An inflamed brain
Neuro inflammation a widespread dysfunction that is experienced by so many people and is a huge problem in our society. Some of the symptoms of neuro inflammation are: headaches, neck pain, sensitivity to light, sensitivity to sound, blurred vision, easily agitated, anxiety, mood swings, ringing in the ear (tinnitus), feeling worthless, guilt, numbness or tingling.
The above list will give you an indication of just how many people are potentially dealing with these symptoms that are being driven by a sustained inflammatory process.
Nearly everyone will know someone who is suffering with symptoms driven by neuro inflammation. Sadly, for so many people, living with these kinds of symptoms is something that just gets integrated into a ‘new normal’ and after a while, dysfunction doesn’t even feel like a real problem anymore, it just feels like ‘their way of living’.
Have you ever experienced fogginess?
Your immune system is letting you know it is inflamed…
Ever get foggy?
If you get a foggy brain sometimes, it usually means your immune system is letting you know it is inflamed. Perhaps you didn’t sleep enough or the quality of your sleep was poor. Fogginess means you can’t concentrate, you sometimes need to re-read things over, or you have trouble doing simple math, or you miss a step on the stairs..
In most cases chronic stress is the cause of a brain inflammation due to the long term effects of cortisol, adrenaline and other stress hormones, but neuro inflammation can come from many causes such as:
- Vitamin- and mineral deficiencies (mainly magnesium, Vitamin B12 and Omega 3)
- Chronic Stress
- Poor blood sugar control
- Toxic effects of chemicals, and heavy metals
- Inflammatory foods (allergens and exorphins)
- Lack of sleep (disturbed bio-rhythm, perhaps because of night shifts)
- Underlying infections like eg. Epstein Barr virus or Lyme
- Leaky gut and disturbed gut flora (due to overgrowth of yeast or bacteria)
- Imbalanced stress and sex hormones
In the end, it’s inflammatory signals being sent to the brain affecting our neurons and slowing communication. Our immune system is just doing it’s job trying to put out the fires – but the end result is neuroinflammation.
How can we fix neuro inflammation?
Improving gut health, detoxing our diet, with Orthomolecular Therapy, and reducing stress all go a long way in keeping our brains healthy. There are a number of other things that we can do to heal the brain when it’s in a ‘broken state’ and one of the most important things you can do is regulate you’re sleeping patterns.
Some simple & practical tips to do that:
Fix your light environment. Expose your retina to natural light at the start and end of the day. Remove bright lights after dark & avoid blue light (this is for reasons that also go beyond circadian rhythm)
- Ground yourself, connect to the earth, particularly at night
- If you can’t sleep, try removing all light and keep your eyes open in the dark. This drives a strong parasympathetic response from the body (rest and repair)!
- If insomnia is one of your symptoms however, then seek help, as healing the brain will depend, in no small way, on you fixing that symptom