“The doctor of the future will no longer treat the human frame with drugs, but rather will cure and prevent disease with nutrition.” ~ Thomas Edison
- Experiencing brain fog
- Frustrated Easily
- Noticing focusing/attention issues
- Lacking concentration
- Feeling “moody”
Did you know that your brain and your gut are intricately linked and both are essentially your “nervous system”?
A healthy body can lead to a healthy brain and the brain also provides input back to the body. It is difficult to have a healthy body and healthy brain if your gastrointestinal system is not working properly. For a healthy brain you also start with healthy nutrition. With a damaged gut lining, even if you are making changes and working to eat healthy food, it is difficult to take in nutrients efficiently. The first step is healing any intestinal damage to make lasting change.
The lack of Prozac is not the reason for depression, in some cases it goes back to the function of the intestines and nutrients. We often compensate by taking in sugar, caffeine, or other drugs but these lead to further damage of the intestinal lining and this leakage across the intestinal barrier can create inflammation in other parts of the body. Inflammation of the gut can lead to inflammation of the brain and resulting cognitive symptoms.
As researchers are demonstrating, Alzheimer’s is being described as Type III diabetes and this is thought to do with the gastrointestinal system and the connection with metabolic function. Dale Bredesen, a well-known Alzheimer’s researcher, has developed a protocol and evaluated 36 different ways that the brain can be altered by dysfunction of physiological processes. While not a ‘cure’, he is showing slowing of the process and for some, improvements through lifestyle changes.
Most of us have less dramatic neurologic concerns, but by using the Functional Medicine approach we can test and work to correct the body systems, especially those related to the stress response, your gut health, and toxic stressors. Mysaic Medical uses the Living Matrix health questionnaire and history to provide an initial evaluation on potential causes of your cognitive concerns. Lab testing can further examine potential causes and evaluate your nutrition status. There are lifestyle factors that can help to improve neurological function and may help protect the brain from experiencing greater cognitive decline. Lifestyle changes can be evaluated and programs discussed, focusing on healing the gut using the Functional Medicine 5R process, and supplemental recommendations to heal and improve your intestines along with your cognitive function. Together we can work on your My~Brain Program to change these brain symptoms and, if desired, work towards a My~Wellness Program to help you maintain optimal wellness.