Detoxify Your Brain By Hacking Your Glymphatic System – Saturday Strategy
POSTED ON August 18, 2016 BY Drew Canole
Today, I want to share with you what the Glymphatic system is, why it regulates your perception and quality of life and what you can do to make sure it’s optimal.
Your Glymphatic System
Are you getting 7-9 hours of sleep every night, but still waking up exhausted?
This can be an extremely frustrating and baffling problem for a lot of people.
In fact, a survey in 2015 found that only ONE out of every SEVEN people report waking up refreshed every day of the week!
To me, that screams that SOMETHING is definitely not right!
Not getting good quality sleep can really mess with your head, leading to things like poor attention span and foggy thinking in the short term and potentially more serious issues in the long term like Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
Some of you have been searching for an answer to your fatigue for a long time because let’s face it, NO ONE wants to wake up tired, ESPECIALLY after getting a seemingly full night’s worth of sleep!
New research has started to figure out what is going on and the answer is different than you might think!
It has everything to do with your BRAIN and your body’s DETOX SYSTEMS.
In 2012, researchers discovered and named a whole new system in the body…the GLYMPHATIC SYSTEM.
You may not have heard of it and that’s because it is just now beginning to emerge in the mainstream!
Your GLYMPHATIC SYSTEM has a really fascinating job! It uses mitochondria to remove cellular waste from the brain. It is kind of like the brain’s personal lymphatic system in that it drains toxins out of the brain. But instead of draining these toxins through the kidneys and liver, it uses cerebrospinal fluid.
“Okay Drew that’s great and all… but what does it have to do with sleep and Alzheimer’s?”
Hang on, I’m getting there!
Scientists have found that your glymphatic system is the MOST active – 60% more – you guessed it, while you are asleep.
Basically, as you sleep, the little workers in your cells (mitochondria) are actively searching out and removing the waste in your brain.
Yes, your body is AWESOME. But you already knew that. 🙂
How To Support Your Glymphatic System
Now that we know about the glymphatic system, we can do certain things to SUPPORT its unique process. There are things that you can do to ENHANCE the quality of your sleep by boosting the abilities of the glymphatic system!
Not only will supporting your glymphatic system help you sleep better, but research has also connected a healthy glymphatic system to a decreased risk of Alzheimer’s and Dementia related to toxic buildup in brain tissue.
Here are 7 ways you can support the glymphatic system, improve sleep, wake up with more energy, detoxify your brain and enhance your quality of life!
#1 CranioSacral Therapy
CranioSacral is a gentle, hands-on body therapy that promotes the release of trauma and toxic buildup in the fluid surrounding the brain and spinal cord. Because it increases cerebrospinal fluid motion, it aids the glymphatic system is flushing out waste.
Many massage therapists are trained in this modality and can do it upon request.
#2 Intermittent Fasting
Intermittent fasting improves your mitochondria function, which is vital for the glymphatic system to detox properly. Regular fasting has also been linked to longevity.
Intermittent fasting is where you only eat during a certain 8 hour stretch during a 24 hour period. For example, if you choose to eat between 11am and 7pm, you would then fast from 7pm to 11am the next morning.
For more information on intermittent fasting, click here.
The writing is on the wall – one of the best things you can do to keep your brain young is to live an active lifestyle. The same seems to be true for the glymphatic system.
Movement is like medicine for the mind. Research has found that exercise boosts brain-building hormones and is a natural remedy for depression and anxiety. It also chips away at stress, which is a big cause of brain fog.
#3 Sleeping On Your Side
Studies have found that the glymphatic systems seems to work MOST effectively when you are laying on your side instead of your back or stomach.
#4 Pranayama Yoga
Learning to breath properly through pranayama yoga reduces stress and has been shown to have beneficial effects on your nervous system and cerebrospinal fluid.
“Pranayama” comes from the word “prana” which means vital life force. In this type of yoga, one learns breathing techniques and sequences that helps you connect with your core, cleanse your body, release pressure and stress and increase awareness and focus.
#5 Massage and Chiropractic Care
Massage and chiropractics both promote healing and flow in the body.
In over 230 peer-reviewed articles, researchers have shown that chiropractic treatment may help drastically in the reduction of headaches and migraines. More recent research has also shown an exciting connection between chiropractic adjustments and neurological health. Certain MS patients have experienced unexpected symptom reversal after receiving chiropractic care.
We are constantly learning new things about how our brains work! Our brains are the most complex systems on the planet and are central to our health and development.
Make your brain health a priority! Getting enough sleep isn’t just about feeling good the next day – it may have a big influence on your health and mental stamina in the years to come.
Drew Canole is a rockstar in the world of fitness, nutrition and mindset, with a huge heart for others and doing his part to transform the world, one person at a time.
As the founder and CEO of Fitlife.TV, he is committed to sharing educational, inspirational and entertaining videos and articles about health, fitness, healing and longevity. He is also a best selling author and the founder of Organifi, an organic, incredibly delicious greens powder, chock-full of superfoods to make juicing easy no matter your busy schedule.
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