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Nutrition and the Brain

You’ve heard the term “brain-food”.  The truth is your brain needs fuel as much as the rest of you.  In fact, your neurons (the cells that make up your brain and the rest of your nervous system) need two things to survive: fuel and stimulation.

This is more complex than it first seems.  Oxygen and glucose are the fuels that neurons use to produce energy, but they require cofactors such as magnesium and Vitamin B6.  Some stimulation comes in the form of thinking and learning, but 90% of the input to our brains actually comes from our joints and muscles, so movement is essential to the health of your brain.

The function of your brain is further complicated by the balance of messenger chemicals called neurotransmitters and the protection of your nervous cells by healthy fats and antioxidants.  You may have heard of neurotransmitters like serotonin, glutamate, dopamine, and acetylcholine and their relationship to disorders like depression, anxiety, insomnia, ADD/ADHD, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.  For many years, people have attempted to manipulate brain function with classes of drugs such as SSRIs, MAOIs, tricyclic antidepressants, GABA facilitators and NMDA receptor antagonists.  These are serious drugs with serious side effects.  It is possible to improve the balance of your neurotransmitters by improving brain health through specific changes in your lifestyle and diet.  Instead of covering up unpleasant symptoms and causing side effects, you will improve your overall health and feel great.

Call (512) 326-1000 to learn how nutrition, movement, posture and energy medicine can help support the structure and function of your brain and your entire nervous system.

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