Practicing good nutrition and a healthy lifestyle is important for everyone, but especially for those who live with impaired brain function.
The Importance of Nutrition
The food we use to fuel our bodies becomes the foundation of our health. For those with a disease or disorder that impairs the brain, such as Down Syndrome, it is especially important because digestion and other important functions are controlled by the brain. Nutrients fuel the brain to preform to the best of its ability.
Also, the brain relies heavily on communication from the gut to preform bodily functions. If digestion is poor, then the communication may be poor, sparking a chain reaction.
Stress is also a factor here. Stress is normal, but excessive or chronic stress can lead to inflammation, which can lead to the need for antibiotics. This can cause a food intolerance and damage a person’s relationship with food.
Good Habits for the Gut and Brain
One important way to support good digestion and brain function is to cut back on foods that cause inflammation. These include sugar, fried foods, processed foods, and trans fats. Try to replace these with foods that promote healthy digestion, such as raw fruits and vegetables, raw honey, extra virgin olive oil, and probiotic foods.
Exercise is also an important factor in healthy brain function. It lowers stress and increases blood flow to the brain. It’s recommended to exercise for 30 minutes 4-6 days a week.
There are also supplements to support blood flow to the brain. These include B complex, vitamins D and C, and fish oil, among others. Finding the right supplements can take some time because it differs for each individual and their specific needs.
Technology can also be useful here. The Alpha-Stim electrotherapy device can help with stress and other afflictions of the brain, while Vielight’s red light therapy improves brain fuel and blood flow. If you’re interested in more information on these devices and nutrition for the impaired brain contact Dr. Gail Clayton.
Implementing all of these habits into a daily routine can help keep digestion and blood flow on track, optimizing brain function.