Women are twice as likely to develop dementia and Alzheimer’s than men. This is the statistic today, and will probably be for the next few years. I like to stay up to date with the latest in brain research, and learn about natural ways in which to maintain my brain health.
I belong to a risk group, as I have been dealing with inflammation in my body almost all my life, due to misdiagnoses and traumatic events early on in life. I also went through menopause at an early age, which means I stopped producing hormones that are necessary for certain areas of the brain.
The following e-mail came recently from Dr. Mark Hyman, producer of the docu-series Broken Brain, and now Broken Brain 2. It contains information that is valuable for us to know if we care about our brain health, so I decided to share it here. The subheadings are mine.
WE ARE CONSTANTLY LEARNING
We are constantly learning new and exciting things about the human body, things that change the future of medicine and expand our scope of how different organs interact.
The interconnectedness of the body cannot be underestimated. More and more, we are finding complex and sometimes astounding links between parts of the body that were formerly considered quite separate.
That’s one of the reasons I practice Functional Medicine. I believe in looking at how the systems of the body work together to create a balanced, well-oiled machine, instead of assigning a specialist to every single organ. That’s something I’m so excited to share more about in my new docu-series, Broken Brain 2: The Body-Mind Connection.
LIFE CHANGING INFORMATION
You guessed it: Much of the latest and most exciting research reveals profound connections between the body and mind.
This information changed my life and I know it will change yours as well.
One discovery that is really big when it comes to how we approach brain health is the glymphatic system.
Our lymphatic system transports lymph fluid throughout the body to help us remove toxins, waste, and infection and also helps deliver beneficial compounds like nutrients throughout the body. Previously, the brain wasn’t considered part of that system. Its immune defence was mostly attributed to the blood-brain barrier which allows nutrients to pass but keeps invaders out.
We now know that lymphatic vessels exist in the brain in the form of astroglial cells, which means the brain and immune system are in fact connected. This advancement in neuroimmunology changes everything we know about treating brain diseases.
In Broken Brain 2, we dive into the groundbreaking implications that the discovery of the glymphatic system will have for neuroinflammatory and neurodegenerative disease. One of the major areas we explore is autoimmunity.
AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE IS ON THE RISE
Autoimmune disease is on the rise globally. More than 80 million Americans have a diagnosis or experience some kind of autoimmune activity. Some of the most common types are lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, Hashimoto’s disease, type I diabetes, and multiple sclerosis, but there are many more that leave people struggling as well.
Autoimmunity is when the body turns on itself. The immune system begins attacking and destroying different tissues, causing systemic inflammation. It’s still not entirely understood, though stress, genetics, and environment are all thought to play a part. The conventional treatment options usually involve heavy drugs to suppress the immune system. This does nothing to get to the root cause of the problem and many patients still experience difficult flares or consistent symptoms.
In Functional Medicine, we dig deep to find out what imbalances are causing autoimmunity and systemic inflammation so that we can cool the fire within the body. That could be microbial imbalances in the gut, heavy metal toxicity, emotional and psychological stress. Now we also know that the brain-immune connection could be another extremely important piece to understanding autoimmunity.
Together with experts like Dr. Natasha Fallahi, Dr. Aristo Vojdani, and Dr. Terry Wahls, we’ll discuss what revolutionary findings like the glymphatic system mean for treating the brain.
If you want to watch Broken Brain 2 for free, when it airs in the beginning of April, click here to sign up.
Runa Bergmann is a Keynote Speaker, published Author and a Health and LIfestyle Coach. She has successfully been working in the personal development field in Iceland since 1990.
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