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The brain’s main job is to keep the body moving and provide functionality to all the major organs through neuro signaling from the numerous nerve roots surrounding the entire body. As part of the central nervous system in the body, the brain has a casual relationship with the spinal cord, immune system, and gut system. However, as the body ages naturally, so does the brain, as many pathogens that affect the body over time affect the brain and its associates. Harmful pathogens that affect the body can disrupt the brain’s signaling process, causing the body to be at risk of developing neurodegenerative disorders. Today’s article looks at neurodegeneration, how it affects the body and the brain, and ways to improve brain health. We refer patients to certified providers specializing in neurological therapies to help many individuals dealing with neurodegeneration. We also guide our patients by referring to our associated medical providers based on their examination when it’s appropriate. We find that education is the solution to asking our providers insightful questions. Dr. Alex Jimenez DC provides this information as an educational service only. Disclaimer
What Is Neurodegeneration?
Have you been suffering from inflammation in your gut? How feeling aches and pains all over your body? Are you experiencing muscle stiffness in certain areas along your spine? Many of these issues are signs of many individuals at risk of developing neurodegeneration. Neurodegeneration is an age-dependent disorder affecting many individuals, especially the elderly. Many factors allow the progression of neurodegenerative disorders to affect the brain and body. Some of the common neurodegenerative disorders that do affect a person are:
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Huntington’s Disease
- Multiple and lateral sclerosis
These common neurodegenerative disorders affect the body over time by triggering inflammation and disrupting the brain signal to the different body locations.
How Does It Affect The Brain & The Body?
So how does neurodegeneration affects both the brain and the body? As stated earlier, the brain has a causal relationship with the gut, spinal cord, and immune system. The brain projects out neuron signals to ensure that the immune system is defending the body, the spinal cord provides the sensory-motor function to the spine, and the gut system regulates and maintains the body. When the body suffers from injuries or harmful pathogens are causing the neuron signals to go haywire, it can affect many different areas and even cause referred pain to the vital organs and associated muscles. An example will be if an individual suffers from traumatic brain injury associated with gut issues and inflammation. When the brain suffers from trauma or injury, many factors are potentially involved with the gut, causing numerous issues that can affect the body. Some of the problems associated with traumatic brain injury may cause:
- Acute changes in intestinal permeability
- Increases permeability in the blood-brain barrier (BBB)
- Increased oxidative stress, inflammation, microglia activation
- Continued and progressive neurobehavioral symptoms
- Risk for hormonal compromise
Studies reveal that the pathology of neurodegenerative disorders remains unknown; however, many have considered that environmental factors may play a causal role. Environmental factors like lifestyle choices, eating habits, and physical activity impact a person’s life. When these factors harm the body, they may become the mediator for neurodegenerative disorders to progress and trigger issues in the body.
An Overview Of Neurodegenerative Diseases-Video
Are you experiencing brain fog more often than usual? Are you feeling inflammatory issues affecting your gut? What about feeling pain or muscle stiffness affecting your neck or back? Some of these issues are associated with neurodegenerative diseases affecting the body. The video above gives an overview of neurodegenerative diseases and how it affects the body. The pathway of neurodegenerative diseases is unknown, but environmental factors do cause an impact on the body, causing an overlap of risk profiles associated with many chronic issues. Luckily, there are many ways to potentially dampen the effects of neurodegenerative diseases from progressing further in the body.
Ways To Improve Brain Health
When it comes to brain health and preventing neurodegenerative disorders from progressing further, many people have found ways to improve their brain and their body. Studies reveal that providing potential therapeutic approaches for neurological conditions can help the brain intake new information and help the body function. The six pillars that are considered for brain health include:
- Physical activity
- Mental exercises
- Healthy diet and nutrition
- Social interaction
- Ample sleep
- Controlling vascular risk factors
Each pillar provides optimal brain health by making the individual look at their situation differently. For example, a person with gut issues associated with brain inflammation might change their dietary habits and incorporate more fruits and vegetables. Studies reveal that when individuals are associated with a sense of stress and loss from an impactful event tend to manage their stress levels. Incorporating healthy boundaries to lower stress levels can positively impact the brain by taking in a new hobby, talking with an old friend, and doing things that bring people joy, which could manage the progression of neurodegenerative disorders and provide optimal happiness.
The brain is the central controller of the body as it provides neuron signals to each of the major organs and muscles through neuro signaling from the surrounding nerve roots. When the body suffers from injuries or trauma from harmful pathogens, it can affect the brain’s health by disrupting the neuron signals. Other times, it could just be natural aging that affects the brain, causing neurodegenerative disorders. Neurodegenerative disorders associated with chronic issues may cause dysfunction in the body, causing an overlap of risk profiles of chronic diseases. Incorporating beneficial factors to promote brain health positively impacts keeping the brain healthy and slowing the progression of neurodegenerative disorders in the brain.
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Gitler, Aaron D, et al. “Neurodegenerative Disease: Models, Mechanisms, and a New Hope.” Disease Models & Mechanisms, The Company of Biologists Ltd, 1 May 2017, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5451177/.
Mintzer, Jacobo, et al. “Lifestyle Choices and Brain Health.” Frontiers in Medicine, Frontiers Media S.A., 4 Oct. 2019, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6787147/.
Wang, Yongjun, et al. “What Is Brain Health and Why Is It Important?” BMJ (Clinical Research Ed.), BMJ Publishing Group Ltd., 9 Oct. 2020, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7555053.
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