Nobody cares about your brain as much as you should. One thing I’ve learned after many hours of speaking to patients, and expert educational presentations on brain care, is that many alarming signs of brain degeneration are commonly blamed on “aging” and “senior moments.”
Most people don’t realize brain degeneration doesn’t just happen to the elderly: The causes of dementia start in the brain 30 to 50 years before symptoms appear. In fact, many people begin showing signs in their 30s and 40s, some even in their 20s.
Health care practitioners — both conventional and alternative — typically don’t address brain degeneration until it’s too late and the damage is irreversible. After all, that’s when the telltale signs of dementia are most apparent. As a result, many otherwise bright, motivated people struggle to accomplish the bare minimum each day. They are filled with remorse because they can barely meet their children’s needs, they sleepwalk through their prime years, or they burn through their life savings in search of a doctor who can help them.
The good news is you can slow or even prevent early brain degeneration.
It’s important to be aware of common factors that inflame and degenerate the brain too quickly, raising your risk not only for depression and exhaustion, but also for neurological autoimmunity, dementia, and Alzheimer’s:
• Chronically high and low blood sugar – this is KEY for dementia and also heart disease
• Unhealthy fats and processed foods
• Foods that trigger inflammation (gluten and dairy are the most notorious)
• Chemical sensitivities
• High stress and toxic lifestyles
• Leaky gut
• Hormonal imbalances and deficiencies
• Chronic infections
If you know your brain isn’t working right, this is a sign and you still have the power to make positive changes in your brain health. When a person loses awareness of their own brain function, it’s difficult for them to find the motivation to do anything that can improve their brain health.
Please take this seriously. Contact me if you need help cleaning up your daily nutrition to help support a healthy brain and heart.