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Brain Health


MaxLiving Perspective

Incorporating 5 Essentials™

The brain is a large and intricate organ which controls many functions in the body.(1) It is composed of over 100 billion nerves that communicate and interact with each other.(2) The brain is divided into lobes, which control different functions but work together to make up the complex brain. These lobes are the frontal lobe, parietal lobe, temporal lobe, and occipital lobe.(2

Talk to your healthcare practitioner about implementing these tips into your routine to help support healthy memory, focus, and cognition. 
Core Chiropractic

Core Chiropractic

  • Get a chiropractic exam. Chiropractic care works to eliminate interference in the central nervous system. This helps the whole body to function properly, including the brain.(3)
Nutrition

Nutrition

  • Consider a low-carb, high-fat diet. While consuming a low-carb, high-fat diet, the brain’s primary source of fuel switches from glucose to ketones. This phenomenon, known as ketosis, may be beneficial for reducing the risk of cognitive decline.(4)

  • Avoid sugar and refined carbohydrates. A diet high in sugar has numerous consequences, including heightened risk of dementia.(5) Some research is actually starting to call Alzheimer’s disease “type 3 diabetes”, due to insulin resistance in the brain.(6)

  • Avoid artificial sweeteners. Artificial sweeteners, such as aspartame have also been linked to hindrances in learning and brain function.(7)

  • Increase consumption of omega-3 fatty acids, from cold-water, wild-caught fish. Nearly 60% of the brain is composed of fat, and about 50% of the brain’s fat is omega-3 fatty acids.(8)

  • Snack on blueberries throughout the day. Blueberries contain the anti-inflammatory antioxidant anthocyanins, which may help reduce brain aging and improve memory.(9) One study found that frequent berry consumption may reduce brain aging by up to 2 ½ years.(10)

  • Drink at least one cup of green tea per day. Green tea contains a compound called EGCG, which may be linked to reduced risk of cognitive decline.(11)

Mindset

Mindset

  • Get at least 7-9 hours of sleep per night.(12) Sleep is essential for wellbeing, focus, and innovative thinking, yet about ⅓ of American’s are regularly sleep deprived.(13) Sleep helps to strengthen brain cell connections - boosting memory, thinking, and information retention.(13)

  • Practice stress management techniques. Heightened stress has been linked to problems with memory, focus, and cognitive functioning.(14) Try deep breathing, positive thinking, and relaxation techniques to manage stress levels.(15)

  • Try brain exercises. Brain exercises, like puzzles, have been shown to help challenge the brain and improve cognitive functioning.(16)

Oxygen and Exercise

Oxygen & Exercise

  • Exercise for at least 30 minutes, 3-4 times a week. Research shows that exercise helps boost blood flow and trigger the release of brain-protecting chemicals.(17) As a result, memory and cognitive skills are heightened.(18


    Please consult with your healthcare practitioner before starting any exercise program.

Minimize Toxins

Minimize Toxins

  • Use only aluminum-free, natural deodorant. Antiperspirants contain aluminum, which help prevent sweating. However, exposure to aluminum has been linked to increased risk of cognitive decline.(19) Instead, use natural deodorants with ingredients such as baking soda and coconut oil.

  • Choose organic when available. Pesticide exposure is dangerous to many aspects of health, including the brain.(20) Choosing organic minimizes exposure and risk.

Minimize Toxins

Tests

  • If you have concerns about your brain health, please consult with your healthcare practitioner about performing the proper blood tests.

Minimize Toxins

Nutrient Support*

Talk to your healthcare practitioner about including these and/or any other nutraceuticals in your dietary practices.

Brain Health Nutraceutical Recommendations

Nutraceutical

Brain Health

Cognitive Support

Instructions for Use

2 capsules daily with meals.

2 capsules daily with meals.

Daily Essentials for Men or Women

Contains

Two (2) capsules of Men's or Women's Multivitamin

One (1) capsule of Vitamin D3 + Probiotics

One (1) capsule of B-Complex with Delayed Release

Two (2) softgels of Optimal Omega

Two (2) capsules of Magnesium Glycinate

Instructions for Use



One packet daily with a meal.



Brain Health

Cognitive Support

Daily Essentials for Men or Women

Never modify any medications or other medical advice without your healthcare practitioner’s support.

*For optimal results, we recommend you perform a metabolic analysis profile test, which tests for key biomarkers that identify nutritional deficiencies, toxicities, bacterial overgrowth, and drug effects. Talk with your MaxLiving Chiropractor about the Metabolix Program to get tested and be able to obtain a more customized health plan.

References

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2. Hoffman M. Picture of the Brain. webmd.com. https://www.webmd.com/brain/picture-of-the-brain#1. Reviewed May 18, 2019. Accessed May 30, 2020. 
3. Margach RW. Chiropractic Functional Neurology: An Introduction. Integr Med (Encinitas). 2017;16(2):44-45. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6413643/. Published April, 2017. Accessed May 30, 2020. 
4. Rusek M, Pluta R, Ulamek-Koziol M, Czuczwar SJ, et al. Ketogenic Diet in Alzheimer’s Disease. Int J Mol Sci. 2019;20(16):3892. doi: 10.3390/ijms20163892. 
5. Crane PK, Walker R, Hubbard RA, Li G, Nathan DM, Zheng H, Haneuse S, Craft S, Montine TJ, Kahn SE, McCormick W, McCurry SM, Bowen JD, Larson EB, et al. Glucose Levels and Risk of Dementia. N Engl J Med. 2013;369(1):540-548. doi: 10.1056/NEJMoa1215740. 
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7. Humphries P, Pretorius E, et al. Direct and indirect cellular effects of aspartame on the brain. Eur J Clin Nutr. 2008;62(1):451-462. doi: 10.1038/sj.ejcn.1602866. 
8. Wysoczanski T, Sokola-Wysoczanska E, Pekala J, Lochynski S, Czyz K, Bodkowski R, Herbinger G, Patkowska-Sokola B, Librowski T, et al. Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Their Role in Central Nervous System – A Review. Cur Med Chem. 2016;23(8):816-831. doi: 10.2174/0929867323666160122114439. 
9. Krikorian R, Shidler MD, Nash TA, Kalt W, Vinqvist-Tymchuk MR, Shukitt-Hale B, Joseph JA, et al. Blueberry Supplementation Improves Memory in Older Adults. J Agric Food Chem. 22010;58(7):3996-4000. doi: 10.1021/jf9029332. 
10. Devore EE, Kang JH, Breteler MMB, Grodstein F, et al. Dietary intakes of berries and flavonoids in relation to cognitive decline. Ann Neurol. 2012;72(1):135-143. doi: 10.1002/ana.23594. 
11. Pervin M, Unno K, Ohishi T, Tanabe H, Miyoshi N, Nakamura Y, et al. Beneficial Effects of Green Tea Catechins on Neurodegenerative Diseases. Molecules. 2018;23(6):1297. doi: 10.3390/molecules23061297. 
12. How Much Sleep Do We Really Need? sleepfoundation.org. https://www.sleepfoundation.org/articles/how-much-sleep-do-we-really-need. Accessed May 30, 2020. 
13. How Lack of Sleep Impacts Cognitive Performance and Focus. sleepfoundation.org. https://www.sleepfoundation.org/articles/how-lack-sleep-impacts-cognitive-performance-and-focus. Accessed May 30, 2020. 
14. Sandi C. Memory Impairments Associated with Stress and Aging. NCBI Bookshelf. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK3914/. Published 2007. Accessed May 30, 2020. 
15. Reese N. 10 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress. healthline.com. https://www.healthline.com/health/10-ways-to-relieve-stress#mindfulness. Reviewed July 1, 2016. Accessed May 30, 2020. 
16. Fissler P, Kuster OC, Laptinskaya D, Loy LS, von Arnim CAF, Kolassa IT, et al. Jigsaw Puzzling Taps Multiple Cognitive Abilities and Is a Potential Protective Factor for Cognitive Aging. Front Aging Neurosci. 2018;10(1):299. doi: 10.3389/fnagi.2018.00299. 
17. Godman H. Regular exercise changes the brain to improve memory, thinking skills. health.harvard.edu. https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/regular-exercise-changes-brain-improve-memory-thinking-skills-201404097110. Published April 9, 2014. Updated April 5, 2018. Accessed May 30, 2020. 
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