Did you know that common environmental toxins can wreak havoc on your brain? Everything from food additives to pollution, chemicals, fragrances, and mold to name a few. When we speak of detox, the liver and kidneys are often the first to come to mind, but it's important to consider how these toxins may be affecting your brain.
"Neurotoxicity occurs when the exposure to natural or manmade toxic substances (neurotoxicants) alters the normal activity of the nervous system. This can eventually disrupt or even kill neurons, key cells that transmit and process signals in the brain and other parts of
the nervous system. Neurotoxicity can result from exposure to substances used in chemotherapy, radiation treatment, drug therapies, and organ transplants, as well as exposure to heavy metals such as lead and mercury, certain foods and food additives, pesticides, industrial and/or cleaning solvents, cosmetics, and some naturally occurring substances. Symptoms may appear immediately after exposure or be delayed. They may include limb weakness or numbness; loss of memory, vision, and/or intellect; headache; cognitive and behavioral problems; and sexual dysfunction. Individuals with certain disorders may be especially vulnerable to neurotoxicants." - National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
If you have chemical sensitivity (MCS) you may be especially susceptible to the symptoms of neurotoxicity. In addition, prolonged toxicity however can lead to neurodegenerative changes in the brain. Focusing on detoxing your brain can be help to prevent dementia, Alzheimers, Parkinson's disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, and Multiple Sclerosis. Prioritizing your brain health can go a long way toward preventing neurodegenerative changes and help you function at your best every day.
Here's my top 3 brain healthy tips for optimal brain function:
When it comes to brain healthy foods, always go for the organically grown, local foods. The effects of freshly grown, locally sourced organic foods has a tremendous benefit. "To regenerate brain tissue, foods that have a high electromagnetic charge should be consumed...Foods that are freshly picked from nature and uncooked will provide the highest amount of electromagnetic energy, that will, in turn, be transferred to your body and cells. This energy will help the brain detoxify. Foods high in electromagnetic energy: Fresh fruits, especially - berries and melons." - Biotics Research
One of the simplest and best things you can do for your brain is get a good nights sleep. Ideally you should aim for 7-8 hours of sleep per night. When you sleep, your brain does most of the work for you. "Sleeping is the most efficient method of detoxifying the brain. While we sleep, cerebrospinal fluid floods the brain, removing cellular waste and toxins. Brain cells shrink as the interstitial space increases by 60%. This process enhances the removal of β-amyloid plaques and other toxic compounds from the brain." - Biotics Research
Your brain is approximately 75% water. Given the role of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in detoxing your brain, staying properly hydrated is even more important. Even mild dehydration can cause changes memory, concentration, and mood. Proper hydration keeps you energized, and functioning at your best.
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