You’ve heard of the fire in the gut but have you heard of the fire in the brain?
If you’ve ever cut yourself, gotten a bruise or stubbed a toe you are very familiar with what inflammation is. Your skin and surrounding area feel hot, red, possibly swollen and it likely hurts. This is inflammation and it’s the kind that is hard to miss. But what about silent inflammation? The kind you cannot see and can’t feel either. With visible inflammation you know your bodies telling you to rest and allow it to heal, but the silent kind doesn’t give you any visible signals that force you to stop and slow down. When you have inflammation in the body it sends signals which if you are on the ball you are able to identify and take action, but when it comes to the brain you are playing a completely different guessing game.
Since we do not have pain receptors in our brain what happens if it gets inflamed? Does it send silent signals to us?
The answer is yes, it does. The problem is that we don’t often recognize them for what they really are. We get symptoms like brain fog which takes its toll but has likely been there quite a while before you think do anything about it.
unclear or jagged thoughts
slow or inconsistent mental speeds
loss of brain function after trauma (varied trauma sources)
brain fog after a meal
brain fog worsens with body inflammation (autoimmune conditions)
brain fatigue from scents, chemicals, and pollutants.
We like to refer to this as neuro-inflammation and we can fix it.
As with inflammation in the body, consuming anti-inflammatory foods can aid in reducing and healing from inflammation.
Below is a of anti-inflammatory food and herbs.
Incorporating these into your daily regime will help to put out the flame of your neuro-inflammation - brain fire.
- Curcumin: turmeric
- Catechins: found in some teas
- Rutin: citrus
- Resveratrol: skin of red grapes
- Baicalein: skullcap
- Luteolin: celery, green pepper
- Apigenin: parsley, artichoke, celery
Curcumin is also fat soluble, so it may be a good idea to take it with a fatty meal. Unfortunately, curcumin is poorly absorbed into the bloodstream. It helps to consume black pepper with it, which contains piperine… a natural substance that enhances the absorption of curcumin by 2000%
Phytochemicals are natural, biologically active compounds found in plants. One class of phytochemicals, called flavonoids, contains over 4,000 compounds with many potential health benefits. Catechins are a type of flavonoid found in certain foods; several forms exist, but all are potent antioxidants that may help protect you from potentially damaging chemicals called free radicals.
Tea: Phytochemicals are natural, biologically active compounds found in plants. One class of phytochemicals, called flavonoids, contains over 4,000 compounds with many potential health benefits. Catechins are a type of flavonoid found in certain foods; several forms exist, but all are potent antioxidants that may help protect you from potentially damaging chemicals called free radicals.
Cocoa: Cocoa also contains catechins, as do cocoa-derived products such as chocolate. The amount of catechins in chocolate, however, depends on its concentration of cocoa. For example, 100 grams of dark chocolate provides about 50 milligrams of catechins
Other sources: blackberries, with about 40 milligrams in 100 grams, and raspberries and cherries, which contain about 6 and 8 milligrams, respectively, in a similar amount. Apples and pears also contain catechins, with 7 and 4 milligrams, respectively, in 100 grams. Among vegetables, beans are good sources of catechins. For example, 100 grams of fava beans provide about 20 milligrams of catechins. Red table wine is an excellent source of several flavonoids, including catechins, with about 10 milligrams of these compounds in 100 grams, or 3.5 ounces of liquid.
They say an apple a day keeps the doctor away, and when a fruit is packed with so many nutrients, it’s not hard to see why. Choice among them is rutin, a bioflavanoid with strong antioxidant properties.
You can also find rutin in figs and some citrus fruits, along with buckwheat, and green and black teas.
Resveratrol is a member of a group of plant compounds called polyphenols. These compounds are thought to have antioxidantproperties, protecting the body against the kind of damage linked to increased risk for conditions such as cancer and heart disease. Resveratrol is found in the skin of red grapes. As a side note it is also in red wine, cheers!
Baicalein is a flavone, a type of flavonoid
Bioflavonoids deliver what medicine can’t; vital nutrition with the ability to assist your body in detoxifying, tone all organ systems, promotes cardiovascular health, regulate immune systems and reduce oxidative stress. Luteolin The bioflavonoid Luteolin is a supper nutrient; it is a natural and potent antioxidant. Luteolin neutralizes free radicals, helps reduce inflammation, and promotes nerve and muscle function.