, you accept and agree to be bound and abide by the Privacy Policy. Learn More
brain inflammation, Are You Causing Brain Inflammation with Your Lifestyle?

brain inflammation, Are You Causing Brain Inflammation with Your Lifestyle?

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.

brain inflammation, Are You Causing Brain Inflammation with Your Lifestyle?

Gluten Sensitivity:

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).

brain inflammation, Are You Causing Brain Inflammation with Your Lifestyle?

Unfermented Soy:

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.

brain inflammation, Are You Causing Brain Inflammation with Your Lifestyle?

brain inflammation, Are You Causing Brain Inflammation with Your Lifestyle?

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).

brain inflammation, Are You Causing Brain Inflammation with Your Lifestyle?

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.

brain inflammation, Are You Causing Brain Inflammation with Your Lifestyle?

brain inflammation, Are You Causing Brain Inflammation with Your Lifestyle?

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!

—>>Click here to join me at The Anxiety Summit (free & online)!

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!

brain inflammation, Are You Causing Brain Inflammation with Your Lifestyle?

I encourage you to register for this health event, especially if you have:

● Anxiety and feel overwhelmed and stressed by little things
● Panic attacks and/or obsessive thoughts or behaviors
● Social anxiety/pyroluria
● Phobias or fears (flying, spiders or even driving on a highway)
● 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!

You will also want to hear my presentation on Fasting for Anxiety and Gut Health.  —>>Click here to join me at The Anxiety Summit (free & online)!

brain inflammation, Are You Causing Brain Inflammation with Your Lifestyle?

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.

We hope you’ll join us so please take a moment to register for this free event now!

brain inflammation, Are You Causing Brain Inflammation with Your Lifestyle?

Sources For This Article Include:

1. Gorelick PB. Role of inflammation in cognitive impairment: results of observational epidemiological studies and clinical trials. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2010 Oct;1207:155-62. PMID: 20955439
2. Daulatzai MA. Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity Triggers Gut Dysbiosis, Neuroinflammation, Gut-Brain Axis Dysfunction, and Vulnerability for Dementia. CNS Neurol Disord Drug Targets. 2015 Feb 2. PMID: 25642988
3. Versino M, Biagi F, Bianchi PI, Zardini E, Colnaghi S, Moglia A, Corazza GR, Franciotta D. Gluten sensitivity and the CNS: diagnosis and treatment. Lancet Neurol. 2010 Jul;9(7):653. PMID: 20610340
4. Harvey PA, Leinwand LA. Dietary phytoestrogens present in soy dramatically increase cardiotoxicity in male mice receiving a chemotherapeutic tyrosine kinase inhibitor. Mol Cell Endocrinol. 2015 Jan 5;399:330-5. PMID: 25458703
5. Hogervorst E, Sadjimim T, Yesufu A, Kreager P, Rahardjo TB. High tofu intake is associated with worse memory in elderly Indonesian men and women. Dement Geriatr Cogn Disord. 2008;26(1):50-7. PMID: 18583909
6. Xu X, Xiao S, Rahardjo TB, Hogervorst E. Tofu intake is associated with poor cognitive performance among community-dwelling elderly in China. J Alzheimers Dis. 2015;43(2):669-75. PMID: 25114086
7. Roccisano D, Henneberg M, Saniotis A. A possible cause of Alzheimer’s dementia – industrial soy foods. Med Hypotheses. 2014 Mar;82(3):250-4. PMID: 24440006
8. Anson RM, Guo Z, de Cabo R, et al. Intermittent fasting dissociates beneficial effects of dietary restriction on glucose metabolism and neuronal resistance to injury from calorie intake. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 2003;100(10):6216-6220.
9. Iadecola C. Sugar and Alzheimer’s disease: a bittersweet truth. Nat Neurosci. 2015 Mar 26;18(4):477-8. PMID: 25811474
10. Moreira PI. High-sugar diets, type 2 diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease. Curr Opin Clin Nutr Metab Care. 2013 Jul;16(4):440-5. PMID: 23657152
11. Moreira PI. Alzheimer’s disease and diabetes: an integrative view of the role of mitochondria, oxidative stress, and insulin. J Alzheimers Dis. 2012;30 Suppl 2:S199-215. PMID: 22269163
12. Trejo JL, Carro E, Nuñez A, Torres-Aleman I. Sedentary life impairs self-reparative processes in the brain: the role of serum insulin-like growth factor-I. Rev Neurosci. 2002;13(4):365-74. PMID: 12542262
13. Proprioceptive input resets central locomotor rhythm in the spinal cat. Experimental Brain Research November 1987, Volume 68, Issue 3

brain inflammation, Are You Causing Brain Inflammation with Your Lifestyle?

Was this article helpful?
YesNo

Let’s Improve Your Health Today!

When You Register For Free Today You Get Instant Access To:

  • Digestion and Energy Quickstart Guide
  • 10 Fat Burning Dessert Recipes
  • Premium Digital Newsletter
brain inflammation, Are You Causing Brain Inflammation with Your Lifestyle?

Comments

comments

Comments

  1. Dr. Jockers, I was reading the ingredients in Bread for Life Sprouted Grain Tortillas and one of the listed ingredients is Organic Sprouted Soybeans? Can you please shed some light on this and if it is ok to use and why? I would think it isn’t but I am not sure. Thanks so much. I love your site and everything I am learning from you.

        1. Not necessarily, there is evidence that fermented soy removes enzyme inhibitors and can have positive health benefits. For some, they are sensitive to free glutamates (which is soy is very high in) and others are sensitive to soy. For those I would not recommend soy, however, most seem to benefit from fermented soy consumption.

          1. If you are not dealing with any health issues and it is fully fermented then it can be okay. I would go with heirloom (non-gmo) wheat and ferment it yourself. Some people would likely not tolerate it either way so just be weary of how your body responds to it.

  2. Seriously, how can one relax, be at ease and eat even if you say no to Organic Soy or Sprouted Grains? Wonder how come there is such pickiness when even regular breads are avoided and I usually hear in various sources that Sprouted Grains are healthy. Plus, I am sure you realize that many people are vegan due to their religion, customs and health issues.

    Sam

    1. Sam,

      Unfortunately, these foods can often cause health problems. Some can tolerate them better than others but I wouldn’t consider them health foods. I would stick with a coconut flour bread or an Einkorn wheat bread and feremnted soy if I was to use those. It is harder to be healthy as a vegan but it can be done.

  3. I have removed all grains, dairy and only eat organic produce and chicken. But I still suffer from hand pains that come mostly in evenings. I have good days and horrible days. I cannot place it to any food sensitivity. Have not lost any weight whatsoever. It has been going on for 7 years. My husband lost 100 pounds and I nothing. I just diagnosed my self with diastasis recti. My belly is really out there. I literaly look like i am 6-9 months pregnant. Do you think this has something to do with my hand pains and lack of weigh loss? I am about 45 pounds overweight. I feel a mess.

    1. Have your doctor do a complete thyroid panel. All those symptoms can be due to hypothyroidism. In the US, this is usually an autoimmune condition called Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. You may need to be on thyroid hormones. Go to thyroid.about.com for more information. Another resource is stopthethyroidmadness.com

  4. Dr I read that “Cancer cells use two major fuels, they use glucose and they use glutamine. Of the two, glutamine is the more powerful stimulant for cancer cell growth.”

    That is a powerful stimulant for degenerative brain disorders, a powerful stimulant for cancer growth. You don’t want to do that. There’s a lot better ways to repair the GI tract—they work better and safer and actually inhibit cancer.

    1. I disagree with this Elizabeth. The research is behind L-glutamine as a great support to our health. In individuals who have fast cancer growth, the danger is that L-glutamine can be converted into sugar through gluconeogensis. So it is a sugar converter in individuals with alterted and distorted mitochondrial metabolism. For individuals who do not respond well to it neurologically, it is due to an inability to convert glutamic acid to GABA. This process depends upon B vitamins (especially B6), zinc and taurine. Many people are deficient in these.

      Additionally, if an individual has glutamic acid decarboxylase (an enzyme) antibodies, the body destroys the enzyme that converts glutamic acid to GABA. These are the things a good clinician watches out for and that is why we begin slowly and work our way up with L-glutamine.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.