If you want your brain to stay healthy and sharp, there are many things you can do as a part of a lifestyle to make this happen. There are also things that you can eliminate for prevention. As brain and neurological challenges become epidepic in our western culture, now is the time to do both with a sense of urgency.
Think about it, how many of us know someone who has been affected by a brain injury or a condition like Autism, ADHD, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s, ALS, Alzheimer’s, or Dementia? Or how many of us wish we could just focus better, improve our brain power, and protect ourselves from neurodegenerative diseases? Science has long proclaimed that the human body could not regenerate nerves once they are lost or damaged.
The science of the past was wrong! Luckily for us, our Innate Intelligence knew better all along!
Doctors of Chiropractic have known for over 100 years that the Nervous System is able to regenerate and have seen the results with their patients. The new, hot scientific term for this age-old truth is neuroplasticity, which is the brain’s ability to reorganize itself by forming new neural connections throughout life. We have included many research links on this topic for you to explore. Adopting this mindset and embracing this reality is important to ensure your optimum health and quality of life now and as you age.
One of the most interesting things that came from these experiments is the relationship between spine function and neuroplasticity. It was found that “chiropractic care, adjusting the spine to restore spinal function, actually changes the way the brain functions*.” By allowing the nervous system to be free from inhibition we allow it to function at its highest capability which is to be self-healing and self-organizing.
Spinal movement is vital to healthy brain function. This is why sitting has been labeled the new smoking causing unhealthy effects on the function of the brain and the entire nervous system. Kids should be encouraged to get out and play. Computer workers should set timers on their systems to remind them to get up and move every hour. Standing desks should be implemented. And seniors should be encouraged to walk and exercise on a regular basis. These are important “to do’s” along with regular chiropractic check ups.
There are nutritional ways to support neuroplasticity as well. As an example, research on a mushroom family known as Hericium, specifically Lions Mane, has shown that this is actually very possible. Lions mane contains Nerve Growth Factor (NGF) which has the ability to stimulate new nerve growth, protect our nerves, and is a building block in brain health. Lions mane also helps the body to build up new myelin around the nerves which provides insulation and faster communication.
With the advent of more and more neurological diseases now is the best time to start taking proactive measures for your brain’s health.
A few More Researched Benefits:
- Nootropic- boosting brain cognition and memory
- Lowering “Bad Cholesterol” LDL
- Raising “Good Cholesterol” HDL
- Protects against Gastric Ulcers
- Dissolves Amyloid Plaques in the brain- a leading cause of Alzheimer’s
- Helps relieve Diabetic Neuropathy pain
- Positively affect our Circadian Rhythms- our body’s internal clock.
Just like most things in life, this is not a quick fix. It will take a few weeks of continuous use to see the benefits. Adding this supplement to your routine along with Chiropractic lifestyle care can drastically improve the health of your brain and nervous system, ensuring you are living your 100 Year Lifestyle.
*. Haavik, Dr. Heidi. The Reality Check.
This article is provided by Gard Wellness Center your 100 Year Lifestyle Affiliate Chiropractor in Cary NC