Brain Health 

From early development, through the ages

Are you (or a loved one - kids, parents) struggling with brain health? Focus and memory issues are often connected to mood fluctuations. These may be signs of a deeper dysfunction.

In kids, consider: 

  • nutrition

  • ADHD,

  • autism,

  • other genetic, neurobehavioural and developmental issues

In adults, consider:

  • environment: chronic stress, sleep deprivation, diet, medications, toxicity

  • traumatic brain injury (concussion - kids too),

  • multiple sclerosis,

  • mild cognitive impairment, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease and other dementias.

 

In almost all cases above, the brain is battling inflammation which is triggering negative effects (read more below). Let's support your brain health now.

Inflammation in your brain

An inflamed brain can play a role in many conditions, including:

  • anxiety/depression,

  • autism, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD),

  • dementia (including Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease),

  • multiple sclerosis / other autoimmune conditions,

  • traumatic brain injuries (concussions, etc). 

Signs of brain inflammation include:

  • brain fog,

  • memory and concentration problems,

  • headaches,

  • dizziness,

  • fatigue,

  • poor impulse control,

  • aggression / mood swings,

  • anxiety / depression.

Learn anti-inflammatory diet tips you can start today.

Digestive health impacts the brain

Not only can the brain affect your gut (such as anxiety leading to nausea, or depression leading to increased or decreased appetite), but your gut can affect your brain.

 

To heal a leaky, inflamed brain, we must also assess and heal any leaky, inflamed digestive system - think leaky gut, SIBO, parasites, bacterial dysbiosis, fungal overgrowth, etc. Digestive conditions usually have a trigger, such as having used antibiotics frequently for a period of time or having travelled/lived overseas in less sanitary conditions. Together with genetics and diet, the gut flora can become out of balance and leak toxins into the body instead of excreting them. These toxins create inflammation throughout the body and can accumulate in the brain.

Energy for your brain

Your mitochondria are the energy powerhouses of your cells. Your body needs your mitochondria to be functioning well to feel energized and clear-headed. 

Quality sleep is the most important tool we have to help with this re-energization process.

 

Genetics also impact mitochondrial health, in which case supplements can be used strategically to improve mitochondrial function and your brain health. Your mitochondria are also susceptible to degradation due to: infections, environmental toxicity (heavy metals, pesticides, plastics, solvents) and dietary triggers.