Why Isn’t My Brain Working? is a book written by Datis Kharrazian, D.C.. I had the pleasure of hearing him lecture at Parker Seminars in Las Vegas, NV. a few weeks ago. The book and the lecture were focused around a revolutionary understanding of brain decline and effective strategies to recover your brain’s health. The main premise of the book is that if you are alive, then your brain is already degenerating. Their are things you can do TODAY to start slowing the progression of this brain decay.
The brain requires four things in order for it to function properly. The first is Oxygen; plenty of O2. Second, consistent glucose levels. Third is stimulation. Fourth is reduced inflammation.
There exists a brain/gut axis. If your gut is inflamed with IBS, colitis, Crohns, or other inflammatory bowel diseases, then your brain is inflamed too because the tissue is rudimentarily the same. So, controlling the amount of inflammation in the gut is really helping your brain function better too.
Stimulation of the brain occurs best when we exercise. 4 minutes of vigorous exercise per day can help save your life and your brain. The 4 minutes doesn’t even have to be consecutive. This vigorous exercise helps the arteriole walls release nitric oxide which is a chemical that helps with vasoconstriction and vasodilation. This shunts blood where it is needed in emergencies during sympathetic response of the autonomic nervous system.
Blood sugar levels are critical to keep balanced so glucose is readily available for the brain. Spikes in the glucose levels damages the brain particularly in the white matter. The glial cells are the “glue” that hold the neurons together, but also add insulation which adds to the speed of the brain’s “processing” power.
It’s in the glial cells,or white matter that were seeing evidence of damage to the brain as it degenerates. So it is critical for your brain to stay healthy and to help avoid Alzheimer’s and dementia. They used to call it senile dementia, basically you become senile.
So to avoid that dreadful fate, exercise, eat healthy, keep stimulating your brain with reading and puzzles and have fun! Oh and get adjusted regularly by your chiropractor!!!!!