Welcome to Natural Brain Care
The brain is connected to the health of the whole body, so when one looks at brain health, we also have to look at many other variables that contribute both to its healthy function as well as its decline. Medications may help in the short-term, but single solutions are not going to bring overall positive results without evaluating the complex relationship of the whole body to the brain. We think the best approach focuses on looking at each person as a unique individual, with treatment strategies that vary depending on each person's imbalances despite similar symptoms.
Learn About Your Brain
How the Brain Works
The amazing brain is composed of over one hundred billion neurons with over one trillion supporting cells. It is the primary center that drives our responses to our environment. The healthy brain is resilient and neural circuitry adapts to a new situation along with underlying changes in gene expression.1 Each neuron can have up to ten thousand connections to other neurons, and it is these interconnections that are critical to one’s ability to think, feel, analyze, remember and process new information. The neurons communicate with each other by releasing chemical signals called “neurotransmitters” into the spaces between each of the neurons. These are known as “synapses.”
- Parts of the Brain Learn about the brain regions and their function: the prefrontal cortex, the temporal lobe, the parietal lobe, and the cerebellum.
- Aging & the Brain Learn why a young person with an active, flexible brain easily latches on to new ideas and simply thinks faster than an older person whose brain has lost plasticity.
- Stress & the Brain Learn about the different kinds of stress: good, tolerable, and toxic and how they affect the brain.
- Alzheimer's Disease. This well-known condition is caused by damage to parts of the brain responsible for memory, learning, emotions, etc. At present trends it may affect fifty percent of adults eight-five and older. Learn what you can do to protect against, or possibly slow the symptoms of Alzheimer's.
- Dementia. There are a number of types of dementia. Four of the most common are caused by loss of proper circulation of nutrient-carrying blood to the brain, by damage to the white matter in the brain, by deposits of protein called Lewy Bodies, or by shrinkage of the frontal and/or temporal lobes of the brain.
- Parkinson's Disease. Parkinson’s is the second-most common neurological condition in the world. It is characterized by cognitive impairment, physical tremors, slowness of movement (bradykinesia), instability, muscular rigidity, and other non-motor symptoms.
- PTSD. Post traumatic stress disorder is caused by ongoing frightening events such those experienced in combat, or a single terrifying event such as a natural disaster or violent personal assault, as well as by chronic stress related to work, finances, or relationships.
- CTE. Chronic traumatic encephalopathy can be caused by some of the same events that cause PTSD. It is caused by repeated brain impact such as that experienced by military personnel exposed to explosive blast force, as well as numerous hits to the head from involvement in sports such as boxing and football.
- Other conditions include brain fog, brain inflammation, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (an infectious brain disease), HIV associated dementia, and Pick's disease (involving localized atrophy in the brain).
Protect Your Brain
A Prevention Protocol
- Prevention Overview. A summary of the main points for diet, nutrients, and exercise.
- Diet. A healthy, balanced diet can go a long way toward protecting your brain. Learn about foods, such as flavonoids, which support memory, cognition, and vision.1
- Nutrients. Learn about essential nutrients for the brain: antioxidants, amino acids, fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, herbs, and whole foods.
- Exercise. Getting enough exercise, every day, is one of the most important prevention protocols. Learn more.
1. Yeh T-S, Yuan C, Ascherio A, Rosner B, Willett W, et al. (2021). Long-term Dietary Flavonoid Intake and Subjective Cognitive
Decline in US Men and Women. Neurology Jul;10.1212/WNL.0000000000012454.