Brain Degeneration prevention and treatment

Brain degeneration

The latest statistic is that 45 million people worldwide are affected by some diagnosed version of a degenerative brain disease. These often include Alzheimers disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Huntington disease, Parkinsons and many others.

The problem with this low number is that this is the confirmed diagnosis cases only. This does not include all those cases of brain fog, poor memory, mood swings (non hormonal), sluggishness, insomnia, etc. These are all common symptoms of brain deregulation occurring.

There are many estimations indicating that the real number of people that suffer from brain degeneration can be up to 10x that number. As you read through this page just make a mental note to yourself how many of these symptoms you may have, however slight they may be.
Our current healthcare system has come a long way in helping us live longer lives. But living longer lives doesn’t always translate into living better lives. Many patients over the age of 50 are not living well due to progressed brain degeneration.

There are many different parts of the brain, and each area is involved with different functions. When there is degeneration in certain areas we develop certain “conditions”.

Below I will highlight the main areas of the brain and some of the most common signs and symptoms that clients often present with.

Frontal Lobe
Degeneration

  • Dreased amplitude of slow movements
  • Depression
  • Mental sluggishness and laziness
  • Poor Muscle control
  • Poor Social behavior and judgement
  • Poor handwriting
  • Poor cognitive function
  • Poor cognitive learning, such as math, language, philosophy
  • Poor Muscle coordination

Occipital Lobe Degeneration

  • Difficulty recognizing shapes, colors, motion
  • Halluinations
  • Visual floaters
  • Image persistence after it is no linger there

Temporal Lobe Degeneration

  • Poor memory
  • Difficulty hearing background noise
  • Episodes of Tinnitus
  • Abnormal shifts of fatigue throughout the day
  • Ongoing episodes of insomnia

Cerebellar Degeneration

  • A couple beats of shakiness at the end of a movement
  • Being a “cheap date” can be a sign of pro cerebellar health - your brain can’t take any alcohol
  • Dizziness
  • Vertigo
  • Car sickness
  • Poor balance

Hippocampus Degeneration

  • Circadian rhythm
  • Sleep wake cycle
  • responsible for healthy energy in the AM and relaxed state at night
  • insomnia
  • irritability in the AM
  • Crashing in the afternoon

Parietal Lobe Degeneration

  • Feeling unstable in darkness or with thick shoes on
  • Misjudging where your body is in relation to your environment
  • Unable to recognize objects through touch
  • Difficulty perceiving where your limbs are

The Amazing Brain

The brain is an amazing piece of machinery. It literally controls everything in our body. We often hear or talk about how many brain neurons we lose everyday or when we do certain things. While the number of neurons is important, it is not the sole determining factor of brain health. What is more important that how many neurons you have is how well they communicate with each other. This is often referred to as brain plasticity. In order to maintain brain plasticity you need to be a scholar or athlete, or both.

Many times the issue that many people have with brain degeneration is that it happens so slowly and it happens to us, that we often don’t realize whats happening. Sometimes its too late.
When dealing with brain degeneration and many of the symptoms that often accompany this slow killer, there are many different causes and contributing factors that must be addressed. Each different area comes back to the basic rule that the brain needs 3 different things to be healthy and maintain plasticity.

1. Oxygen
2. Glucose
3. Stimulation
Maintaining proper oxygenation level to the brain isn’t always as easy as what is seems. It can be affected by many different things including circulation problems, certain autoimmune disease can contribute to reduced circulation. Not to mention bad lipid levels in the blood, muscle tone, heart health, high blood pressure, low blood pressure, anemia, and many other issues. The point is that the entire body must be considered when looking to address the issue of brain degeneration.

There are many different products that we can recommend that will help increase oxygenation to the brain. Whether its through increasing circulation, optimizing circulation, increasing oxygen capacity of the blood or increasing perfusion of oxygen from the blood to the brain.
There is no such thing as brain food. The only “food” that the brain uses is glucose.

That being said there are certain foods that can act in a beneficial way to increase one or more of these 3 aspects of brain health.

Alzheimers is often referred to as type 3 diabetes. This is because glucose is so important for brain function. In diabetics the body is already not properly utilizing glucose and the brain is one of the most sensitive organs to glucose dysfunction. Glucose is the only form of energy that the brain uses. There are many reason why the brain may not be getting enough glucose but being a diabetic or on your way to being a diabetic is one of the most common causes. In every single client that our office sees we will address glucose metabolism and utilization in order to optimize proper brain function.

Some of the main approaches to dealing with this imbalance includes optimizing diet and supplementation with neutracueticals that increase glucose utilization, insulin production and utilization. There are many routes that we can take to improve the function of the brain through proper glucose control.
Brain Stimulation is a very broad term. It includes anything from actual stimulation such as reading, learning or playing a game, to athletic activities.

But just as importantly it includes stimulation through neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitters are those little chemicals that allow each neuron to communicate with each other. It is when these transmitter get out of balance that we can experience many of the symptoms of brain degeneration such as anxiety, depression and mood swings.

By looking at each persons set of symptoms we can assess what areas of the brain may be degenerating and what neurotransmitter may be out of balance. Knowing this information we can correctly assess where we need to look at balancing the body and where you might need support.

With this aspect of the brain the saying “use it or lose it” is very true.
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