Is Your Diet Hurting Your Brain?
By Kusha Karvandi
One of the most popular questions I am asked is “How do I reduce inflammation?”
Whether the goal be weight loss, mental clarity, anti-aging, etc. – reducing inflammation is certainly part of the equation.
What we often miss is how our most common culprit – our diet – creates neurological inflammation. The significance of neurological inflammation is enormous, especially since your brain controls all other bodily systems. Because of this, your brain health is at the top of the food chain.
Not to mention, your sedentary lifestyle lends itself to a backed up lymphatic system (the waste/toxin disposal part of your circulatory system), which creates more inflammation. There has even been recent research to suggest that there is a direct pathway between the lymphatic system and the brain.
When it comes to the brain, you have key divisions that require certain conditions, such as:
- The frontal lobe (your decision-making part of the brain) requires adequate fuel and oxygen.
- The brainstem, which controls your autonomic functions (i.e. breathing, heart-rate) and emotions requires stable blood sugar.
- The cerebellum (little brain behind the brain) requires good movement for adequate stimulation.
The thing about inflammation is that it disrupts all of the above processes. If the above brain areas do not get what they need, you get a degeneration of neurons, which can lead to a wide variety of issues such as pain, anxiety, mood swings, injury, etc.
Clearly, a balanced diet, good breathing patterns and proper movement are essential to optimal health. But since you often can’t change every aspect of your modern lifestyle, it is important to have solutions to help fight inflammation on a daily basis.
Here are a few things I like that anyone can use:
- Bone Broth: Bone broth is filled with so many gut-wall-mending properties such as glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) as well as anti-inflammatory proteins. I suggest drinking one cup of homemade or store-bought bone broth per day.
- Tart Cherry Juice: Tart cherry is a great antioxidant that also contains malic acid, which is great for liver and gallbladder health. I suggest 8 ounces of tart cherry juice per day.
- Curcumin: Curcumin is the active ingredient in turmeric and has been used for medicinal purposes dating back 4,000 years. There are over 700 studies that suggest turmeric outperforms many pharmaceuticals against many chronic disease with virtually no side effects. I suggest Organifi’s Daily Turmeric Boost, which is Certified Organic and four times stronger than consuming turmeric alone.
Try one or all of the above methods to keep your inflammation in check and share your story in the comments section below!
Kusha Karvandi is an entrepreneur and fitness enthusiast with a passion for "biohacking" to help others live their best life. Kusha has 9 years experience as a personal trainer and health club manager, with over 10,000 session hours serviced and 15 certifications. He is the author of Nutriscribe, known for its no-nonsense, no calorie counting approach to weight loss and healthy eating. To round out his passion for helping others get in shape, Kusha has made it his mission to ensure that everyone has a unique personal training experience through his app, Exerscribe, which provides custom and adaptable workout plans to anyone with a gym membership.
Latest posts by Kusha Karvandi (see all)
SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS