Food for Thought: Nutrition and Brain Health

Food for Thought: Nutrition and Brain Health


Hey everyone! so I recently did a
presentation for Andrea Nakayama’s
holistic nutrition lab
and it was such a great experience. Near
the end of it I got a question I often
get when presenting about
recovery
“why is it that you, a brain injury survivor,
are so interested in nutrition?” Here are
three major reasons why you should care
about nutrition
if you care about your brain.
numero uno! the brain is about this big
it consists of about 2 percent of the weight of the human body, yet
it consumes over a quarter of the
calories in the food you eat.
That’s pretty significant. So the kind of
calories you eat
certainly affect the brain. For example, at
least 60 percent
of the weight of the dry matter the human
brain is lipid,
and eating healthy fats has been
demonstrated to be very important for
brain development
in fact, when young children are
developing they’re not to be deprived of
healthy fats because of fat’s pivotal role
in the developing brain and nervous system. And when you’re dealing with something
like a brain injury or neurological
condition,
you rewiring, you re-learning,
redeveloping,
your brain. Number two:
inflammation anywhere in the body results
in production what are known as cytokines,
which are basically chemical messengers
that signal a body to inflame the area.
now studies show that the cytokines are
able to cross the
blood-brain barrier.
which could potentially signal
inflammation of the brain.
and that brings us right back to digestion is that
the gut
is often a primary source of
inflammation.
so when looking at overall health and
brain health,
we can’t take digestion for granted.

3, not only does the digestion of food
affect the brain, but the brain affects
the digestion of food.
this is known as the gut-brain axis: if
brain health is compromised,
digestive health is compromised. If
digestive health is compromised,
brain health is compromised, and it can create a
vicious cycle.
in fact a brilliant doctor once asked me
“what was the most effective treatment you did for your brain?”
and
to this day
even though I didn’t have digestive
symptoms
I’m pretty sure healing my gut was a
major contributor
to healing my brain. It wasn’t until doing
so that I began to regain a lot of clarity
and escape brain fog that I had been in
since my brain injury. The brain’s such
unique and complex organ seemingly
totally separate from the gut and digestion
but when we’re talking about recovery or development,
nutrition plays such a huge role!
agai, if you’d like more information check out
my recovery blog at “AdventuresinBrainInjury.com”
Alright that’s
all for now guys thanks for watching
and as always thank you for your
comments and questions
stay happy stay healthy stay awesome!

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