When looking up info for a completely different future topic, I spotted the phrase ‘leaky brain’.
First thought: Sounds like a zombie diner.
Second thought: Is that sort of like theory of leaky gut?
It turns out, the leaky gut and leaky brain theories are related.
As with leaky gut, it’s thought there is damage to the semi-permanent wall, allowing harmful particles to cross the barrier into the brain.
I had always thought the connection between a leaky gut and brain issues was the information sent from the gut to the brain was distorted, not about the brain being affected in a similar way.
But perhaps it is.
A healthy body, within a healthy mind.
~Alexia Penteleόn de aRcturi
Don't let sickness, depression, and disease THUG YOU OUT. Eat healthier, think healthier, speak healthier, and more positively over your life. When you do so, you will soon begin to conquer your life and your health through new found empowerment- mind, body, and spirit.
Drugs have been developed to act on the brain, which means those drugs need to cross the blood-brain barrier. Therefore, there has been ongoing research into crossing the blood-brain barrier. With that knowledge, perhaps the concept of the leaky brain will be supported/disproved more quickly than the leaky gut theory (lots of doctors don’t believe in leaky gut).
Some of the ideas below are suggestions you’ve heard before to aid your health for other reasons. Since you’ve heard most of them before, you may wonder why I’m repeating myself. Do I think you are not-quite-bright?
No, I’ve talked with some of you and know you're thoughtful and intelligent. I mention it again because I assume you are like me, and sometimes need to hear the same thing many times or have a huge stack of reasons before making a change. And even then, I’m often slow to change.
On the good side, because you’ve heard most of the recommendations below, you also know, making a shift to any of them will result in pervasive health gains.
1. Get more quality sleep. One of the biggies to quality sleep is to have a predictable bedtime. Even if you are an adult and need to pull an all-nighter, you are better off to go to sleep at your regular hour, set your alarm to 3 a.m., and then get up to work/study.
Action step: Have a definite time when you start your bedtime routine (first step - shut down screen) and a definite time when you are in bed with the lights off.
Have trouble falling asleep? Maybe it’s because you are ‘hot stuff’. In preparation to sleep, our bodies start to cool down. Helping the process might help you to fall asleep more quickly. A sleep doctor I spoke to once said he has a short cold shower before bed.
This connection between cool body temperature and sleep might relate to the vagus nerve. The vagus nerve (the topic I was researching when I found leaky brain) is connected to many, many necessary functions. The vagus nerve interfaces with the parasympathetic system – the rest and digest system of our body. One way to activate the vagus nerve is with cold, as in cold baths, cold showers, or, thankfully, the simpler action of splashing cold water on our face (speaking from experience, cold showers are hard to do. At least at the beginning). I also think a cold cloth to the back of the neck would stimulate the vagus nerve. Maybe even drinking a cold glass of water.
2. Anti-inflammatory diet. There are many ways to reduce our chronic inflammation. The simplest way? To shift away from simple carbs. As a easy to remember-but-harder-to-do rule: if it has sugar or is processed, try to replace it with a more natural product, reduce the amount or the frequency ingested or stop eating it completely.
The amount of simple carbs we eat is is not only difficult for our bodies to process, it steals some of the nutrients in our body. This is an ongoing tough one for me, but when I don't eat sugar, I feel better.
3. Magnesium levels. Magnesium is easy to add, even if you don’t like pills. Mix magnesium chloride or the not-as-good-but-still-useful magnesium sulfate (Epsom salts) with a small amount of water and put on to your skin. Somewhere I read the back of the neck is a good spot for any head issues (headaches, migraines, foggy head). It only needs to be left on for a short time before the magnesium is absorbed. The solution might be uncomfortable for some people (tingling, burning or itching) but can be quickly rinsed off.
3. Another way to cool your body and add a bit of weight to help de-stress (reducing stress was also often on the list of ways to reduce a leaky brain), is with one of our Hot’n’Cold Ultra Blankets. Check them out. Pretty and practical.
Have a no or slow leak week.
P.S. Have you had success in improving your sleep, diet, or your thinking in general? I would love to get some tested ideas. Theory is great, but not always realistic. And we do live in the real world. Thanks.
P.P.S. Did the photo bother you at all? I admit, I'm not a horror fan (I nightmare easily) and wasn't quite comfortable with putting it there. However, that might be just me. How did you feel about it? Anything?
This is a three-part series that I felt not only explained leaky brain but also had the science to back up its info.
https://www.selfhacked.com/blog/blood-brain-barrier-causes-tests-leaky-brain/ Part 1
https://www.selfhacked.com/blog/factors-and-disease-states-that-disrupt-the-blood-brain-barrier/ Part 2
https://www.selfhacked.com/blog/fix-leaky-blood-brain-barrier/ Part 3
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E020nmykCHw Dr. Bosworth (Dr. Boz) discussing sleep. At about the 51 minute mark, she mentions the importance of having a consistent bedtime.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29383689 blood-brain barrier and magnesium
https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Magnesium-HealthProfessional/ basic info on magnesium
https://draxe.com/magnesium-deficient-top-10-magnesium-rich-foods-must-eating/magnesium rich foods
https://www.ancient-minerals.com/difference-between-magnesium-chloride-magnesium-sulfate/ topical addition of magnesium