The brain is a fascinating organ that serves as the center of the nervous system and the center of our consciousness. Think about all of the complexities within the brain! Neuron connections producing a vast array of chemical reactions create feelings of love, joy, sadness, and anger….it’s no wonder the brain continues to be the focus of extensive worldwide research.
This is why we’re passionate about transforming lives through better brain health at NeuroHealthMaine.
Let’s talk about inflammation.
Depression can develop for lots of reasons – life situations, head injuries, a genetic predisposition – all can contribute to a brain that is not functioning in a healthy way. If you or a loved one has ever walked in the darkness of major depression and tried medication after medication to no avail, it’s important to learn more about effective second-line treatments like TMS Therapy.
Inflammation is a word we hear pop up more and more these days in conversations about depression. The truth is, inflammation affects our overall health and wellness in so many ways. Research shows the proven connection between inflammation, brain health, and depression which makes it more important than ever to take active steps to reduce inflammation- here’s where to start…
Research, published in the journal, “Brain, Behavior and Immunity,” investigates the benefits of 20-minute exercise sessions on the body’s immune system. The results revealed that a 20-minute session of moderate exercise can have anti-inflammatory effects.
Your diet plays a major role in your mood. In fact, the gut is sometimes referred to as our ‘second brain’. Since our brains are composed of nearly 60% fat, it’s important to incorporate healthy foods (like Omega 3s). Also, studies show that sugar is really toxic. Limiting the amount of sugar we take in also helps reduce inflammation.
It’s well known that stress wreaks havoc on the mind and body – particularly the immune system. Stress releases chemicals that inhibit the immune system to gain hormonal control which can trigger inflammation. We all have stress. Utilizing tools to manage it is key – things like meditation and journaling. Think of our system like a pot of water on the stove. We don’t
want it boiling over. A nice simmer is a healthy way to live!
Loss of sleep, even for a few short hours during the night, can prompt your immune
system to turn against healthy tissue and organs including the brain. Getting adequate sleep
each night has natural healing and restorative qualities. Think of this as the time of sweeping
out the debris from the previous day. Try blacking out your environment with a sleep mask and
adding in white noise. Getting pets off the bed also helps!