Your brain connects to every part of your body through neural connections. Your gut has almost as many neurons as your actual brain- so much so that it’s often referred to as a second brain – that’s how powerful it is! Gut feelings are a real thing, and taking care of your digestive health has a tremendous impact on mood and cognition.
Naturopathic medicine emphasizes prevention and treating the root cause, and both of these are important when talking about brain health. Preventing memory loss and dementia – or preventing it from getting worse – can both be done with natural support. Things like anxiety and depression often have roots in digestive health, and naturopathic doctors can help find what exactly is causing your concerns!
Nobody likes the feeling of forgetting and things slip all of our minds at one time or another but as we get older, it’s normal for there to be some decline in our ability to remember, and it’s possible to help slow this process down. Our brains are made up of, and live off of healthy fats. It does well well when we have proper blood sugar regulation and sufficient levels of minerals and micronutrients. Naturopathic doctors can help you choose the right supplements, like fish oils and mineral blends to optimize memory.
It can be devastating to see a loved one’s brain begin failing them. Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and Parkinson’s disease (PD) are both degenerative, inflammatory conditions of the brain and nervous system and a naturopathic approach to treating these conditions involves removing inflammatory foods from your diet and supporting your brain with healthy fats and minerals. Intravenous therapy can provide high levels of antioxidants, like glutathione, which can help reduce inflammation and improve the cognitive function.