Brain Health – The How
With all the information and blogs out there on how to change your brain, you are probably confused on how to apply this to your life. It is for this reason I propose a simple way to categorize things. If you would like to make a change to your brain it is important to realize that each one of these categories can change your brain for the better or for the worse. Each group also has their advantages and limitations when it comes to making a positive change in your brain.
1. Chemicals – medications/drugs, nutrition, and supplements.
Pros: other than educating yourself and/or finding the right physician; let’s be honest you don’t have to do any other work than taking it. Medications and drugs are powerful and some people need something to stabilize them. Nutrition can take a bit of work however with the rise of easy to do recipes, health stores and healthy restaurants there are so many options to choose from to help you build healthy brain tissue. Supplements can usually be described as building blocks or ways to stimulate a certain metabolic process.
Cons: It is important to realize that any chemical you use to target your brain, affects every area that has that chemical. If there is a problem or imbalance on the left side of your brain, you cannot specifically target it because of those chemicals on both sides of your brain. Chemicals are global! Let’s get specific now on the chemicals; we all know that medications come with side effects, lots of side effects. Studies show that adverse drug effects are the 3rd leading cause of death in the United States. As for nutrition, we know that there is no one nutrition plan that works for everyone and let’s face it – people are taking too many supplements some that don’t work and some that were just junk in the first place. It is worth it to find an experienced healthcare provider that uses only the top grade products.
2. Thoughts – counseling, psychology, self-help, and education.
Pros: each one of us has our own opinions and unique experiences! We all need to socialize, feel important and learn to process our emotions. Everyone is going to come up with challenges and hard times where we need help and it will always be a good thing to have skilled people or resources to turn to.
Cons: there is a lot of the brain that we can’t talk to! If the brain has a problem processing information or is overactive clear thoughts are difficult to have. Sadly it is often common that when people are no longer able to make progress with thoughts alone or have a certain diagnosis, people can become their diagnosis and become enabled.
Stimulation is probably the least understood of three ways to change your brain. There are a lot of new and reinvented techniques to stimulate the brain and develop better neuroplasticy that are going to help you function and perform better. Ways to stimulate your brain involve anything that fires or excites a receptor that then fires a nerve that will send that signal to the brain. Examples are exercise, aromatherapy, chiropractic, physical therapy, touch, music, sunlight, art etc.
Pros: you are using the body to build the brain and can receive enjoyment from that activity or modality of treatment. There are several things you can do on your own to build a better brain and several techniques out there that help people. With the modern advances in neuroscience, a trained clinician can even target specific areas of a person’s brain and exercise a specific weak area.
Cons: you can over stimulate your self. Think of too much computer/screen time, too much noise, stiffness and soreness and injuries from doing too much. Stimulation takes time and requires some work. As well every person has different tolerances and vitality so there is a lot of confusion out there. The modern advances of neuroplasticity are slowly being adapted by traditional medicine and many alternative therapists and physical therapists are not well-educated in the brain and nervous system, which is why we promote seeing a board-certified chiropractic neurologist.
If you want to know what part of your brain needs the most attention and the best approach for you, come see us!
Dr. David R.A. Hardy, DC, DACNB, FABBIR
January 24, 2018
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