September 2016 \\ Brain injuries
(The brain is extremely complex and there is still a lot to be explored about it.) Brain injuries is (also) a very complex area as no injuries are exactly alike. But one thing is for sure - the right "brain food" has helped my own brain function to recover in the best way possible after the injuriy.
Mangler overgang ellers droppe første afsnit SE FORSLAG OVENFOR
(TÆNKER OM VI SKAL HAVE SÅ MEGET FOKUS PÅ STRESS HER?) Stress in the brain releases cytokines, which will prompt the immune system to kick in and fight back against. This is done through inflammation - as though stress is an infection. If chronic stress there will be a chronic inflammation. While inflammation helps protect us against illnesses and repairs the body when you do something like cut yourself, chronic inflammation is different.
Immune system fighting Inflammation
Risk of chronic inflammation
It is commonly accepted that inflammatory conditions in the brain can lead to increased stress and that a stressed brain is not functioning well leading to cognitive challenges and diseases/conditions such as memory loss, poor concentration, ADD/ADHD, lethargy, confusion and even Alzheimer’s disease.
MÅSKE BARE STARTE DEN HER? Hemoglobin is the key component of the blood, which is needed for the transportation of oxygen. For example, if oxygen levels in the blood are high, the working capacity or the brain and its cells are high. If the oxygen levels of the blood are low, the working capacity of the brain and its cells are low which can potentially result in the above mentioned mental and cognitive challenges. NOGET MED "therefore oxygen levels need to be high. These level can be increased with food."
The recent years it has become more accepted by researchers that our nutrition can impact our brain function and have a positive impact on diseases deriving from the brain. A recent study even shows that 60% of kids diagnosed with ADHD could drop their medicine (Ritalin, which has similarities to cocain) if they were eating proper food. (Source: http://videnskab.dk/krop-sundhed/oprab-drop-adhd-medicin-og-kig-pa-kosten)
The nutrition which is most beneficial for improving damages after a brain injury is very similar to the nutrition recommended for preventing and fighting other diseases like alzheimer and cancer. You need to think alkaline and anti-inflammatory. (link)
Also the fatty oils like flaxseed oil and olive oils seem to be essential to strengthen the brain and there are several studies which show a link between fatty oils and increased cognitive functions as well as better mood.
There are a few foods other foods and supplements which have proved to help the brain recover from brain injuries:
Curcumin is isolated from the curry spice turmeric. Interestingly, it has been purported that the prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease in India among the elderly between 70 and 79 years of age is four-fold less than those in the United States. It’s believed that the curry in Indian food may account for this difference.*
which contains phosphatidylcholine, a precursor for the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, which has a positive effect on brain and memory functions
it contains 25 times the iron content and absorption of spinach which increase the hemoglobin levels leading to better oxidation of the blood and the brain.
High in Folate and a neurotransmitter
HVAD MED RØDBEDE OG KOKOSOLIE?
HAR VI NOGET MERE MED HVAD DER SKAL OVERORDNET TIL FOR AT FORBEDRE HJERNEN? ØGET HEMOGLOBIN? MERE OM HVAD NEUROTRANSMITTERE GØR? HVAD ER BIULDING BLOCKS?
FALDT LIGE OVER DETTE:
"Vitamin C is necessary to make certain neurotransmitters. These neurotransmitters are the signals that carry thoughts, feelings, and commands around our brains and throughout our nervous system.
In particular, we need vitamin C to produce serotonin, a hormone that plays a critical role in wide variety of body systems, including the nervous system, endocrine system, immune system, and digestive system. Many of our moods, daily bodily rhythms (including sleep-wake cycles), and experiences of stress and pain have serotonin included as a factor in their occurrence. Some of the most commonly used prescription medications for depression (SSRIs, or Selective Serotonin Reupdate Inhibitors) also target this hormone. While we are not suggesting that dietary intake of vitamin C will automatically improve the quality of any experiences described above, we do recommend that you include vitamin C-rich foods on a daily basis as part of your overall well-being." FRA: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=nutrient&dbid=109
I can really recommend to start taking a shake with these ingredients and thereby get the good nutrition to help your brain recover in the best way possible. The last years my morning shake has become instrumental for me and I'm sure it has also helped to improve my brain function.
Mad for livet Anette kommer snart med en bog om "hjernegod mad" som måske kan give mere inspiration:
The right "brain food" can help your brain function to recover in the best way possible after an injuriy.