THE GIFT of a Healthy Brain: Strategies to Protect and Restore Optimum Brain Function

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Updated February 25, 2020

As many of my friends, family and clients know, I have had my brain challenges.  The good news is that my brain now functions better than it ever has in the past and I intend to make sure it stays that way. My brain and I are a work in progress, just like a play dough creation. Some people’s brain challenges are visible while others are well hidden. Either way, there may be times when your brain may have some setbacks. Do not despair or lose hope. Wherever you are on your brain recovery, the information and strategies that I share about my recovery can help you. Brain neuroplasticity is the ability of the brain to adapt and change. The brain is plastic at all ages (think playdough)

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so we can continue to learn and create changes in our brains and nervous systems throughout our lives. You can change your brain by implementing strategies that increase brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) which plays an important role in neuronal survival and growth, serves as a neurotransmitter modulator, and participates in neuronal plasticity, which is essential for learning and memory. As you read on you will find research about essential oils that promote the increase of BDNF naturally.  While a healthy, active lifestyle is a main contributing factor for increasing BDNF naturally, there are many researched botanicals, foods and herbs that also naturally promote increased levels of BDNF.

My past periods of depression and compromised brain function were the result of various factors including, body and brain pollution from toxins, toxicant induced loss of tolerance (TILT), stress and stress sensitization, and lack of life balance and resilience.  As a teenager I pumped leaded gasoline at my father’s gas station.  I started to suffer from depression at that time.  While investigating my depression equation later in life, when I once again suffered from depression after off gassing of a new house, I made the environmental pollution connection. You can read about how I was affected by all of these in my blog posts and website ‘about‘ page. I am grateful for the information, guidance and natural strategies that have helped to restore my brain and body health.

With the looming statistics for depression, dementia (which my mother suffered from) and Alzheimers, and the deep compassion I feel for anyone who has brain challenges;  my focus moving forward is on preventing mental decline as I age and helping others to do the same.

What did it take to restore and improve my brain to better health? What am I doing to protect my brain?

  • Learning and understanding the impact of brain and body pollution
  • Dealing with brain and body pollution is a primary ‘must do’ using natural and added detoxification aids (whole body detoxification method using Botanical Spa Therapy)
  • Avoiding brain (including blood brain barrier) compromising factors
  • Adapting a healthy plant based diet and avoiding processed foods.  I also eat wild caught fish and organic free range eggs.
  • Drinking filtered water
  • Ongoing assessing, restoring and maintaining of life balance
  • Regular walking in green spaces
  • Regular yoga and tai chi exercises
  • Meditation and meditation music while visualizing my calm, happy place- this has been extremely beneficial during times of distress and while sleeping.
  • Prayer – visually handing over my basket of concerns for me, my family, my clients, the needs of the world, daily to my higher powers, my God, for healing, protection and guidance.
  • Grounding – my daily affirmation “I choose to remain cool, calm and grounded in spite of everything (or specific)” while visualizating my Wisdoms from a Tree painting. Seeing myself grounded by deep roots and swaying like the branches of a tree in the midst of life’s challenges. I am a greater support for myself and others if I remain grounded and resilient. This also prevents feelings of anxiety and distress and an itchy HPA stress response.
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  • Maintaining a healthy life balance. Maintaining a realistic priority list and healthy boundaries, allowing me the down and relaxation and ‘not available’ time I need to offset life’s stressors and challenges.
  • Learning about the neuroplasticity of the brain. Regular reading of health promoting books, especially those about brain health and recovery.  You can find my recommended reads in my book, plus Dr. Norman Doidge’s amazing books below which have been such an eye opener.
      • The Brain that Changes Itself – this is a paid affiliate link below.  Click on the book to learn more about what is inside.

      •  The Brain’s Way of Healing – this is a paid affiliate link below. Click on the book to learn more about what is inside.

  • Practicing mind body healing strategies including affirmations, visualizations and meditation.  You can find my recommendations in my book.
  • Adding in of natural supportive strategies including essential oils with healing properties. You can find my recommendations in my book and My Green Medicine Cabinet.

The preceding information may seem daunting.  It took me 10 years of research and trial and error strategies to make major gains in my health.  I now feel healthy, energetic and more resilient. I have condensed all of the information and resources that brought me to ‘my healthier brain and me’ and you can use my holistic protocol (self help guide), website and blog post to achieve your “healthier brain” and ‘healthier you’.  It works! Each new client receives a copy of my book and uses it as a guide to help them restore, maintain and improve their health.

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RESEARCH: Credible resources for using essential oils for dementia, Alzeihmers and increasing brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) to help repair damaged connections between neurons. 
is an online community dedicated to advocacy, education and supporting those whose lives have been impacted by Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Alzheimers.net was created by people touched by Alzheimer’s, to give caregivers and those with Alzheimer’s a place to share our passion for change and a cure for the disease. 
 
Mayo Clinic on aromatherapy for dementia – 

https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/consumer-health/expert-answers/aromatherapy/faq-20058566

Pub Med, US National Library of Medicine – “WE FOUND AROMATHERAPY AN EFFICACIOUS NON-PHARMACOLOGICAL THERAPY FOR DEMENTIA. AROMATHERAPY MAY HAVE SOME POTENTIAL FOR IMPROVING COGNITIVE FUNCTION, ESPECIALLY IN AD PATIENTS”. 
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20377818

Research Gate – ArticleinPsychogeriatrics 9(4):173-9 · December 2009 with 553 Reads

DOI: 10.1111/j.1479-8301.2009.00299.x · Source: PubMed  “In conclusion, we found aromatherapy an efficacious non-pharmacological therapy for dementia. Aromatherapy may have some potential for improving cognitive function, especially in AD patients.”  https://www.researchgate.net/publication/43079177_Effect_of_aromatherapy_on_patients_with_Alzheimer’s_disease
 
Alzeihmer Society – “There is some evidence that aromatherapy may be effective in helping people with dementia to relax, and that certain oils may have the potential to improve cognition in people with Alzheimer’s disease. Research has specifically highlighted the potential benefits of the use of lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) to improve cognition and mood in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, and lavender oil to reduce occurrences of aggressive behaviour in dementia.”
 
News – Medical Sciences:   
 
Japanese scientists have isolated active compounds in several plant medicines. These techniques helped the scientists identify and isolate active compounds found in Drynaria rhizome, a plant medicine that can improve memory. It has been proven to reduce disease characteristics in mice models with Alzheimer’s disease.

A 2012 study shows that rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis), a common plant used to distil essential oil, can also help improve cognitive performance in healthy adults. Also, rosemary can boost brain performance.

In another study in 2013, scientists found that rosemary may enhance the ability to remember events. Also, it helps people keep future tasks in mind. Since memory loss is one of the hallmark symptoms of dementia, this function could make rosemary oil and important component of therapy to combat dementia.

Scientists also found that six essential oils, namely thyme, rose, clove, eucalyptus, bergamot and fennel, are capable of suppressing the inflammatory COX-2 enzyme. The effect is similar to that of resveratrol, one of the important compounds that gives red wine its health benefits.

Of all the essential oils, thyme produces the highest reduction in COX-2 levels by about 75 percent. The other essential oils reduced the COX-2 level by 25 percent. COX-2 is an inflammatory enzyme that has been also linked to the development of AD”  https://www.news-medical.net/health/Aromatherapy-for-Dementia.aspx

Alzeihmers & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzeihmers Association 
 
Anti-Alzheimer’s disease effect of essential oil from aerial parts of Salvia miltiorrhiza Bge  – 

http://www.ijcem.com/files/ijcem0059161.pdf

Neuroquantology – Progress of Essential Oils in Prevention and Treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease –

EO, as one of the effective constituents of natural plants, is more and more recognized by people for its medicinal value and health care value. Through the analysis of different pathogenic mechanisms of AD, the anti-oxidation of EO against acetylcholinesterase inhibition, Aβ depolymerization, free radical injury and the protection of PC12 injured cells, it can be seen that EO of various plants has the activity of preventing and treating AD. The use of EO has many kinds of ways, such as oral administration, fumigation, smearing and so on. Combined with its excellent anti-AD activity, EO has the potential value of developing natural drugs for the treatment of neurogenic diseases. At present, more studies on anti-AD activity of EO are ongoing, but we haven’t made clear the key components of many plants’ essential oil, the synergetic effect of each component in EO, and in-depth anti-AD mechanism, which needs more researches.   https://www.neuroquantology.com/index.php/journal/article/view/1583
Lavender essential oil ameliorates depression-like behavior and increases neurogenesis  – https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0304394019301429

Modulatory effects of aromatherapy massage intervention on electroencephalogram, psychological assessments, salivary cortisol and plasma brain-derived neurotrophic factor – A 4-week-aromatherapy massage program significantly improved all psychological assessment scores in the Stat-Trait Anxiety Index, Beck Depression Inventory and Short Form of Psychosocial Well-being Index. Interestingly, plasma BDNF levels were significantly increased after a 4 week-aromatherapy massage program. Alpha-brain wave activities were significantly enhanced and delta wave activities were markedly reduced following the one-time aromatherapy massage treatment, as shown in the meditation and neurofeedback training. In addition, salivary cortisol levels were significantly reduced following the one-time aromatherapy massage treatment”. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0965229914000582

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Moving forward, my brain protection and improvement strategy includes the essential oil brain protection blend below as well as aromatherapy massage.  Read the research information above to determine which oils you feel you should add to your personal blend:

My Dementia and Alzeihmer’s and Healthy Brain Neuroprotective Blend

  • Frankincense – 4 drops (according to research abates age related dendritic regression in the hipppocampus, anti-cancer )
  • Clove bud – 2 drops (according to research reverses memory and learning deficits, anti-cancer)
  • Rosemary – 5 drops (according to research improves cognitive performance, abates age related dendritic regression in the hipppocampus, anti-cancer)
  • Copaiba – 2 drops (according to research is neuroprotective)
  • Melissa – 5 drops  (according to research is neuroprotective, anti-cancer – glioblastoma)
  • Lemongrass – 4 drops (according to research is neuroprotective)
  • Lavender – 4 drops (according to research is calming)
  • Add the preceding drops to a 10 ml roller ball bottle and top up with Fractionated Coconut Oil or a mix of grapeseed/olive oil. Apply to the toes (brain reflexology points) and brain stem twice daily.

Get started using essential oils with neuroprotective properties for a healthier you and healthier brain!

Check with your regular healthcare provider before using essential oils or other recommendations found on my website, books and blog – there may be contraindications due to medications, health conditions or other factors.

Wishing you optimum health and happiness!

Elisabeth Hines, C.N.C., C.B.P. Holistic Wellness Practitioner, www.mybodycanhealitself.ca, elisabethlhines@gmail.com

Sources:

Melissa officinalis – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3555743/

 
                        –   https://draxe.com/hypothalamus-function/                                                                                                                                           Copaiba Oil – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3291111/

 

INDOOR AIR QUALITY: A Potential for Compromised Brain, Nervous System and Overall Health

The Good and Bad of Indoor Air Quality

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Fall brings cooler temperatures yet maybe not cool enough to turn your furnace on. One of the challenges during the shoulder seasons of spring and fall is to maintain good indoor air quality. While a furnace is functioning there is usually a fresh air intake from the outside. During the shoulder seasons and for some all year, while you are using other forms of heating such as fireplaces, wood stoves, electric heaters (baseboards) or water boiler heating – your home is not receiving daily infusions of fresh air. The resulting accumulation of poor indoor air from painting, paint stripping, heating with kerosene heaters, cooking, daily activities or engaging in maintenance and hobby activities; can come with serious health challenges including compromised brain and nervous system function. To maintain optimum health it is important to lower the concentrations of indoor air pollutants in your home and to increase the amount of outdoor air coming indoors. So open your windows often, especially during shoulder seasons to clean your air and all year if your do not have a heating system with fresh indoor air intake. Run your furnace fan on auto to circulate the fresh air that you take in. Make sure your furnace has an external fresh air intake. Learn more about protecting indoor air quality at https://www.epa.gov/indoor-air…/improving-indoor-air-quality.

Protect your brain, nervous system and overall health by improving indoor air quality.

Elisabeth Hines, C.N.C., C.B.P.

Holistic Wellness Practioner, www.mybodycanhealitself.ca elisabethlhines@gmail.com

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HEAVY METALS: Dangerous To Your Brain

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Heavy metals are a serious concern and found to be responsible for many environmentally related illnesses.

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I work with many clients who have various health challenges including compromised brain function and memory. For each person that presents with compromised health I recommend various detoxification and healing strategies.  There are many natural substances that can bind with harmful toxic and foreign materials found in the brain and body. Once these have been detoxified from the body and brain, the body’s natural healing capacities can function unobstructed. Your brain can recover.

Aluminum is an extremely harmful substance often found in the brains at autopsy after an Alzheimers death. Aluminum is found in deodorants, foil, cooking utensils, air pollution, tap water and vaccines.

Doctors Are Now Warning: If you use aluminum foil, stop it or face deadly consequences!

This is an excellent video by a doctor on the subject: http://launch.newsinc.com/share.html?trackingGroup=69016&siteSection=americanoverlook&videoId=31638091

The first step in eliminating heavy metal related health challenges is to start avoiding heavy metals from everyday usages and exposures.

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The body has many detoxification abilities which may need some help.  Effective detoxification requires healthy liver function. Make sure you are drinking the right water to promote healthy natural detoxification. Learn more about what natural substances bind with toxic substances in my book THE WHOLE PERSON WELL-BEING EQUATION. You will find a chart of binding and detoxifying substances with research links.  Some essential oils taken internally can also promote detoxification of the harmful substances in your body.  Learn more by contacting me.

Elisabeth Hines, C.N.C., C.B.P., Holistic Wellness Practitioner, www.mybodycanhealitself.ca

MEMORY: Where, Oh Where, Have You Gone?

 

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The cartoon that I have selected above for this post has a double meaning.  Your brain/mind is like the operating system of your computer.  We all know how messed up our computers can get at times. We’ll, our brains/minds can also get messed up by a number of interfering/damaging factors – resulting in compromised brain computer memory.

I know that memory loss is no laughing matter.  My mother suffered from serious memory challenges – dementia – in her late 80’s. Our hope as a family was always that it never got to the point where our mother didn’t know us.  A fall in her 80’s where my mother broke 6 ribs, combined with her having no recall of the incident and prescribed limitations imposed due to the injury – has presented additional care challenges.

Memory loss is a sad reality that many people have to face as they watch their parents age. Many people even younger are experiencing memory issues. So what is going wrong? Do people who live in the ‘blue zones‘ of the world experience the same degree of compromised memory?

Memory involves three processes: encoding, storage and retrieval.  These processes are carried out by various parts of the brain. Obviously something is going ‘wrong’ in the brain – resulting in compromised memory.

WHAT COULD POSSIBLY BE RESPONSIBLE FOR COMPROMISED MEMORY?

WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG

WHAT CAN YOU DO ABOUT COMPROMISED MEMORY?

Scientific studies on Melissa oil for Alzheimer’s has provided positive results.  In latest human trials, aromatherapy using rosemary is an efficacious non-pharmacological therapy for dementia and may have some potential for improving cognitive function, especially in Alzheimer’s disease patients, due to its free radical scavenging activity.  Essential oil therapy is an important holistic therapy to add to your ‘well-being toolbox’ to help in your pursuit of ‘symptom free’ status. Check out the neuroprotective ‘memory protection’ essential oil recipe that I use.

Wishing you and yours optimum memory as you age!

Let me get you started on your essential oil therapy for memory improvement.

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Sources:

http://www.psr.org/environment-and-health/confronting-toxics/heavy-metals/

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003257.htm

http://www.webmd.com/brain/memory-loss

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/alzheimers-disease/in-depth/memory-loss/art-20046326

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2221169115001033

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YOUR DRINKING WATER: A possible connection to Alzheimers, Dementia and your physical symptoms.

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Water is so important to our health and yet we often times pay little attention to it when our health fails. Getting enough water every day is vital; but getting the right kind of water is even more critical to health

What kind of water should we be drinking? Look to nature for that information. The best source of water to maintain a healthy body is water in its natural form minus any contaminants. Drinking water that has had the naturally occurring minerals removed (e.g. reverse osmosis) may leave us with unwanted toxicities. The minerals bind to harmful substances and remove them from the body.

Aluminum toxicity can occur in persons who drink water that is missing these vital components, which are required to bind to aluminum and remove it from the body. Aluminum toxicity has been a suspected health concern,  especially in mental conditions like Alzheimers and dementia.

When investigating your mental health concerns make sure you take a close look at the water you are drinking and bathing in on a daily basis. Your skin is your largest organ so make sure your filtration methods address shower and bath water as well as drinking water.

When investigating your physical health concerns it is also important to look at the drinking water.  Your body requires a daily ongoing intake of water with naturally occurring minerals to bind with toxins and remove them from your body. Many health conditions can result from a body that is not regularly naturally detoxified by healthy drinking water.

Some water filtration methods use harmful chemicals in the purification process. The natural occurring minerals in the water will help bind to the harmful chemicals and remove them.

ROS (Reverse Osmosis Systems) come with additional health challenges:

After analyzing hundreds of scientific studies concerning demineralized or reverse osmosis water, the World Health Organization released a report stating that such water “has a definite adverse influence on the animal and human organism.”  HEALTH RISKS FROM DRINKING  DEMINERALISED WATER by Frantisek Kozisek,  National Institute of Public Health Czech Republic – www.who.int/water_sanitation_health/dwq/nutrientschap12.pdf,

Watch the video for the WHO position on ROS water at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pImBLrOHbKk

Research reports stress that long term consumption of de-mineralized water can in fact be dangerous. Dr. Zolton Rona‚ author of The Joy of Health‚ states that “the longer one consumes distilled water‚ the more likely the development of mineral deficiencies and an acid state.” Dr. Paavo Airola‚ cancer expert and author of “How to Get Well” and “Cancer… Causes‚ Prevention and Healing” also reports that “long term consumption of distilled water eventually results in multiple mineral deficiencies.”

Source: http://www.discountjuicers.com/healthywater.html

Drinking water that has been softened with salt also brings with it health concerns:

  • Drinking softened water will increase sodium levels (most diets are already higher than normal), risk higher lead exposure and can cause physical dehydration.
  • Softened water has been stripped of trace minerals that are essential to the proper functioning of the human body. Calcium and magnesium are needed by the body. Diets high in these minerals (most diets are not) will not compensate for the absence of these necessary minerals in drinking water.
  • The absence of calcium and magnesium (due to softened water) causes imbalance in the body’s homeostasis, can lead to increased urination, a decrease in red blood cells and risk of cardiovascular disease.
  • Increased risk of high blood pressure.
  • Increased risk of fluid retention.

Check out this post on toxic heavy metals in drinking water and which water filter did the best job removing them https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=759294194137138&id=532340573499169.

 

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Sources:

http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/165315-overview

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alzheimer’s_disease

http://heartdisease.answers.com/reducing-risk/water-softening-sodium-and-heart-disease

http://www.livestrong.com/article/230077-health-effects-of-drinking-soft-water/

http://www.wisegeek.com/what-are-the-pros-and-cons-of-drinking-soft-water.htm

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