Stress… The Brain Killer

We all know stress is bad for us, but understanding how it works can give us insight into how to reverse its effects.

Cortisol over production (due to stress) leads to; insulin resistance, weight gain, osteoporosis, digestive problems, and diminished DHEA and thyroid levels.

Cortisol over production also suppresses Serotonin (calming neurotransmitter) and and BDNF (brain-derived neurotrophic factor) — both are integral in forming new brain cells.

It can also damage the hippocampus (memory center) and collects in amygdala, the fear center of the brain. Stress creates more neural connections in this part of your brain, which makes you more fearful thus causing more stress.

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So the question is, what is at the core of your elevated stress level? Is it an emotion that’s trapped in your body creating repetitive thoughts? Is it a hormonal imbalance? If so, why? Is there a toxicity, an estrogen disruptor that’s creating the imbalance?

These are questions that I like to provide answers for. Call the office today and see if we can help!

Why it pays to read labels.. #3

Sucralose

While the affects of aspartame have been well-publicized, those of the artificial sweetener sucralose are not as well known. Sucralose is marketed as Splenda whose ads say “made from sugar so it tastes like sugar”.

What the ads don’t tell you is that sucralose is sugar bonded to chlorine, making it a toxic chlorocarbon!

Some common neurological side effects are headaches, migraines, dizziness, brain fog, anxiety, depression, and tinnitus. Another side effect is weight gain which rather defeats the point!

Sucralose prevents nutrient absorption and reduces the amount of good bacteria in your intestines by 50%. This leads to an overabundance of bad bacteria which has numerous negative affects on your brain including damage to the hippocampus, the part of the brain where memory is stored.

Are you experiencing neurological dysfunction, like the symptoms listed above? We can help with the detoxifying and repair process, call our office to find out how!

Why it pays to read labels.. #2

Aluminum

Aluminum is an additive in baking powder and anti-caking agents, but it is used as much more than just a food ingredient. It is the most abundant metal in the the earth’s crust so is hard to avoid. It’s in drinking water, antacids, deodorant, cans, foil, and is commonly used in cookware.

Aluminum is suspected of contributing to Alzheimer’s. In the 1970′s, autopsies revealed that people that had Alzheimer’s had a larger than normal concentration of aluminum in the brain. This understandably began a scare that aluminum was the cause of Alzheimer’s.

Many people consequently stopped using aluminum cookware. This soft metal leeches into food especially when cooking acidic foods like tomato, lemon, or vinegar.

Stainless steel is the better cookware choice. It is more durable, scratch-resistant, and less reactive than aluminum. It’s easier to keep looking good for the long haul, too.

You can also find aluminum-free deodorants, baking powder and antacids. You can cook on parchment paper instead of foil. But is all this necessary?

Scientific proof can come slowly. It’s been 40 years since the aluminum-Alzheimer’s correlation was made, but science has still not determined for certain whether ingesting aluminum contributes to this disease for sure. But since it is a known neurotoxin, it only makes sense to minimize your exposure.

Avoiding these five chemicals is not that difficult. There are healthy alternatives, so you can reduce exposure with little effort. Taking action will help you reduce exposure to brain toxins, a key factor in keeping your brain mentally sharp for a lifetime.

Becoming aware of what’s in your diet is the first and most important step to take to remove toxicities we’re exposed to. Flushing toxins out of your system to prevent further damage and repairing damage that’s already been done is where we come in. Call our office to see how we can help!

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