Your brain is one of your most important organs of the body and serves as a command center for your nervous system. The neuron in your brain perceives stimuli, activate responses, communicate to the gut via a corridor of the gut- brain axis and send signals at tremendous speed across your entire body to keep you safe and healthy. Your brain is also the place where learning and cognition take place and your memories are stored.
Optimizing brain function and preserving its integrity is one of the most important aspects of maintaining your vitality and quality of life!
Immune and Cognitive Health
Your brain has dedicated immune cells called Microglial, and other cell like astrocytes and neuron that talk to the immune system. It is known that both inflammation and autoimmunity can alter immune signals in your brain and increase mood disorders like depression and even alter behavior.
Beside inflammation, vascular flow, hormones, diet, gut health, toxins and trauma all can negatively impact your brain health and contribute to cognitive decline.
It is now known that cognitive decline and Alzheimer's disease starts in your 40’s. It has been found with advanced imaging that the brain changes associated with cognitive decline in dementia show up in people who do not have any clear symptoms. These symptoms can be simple forgetfulness, losing items or even just tiring more easing from brain tasks.
However the good news is when you first recognize that your brain has some decline .. you have a window of opportunity to make changes. This is because the brain has a property called neuroplasticity. Your brain can regenerate and repair itself by generating new growth through Neural Growth Factors (NGF) with exercise in just about 10 minutes! In addition there are specific supplements that can help increase BDNF.
When exercising think- lots of movement with twists and turns and burst activity to really engage your brain. For instance, running on a twisting a trail, dancing, or a team sport that requires quick thinking strategy.
Your whole life is spent working, learning, and building rich relationships for connection to family, friends, and a larger social community. You owe it to yourself to enjoy the fruits of your labor and have quality of life by taking care of your brain health and immune system to help prevent cognitive decline.
At the Sage Center we can help you with your brain.! Whether it is a tune up, prevention or wanting to reverse cognitive decline, we have tools and strategies to help you. With a comprehensive history and examination and specialty testing we can help formulate a personalized treatment plan for your concerns!