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Natural Ways to Fix a Leaky Blood-Brain Barrier in Functional Neurology Part 2

Natural Ways to Fix a Leaky Blood-Brain Barrier in Functional Neurology Part 2

The blood-brain barrier is a protective shield that allows nutrients to enter the brain while keeping harmful components in the bloodstream from passing into the brain. However, many factors can cause a leaky blood-brain barrier. This can allow harmful components to penetrate the blood-brain brain, ultimately causing inflammation and brain health issues. A leaky blood-brain barrier is associated with many mental health issues and neurological diseases, including anxiety, depression, brain fog, fatigue, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and schizophrenia. In the article below, we will discuss natural ways which have been demonstrated to help fix a leaky blood-brain barrier and improve overall brain health.  

Take Berberine

A variety of plants have an alkaloid known as berberine. This extracted substance has anti-inflammatory properties and it can ultimately promote brain health by protecting neurons. Scientists have also found that taking berberine can help lower “bad” cholesterol, improve gut health, and many others believe it may even have possible antidepressant properties. Other research studies have shown that it can reduce inflammation, improve blood-brain barrier permeability and decrease damage following a traumatic brain injury. However, further research studies are still required to demonstrate these effects.  

Avoid Exposure to Mold

Mold and mycotoxins, or toxic metabolites released by mold, can cause severe brain health issues in people with certain sensitivities and intolerances. Exposure to these can also cause a leaky blood-brain barrier. In 2010, scientists demonstrated that exposure to mold and mycotoxins can increase BBB permeability by breaking down the blood-brain barrier. Moreover, low amounts of mold and mycotoxins can also be found in the foods we eat, including nuts, tea, coffee, and chocolate. Charcoal or bentonite clay supplements are powerful remedies that can capture toxins and release them out of the body.  

Take B Vitamins

According to healthcare professionals, B vitamins have been found to help improve a leaky blood-brain barrier. B vitamin deficiencies can ultimately affect brain health. Taking vitamin B1 (thiamine) supplements can help fix BBB permeability. Research studies have also shown that vitamins B6, B9, and B12 can help improve brain health in older adults with increased homocysteine and moderate cognitive impairment. Homocysteine is an inflammatory component that can breakdown the blood-brain barrier. Fortunately, healthcare professionals have found that taking B vitamins can balance the blood-brain barrier.  

Take Magnesium

Magnesium is a fundamental mineral that plays a vital role in a variety of structures and functions in the body, including enzyme, hormonal, and neurotransmitter activity. Magnesium is also one of the nutrients that people are most deficient in. This important mineral can increase growth hormones in the brain, support mitochondria, protect the brain from alcohol and help people overcome addiction and withdrawal. Research studies have also shown that taking magnesium can improve BBB permeability. Bananas, avocado, spinach, chard, almonds, pumpkin seeds, and dark chocolate have magnesium.  

Take R-Lipoic Acid (RLA) and Acetyl-Carnitine (ALCAR)

R-Lipoic Acid (RLA) is a fat-soluble and stable, bioavailable form of lipoic acid or an antioxidant created by the body, that can pass through the blood-brain barrier and enter the brain. This essential antioxidant can also protect the brain from alcohol and support mitochondria. Research studies have found that RLA can decrease oxidative stress and inflammation as well as improve BBB permeability and. Acetyl-Carnitine (ALCAR) is an acetylated form of the amino acid carnitine that is synergistic with RLA. ALCAR is neuroprotective and it can help people improve brain fog as well as addiction and withdrawal.  

Eat or Take Turmeric or Curcumin

Turmeric or curcumin, the spice that gives curry its yellowish color, is another fundamental ingredient for brain health that can help reduce stress and increase growth hormones in the brain. Turmeric or curcumin can also improve BBB permeability and promote overall brain health by maintaining and regulating the integrity of the blood-brain barrier. Research studies have also found that eating or taking turmeric or curcumin can help prevent damage to the blood-brain barrier due to glucose and oxygen deprivation by considerably decreasing oxidative stress and inflammation in the brain and body.  

Take Vitamin D

Vitamin D is another fat-soluble vitamin that the skin produces when exposed to the sun. The brain, heart, muscles, and immune system, among other cells and tissues in the body, have vitamin D receptors. This fat-soluble vitamin is fundamental for a variety of structures and functions. Vitamin D deficiencies can also cause a variety of brain health issues and neurological diseases. Scientists have shown that vitamin D can decrease inflammation and improve BBB permeability. Vitamin D has also been demonstrated to help protect endothelial cells and improve BBB permeability in patients with multiple sclerosis.  

Take Citicoline or Alpha GPC

Citicoline or CDP-Choline is another essential B vitamin and bioavailable form of choline. This substance can help improve brain fog. Research studies have also found that citicoline or CDP-Choline can prevent the breakdown of the blood-brain barrier following a stroke or traumatic brain injury and brain ischemia. Alpha GPC is another form of choline that has been shown to help support the blood-brain barrier. Scientists have also found that it can fix damage to the blood-brain barrier following a stroke or TBI, restoring cognitive function. You can also find some choline in egg yolks and beef liver.  

Avoid Exposure to EMFs

According to a variety of research studies, radiofrequency electromagnetic fields or EMFs emitted from smartphones, laptops, and WiFi can affect the brain and mental health. Radiofrequency electromagnetic fields or EMFs can cause a leaky blood-brain barrier.��Several other research studies have found that radiofrequency electromagnetic fields or EMFs can increase BBB permeability. Increased blood-brain barrier permeability may ultimately result in the accumulation of brain cell and tissue damage as well as cognitive impairment. It’s important to be aware of the effects of being exposed to these devices.   Dr. Alex Jimenez Insights Image
Many factors can cause a leaky blood-brain barrier, ultimately causing increased BBB permeability, oxidative stress, inflammation and a variety of brain and mental health issues, including neurodegenerative diseases. The blood-brain barrier is a protective shield which allows nutrients to enter the brain while keeping harmful components in the bloodstream from passing into the brain. A leaky blood-brain barrier is associated with anxiety, depression, brain fog, fatigue, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and schizophrenia. Fortunately, several natural ways have been demonstrated to help improve overall brain health and wellness as well as help fix a leaky blood-brain barrier. – Dr. Alex Jimenez D.C., C.C.S.T. Insight
  The blood-brain barrier is a protective shield that allows nutrients to enter the brain while keeping harmful components in the bloodstream from passing into the brain. However, many factors can cause a leaky blood-brain barrier. This can allow harmful components to penetrate the blood-brain brain, ultimately causing inflammation and brain health issues. A leaky blood-brain barrier is associated with many mental health issues and neurological diseases, including anxiety, depression, brain fog, fatigue, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and schizophrenia. In the article above, we discussed more natural ways which have been demonstrated to help fix a leaky blood-brain barrier and improve overall brain health.  

The scope of our information is limited to chiropractic, musculoskeletal, and nervous health issues or functional medicine articles, topics, and discussions. We use functional health protocols to treat injuries or disorders of the musculoskeletal system. Our office has made a reasonable attempt to provide supportive citations and has identified the relevant research study or studies supporting our posts. We also make copies of supporting research studies available to the board and or the public upon request. To further discuss the subject matter above, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at 915-850-0900.�

  Curated by Dr. Alex Jimenez   References:
  • The Star Academy. �How to Repair a Leaky Blood-Brain Barrier.� The Star Academy, The Star Academy, 16 Oct. 2018, thestaracademy.co.za/repair-leaky-blood-brain-barrier/.
 
 

Neurotransmitter Assessment Form

[wp-embedder-pack width=”100%” height=”1050px” download=”all” download-text=”” attachment_id=”52657″ /]   The following Neurotransmitter Assessment Form can be filled out and presented to Dr. Alex Jimenez. The following symptoms listed on this form are not intended to be utilized as a diagnosis of any type of disease, condition, or any other type of health issue.  
 

Additional Topic Discussion: Chronic Pain

Sudden pain is a natural response of the nervous system which helps to demonstrate possible injury. By way of instance, pain signals travel from an injured region through the nerves and spinal cord to the brain. Pain is generally less severe as the injury heals, however, chronic pain is different than the average type of pain. With chronic pain, the human body will continue sending pain signals to the brain, regardless if the injury has healed. Chronic pain can last for several weeks to even several years. Chronic pain can tremendously affect a patient’s mobility and it can reduce flexibility, strength, and endurance.    
 

Neural Zoomer Plus for Neurological Disease

Neural Zoomer Plus | El Paso, TX Chiropractor   Dr. Alex Jimenez utilizes a series of tests to help evaluate neurological diseases. The Neural ZoomerTM Plus is an array of neurological autoantibodies which offers specific antibody-to-antigen recognition. The Vibrant Neural ZoomerTM Plus is designed to assess an individual�s reactivity to 48 neurological antigens with connections to a variety of neurologically related diseases. The Vibrant Neural ZoomerTM Plus aims to reduce neurological conditions by empowering patients and physicians with a vital resource for early risk detection and an enhanced focus on personalized primary prevention.  

Food Sensitivity for the IgG & IgA Immune Response

Food Sensitivity Zoomer | El Paso, TX Chiropractor   Dr. Alex Jimenez utilizes a series of tests to help evaluate health issues associated with food sensitivities. The Food Sensitivity ZoomerTM is an array of 180 commonly consumed food antigens that offers very specific antibody-to-antigen recognition. This panel measures an individual�s IgG and IgA sensitivity to food antigens. Being able to test IgA antibodies provides additional information to foods that may be causing mucosal damage. Additionally, this test is ideal for patients who might be suffering from delayed reactions to certain foods. Utilizing an antibody-based food sensitivity test can help prioritize the necessary foods to eliminate and create a customized diet plan around the patient�s specific needs.  

Gut Zoomer for Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO)

Gut Zoomer | El Paso, TX Chiropractor   Dr. Alex Jimenez utilizes a series of tests to help evaluate gut health associated with small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO). The Vibrant Gut ZoomerTM offers a report that includes dietary recommendations and other natural supplementation like prebiotics, probiotics, and polyphenols. The gut microbiome is mainly found in the large intestine and it has more than 1000 species of bacteria that play a fundamental role in the human body, from shaping the immune system and affecting the metabolism of nutrients to strengthening the intestinal mucosal barrier (gut-barrier). It is essential to understand how the number of bacteria that symbiotically live in the human gastrointestinal (GI) tract influences gut health because imbalances in the gut microbiome may ultimately lead to gastrointestinal (GI) tract symptoms, skin conditions, autoimmune disorders, immune system imbalances, and multiple inflammatory disorders.  
Dunwoody Labs: Comprehensive Stool with Parasitology | El Paso, TX Chiropractor
GI-MAP: GI Microbial Assay Plus | El Paso, TX Chiropractor
 

Formulas for Methylation Support

Xymogen Formulas - El Paso, TX

  XYMOGEN�s Exclusive Professional Formulas are available through select licensed health care professionals. The internet sale and discounting of XYMOGEN formulas are strictly prohibited.

 

Proudly,�Dr. Alexander Jimenez makes XYMOGEN formulas available only to patients under our care.

 

Please call our office in order for us to assign a doctor consultation for immediate access.

 

If you are a patient of Injury Medical & Chiropractic�Clinic, you may inquire about XYMOGEN by calling 915-850-0900. xymogen el paso, tx For your convenience and review of the XYMOGEN products please review the following link. *XYMOGEN-Catalog-Download   * All of the above XYMOGEN policies remain strictly in force.  
   
 

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Natural Ways to Fix a Leaky Blood-Brain Barrier in Functional Neurology Part 1

Natural Ways to Fix a Leaky Blood-Brain Barrier in Functional Neurology Part 1

The blood-brain barrier is a protective shield that allows nutrients to enter the brain while keeping harmful components in the bloodstream from passing into the brain. However, many factors can cause a leaky blood-brain barrier. This can allow harmful components to penetrate the blood-brain brain, ultimately causing inflammation and brain health issues. A leaky blood-brain barrier is associated with many mental health issues and neurological diseases, including anxiety, depression, brain fog, fatigue, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and schizophrenia. In the article below, we will discuss natural ways which have been demonstrated to help fix a leaky blood-brain barrier and improve overall brain health.  

Improve Gut Health

Understanding the connection between the brain and the gut is important to treat a leaky blood-brain barrier. In 2014, scientists found that a group of mice that didn’t have bacteria in their gastrointestinal tract had very leaky blood-brain barriers. However, when the scientists of the research study introduced bacteria into the intestines of the unhealthy mice through a fecal transfer, their BBB permeability considerably improved. Increasing good bacteria in your gut can ultimately help improve a leaky blood-brain barrier. Eating probiotics, prebiotic fiber, and fermented foods can increase good bacteria in your GI tract.  

Avoid Eating Gluten

According to many healthcare professionals, we should avoid eating gluten to promote brain health. In 2006, scientists found that gluten can cause a leaky blood-brain barrier because it increases zonulin, a protein that affects BBB permeability and results in neuroinflammation. Gluten sensitivity or intolerance can also cause visible changes in the white matter of the brain. Dr. David Perlmutter, MD, author of Grain Brain and Brain Maker states that gliadin, another protein found in gluten, can also affect BBB permeability. Moreover, other food sensitivities or intolerances can also cause a leaky blood-brain barrier.  

Eat Food with Sulforaphane

Cruciferous vegetables, including Brussels sprouts, cabbage, and broccoli, among others, have sulforaphane, a phytochemical and well-known antioxidant with powerful anti-inflammatory properties, similar to turmeric or curcumin. Many research studies have shown that sulforaphane can help improve a leaky blood-brain barrier by decreasing BBB permeability, preventing the breakdown of the BBB, and improving cognitive functions after stroke and traumatic brain injuries. Sulforaphane in myrosinase-activated supplement form can also be taken. Myrosinase is an enzyme in broccoli that helps metabolize sulforaphane.  

Eat Food with Resveratrol or Pterostilbene

Foods like raspberries, grapes, red wine, and dark chocolate have resveratrol, another powerful antioxidant with potent anti-inflammatory properties that can help prevent the development of neurodegenerative diseases caused by a leaky blood-brain barrier. Scientists have found that eating food with resveratrol can ultimately help promote growth hormones in the brain and support mitochondria function. According to research studies, resveratrol can also protect the blood-brain barrier. Numerous other research studies have also found that eating foods with resveratrol can have other health benefits, including:  
  • Decreasing a leaky blood-brain barrier
  • Protecting the blood-brain barrier
  • Improving blood-brain barrier permeability
  Research studies have also shown that resveratrol can help protect the blood-brain barrier against oxidized LDL-induced damage. Furthermore, scientists believe that eating food with resveratrol may be a safe and effective way to naturally reduce the severity of multiple sclerosis.�Foods like blueberries have pterostilbene, a substance similar to resveratrol, that can also help protect the blood-brain barrier by decreasing oxidative stress and inflammation. Many healthcare professionals also refer to pterostilbene as the “better resveratrol” because it is often believed to be best absorbed by the body than resveratrol.  

Drink More Coffee

Caffeine can help promote overall brain health and support the blood-brain barrier. Research studies have shown that drinking coffee can help prevent the development of dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, and Parkinson’s disease, among other health issues, by protecting the BBB. Scientists have also found that caffeine blocks blood-brain barrier permeability. Other research studies have also shown that drinking coffee can help prevent neurodegeneration by balancing the BBB. Because drinking coffee and caffeine can commonly affect sleep, however, make sure to consume these early in the morning.  

Take Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3 fatty acids are essential fats that are primarily found in fish. Although the body can’t produce these by itself, they are necessary for overall brain health. Omega-3 fatty acids can also help increase the growth hormones in the brain, help support mitochondria function, or help people overcome addiction and withdrawal, as well as help protect the blood-brain barrier. Scientists have found that taking omega-3 fatty acids can decrease damage to the BBB following a stroke or TBI and improve BBB permeability in people with multiple sclerosis. Omega-3 fatty acids can also be taken in supplement form.  

Take Melatonin and Improve Sleep

Sleep is fundamental for brain health. Poor sleep has also been shown to increase blood-brain barrier permeability. Taking melatonin supplements can also help improve sleep.�Melatonin is a hormone that is released by a small gland in the brain, known as the pineal gland. Melatonin helps regulate the circadian rhythm, or sleep and wake cycles. Enough melatonin is necessary to fall asleep quickly and sleep deeply throughout the night. Research studies have also shown that taking melatonin can help balance the blood-brain barrier and prevent further damage following a stroke and/or traumatic brain injury.  

Manage and Reduce Stress

According to research studies, stress can ultimately damage the blood-brain barrier. Chronic stress has also been found to increase inflammation and BBB permeability. Fortunately, managing and reducing stress can help fix the blood-brain barrier. Massage, acupuncture, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), emotional freedom techniques (EFT), heart-rate variability (HRV) training, and mindfulness meditation can also help manage and reduce stress. Taking supplements to help improve stress can also include, zinc, magnesium, ashwagandha, and phosphatidylserine, among others.  

Avoid Drinking Alcohol

According to healthcare professionals, drinking too much alcohol can cause a leaky blood-brain barrier. Research studies have shown that acetaldehyde, a byproduct of alcohol metabolism, can increase oxidative stress and affect the blood-brain barrier, resulting in inflammation and a variety of neurological diseases and brain health issues. Although some types of alcohol are better than others, it’s best to considerably decrease or avoid drinking alcohol. If you suspect that you may have a leaky blood-brain barrier, make sure to talk to your doctor about how drinking too much alcohol may cause a leaky BBB.   Dr. Alex Jimenez Insights Image
Many factors can cause a leaky blood-brain barrier, ultimately causing increased BBB permeability, oxidative stress, inflammation and a variety of brain and mental health issues, including neurodegenerative diseases. The blood-brain barrier is a protective shield which allows nutrients to enter the brain while keeping harmful components in the bloodstream from passing into the brain. A leaky blood-brain barrier is associated with anxiety, depression, brain fog, fatigue, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and schizophrenia. Fortunately, several natural ways have been demonstrated to help improve overall brain health and wellness as well as help fix a leaky blood-brain barrier. – Dr. Alex Jimenez D.C., C.C.S.T. Insight
  The blood-brain barrier is a protective shield that allows nutrients to enter the brain while keeping harmful components in the bloodstream from passing into the brain. However, many factors can cause a leaky blood-brain barrier. This can allow harmful components to penetrate the blood-brain brain, ultimately causing inflammation and brain health issues. A leaky blood-brain barrier is associated with many mental health issues and neurological diseases, including anxiety, depression, brain fog, fatigue, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and schizophrenia. In the next article, we will discuss more natural ways which have been demonstrated to help fix a leaky blood-brain barrier and improve overall brain health.  

The scope of our information is limited to chiropractic, musculoskeletal, and nervous health issues or functional medicine articles, topics, and discussions. We use functional health protocols to treat injuries or disorders of the musculoskeletal system. Our office has made a reasonable attempt to provide supportive citations and has identified the relevant research study or studies supporting our posts. We also make copies of supporting research studies available to the board and or the public upon request. To further discuss the subject matter above, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at 915-850-0900.�

  Curated by Dr. Alex Jimenez   References:
  • The Star Academy. �How to Repair a Leaky Blood-Brain Barrier.� The Star Academy, The Star Academy, 16 Oct. 2018, thestaracademy.co.za/repair-leaky-blood-brain-barrier/.
 
 

Neurotransmitter Assessment Form

[wp-embedder-pack width=”100%” height=”1050px” download=”all” download-text=”” attachment_id=”52657″ /]   The following Neurotransmitter Assessment Form can be filled out and presented to Dr. Alex Jimenez. The following symptoms listed on this form are not intended to be utilized as a diagnosis of any type of disease, condition, or any other type of health issue.  
 

Additional Topic Discussion: Chronic Pain

Sudden pain is a natural response of the nervous system which helps to demonstrate possible injury. By way of instance, pain signals travel from an injured region through the nerves and spinal cord to the brain. Pain is generally less severe as the injury heals, however, chronic pain is different than the average type of pain. With chronic pain, the human body will continue sending pain signals to the brain, regardless if the injury has healed. Chronic pain can last for several weeks to even several years. Chronic pain can tremendously affect a patient’s mobility and it can reduce flexibility, strength, and endurance.    
 

Neural Zoomer Plus for Neurological Disease

Neural Zoomer Plus | El Paso, TX Chiropractor Dr. Alex Jimenez utilizes a series of tests to help evaluate neurological diseases. The Neural ZoomerTM Plus is an array of neurological autoantibodies which offers specific antibody-to-antigen recognition. The Vibrant Neural ZoomerTM Plus is designed to assess an individual�s reactivity to 48 neurological antigens with connections to a variety of neurologically related diseases. The Vibrant Neural ZoomerTM Plus aims to reduce neurological conditions by empowering patients and physicians with a vital resource for early risk detection and an enhanced focus on personalized primary prevention.  

Food Sensitivity for the IgG & IgA Immune Response

Food Sensitivity Zoomer | El Paso, TX Chiropractor Dr. Alex Jimenez utilizes a series of tests to help evaluate health issues associated with food sensitivities. The Food Sensitivity ZoomerTM is an array of 180 commonly consumed food antigens that offers very specific antibody-to-antigen recognition. This panel measures an individual�s IgG and IgA sensitivity to food antigens. Being able to test IgA antibodies provides additional information to foods that may be causing mucosal damage. Additionally, this test is ideal for patients who might be suffering from delayed reactions to certain foods. Utilizing an antibody-based food sensitivity test can help prioritize the necessary foods to eliminate and create a customized diet plan around the patient�s specific needs.  

Gut Zoomer for Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO)

Gut Zoomer | El Paso, TX Chiropractor Dr. Alex Jimenez utilizes a series of tests to help evaluate gut health associated with small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO). The Vibrant Gut ZoomerTM offers a report that includes dietary recommendations and other natural supplementation like prebiotics, probiotics, and polyphenols. The gut microbiome is mainly found in the large intestine and it has more than 1000 species of bacteria that play a fundamental role in the human body, from shaping the immune system and affecting the metabolism of nutrients to strengthening the intestinal mucosal barrier (gut-barrier). It is essential to understand how the number of bacteria that symbiotically live in the human gastrointestinal (GI) tract influences gut health because imbalances in the gut microbiome may ultimately lead to gastrointestinal (GI) tract symptoms, skin conditions, autoimmune disorders, immune system imbalances, and multiple inflammatory disorders.  
Dunwoody Labs: Comprehensive Stool with Parasitology | El Paso, TX Chiropractor
GI-MAP: GI Microbial Assay Plus | El Paso, TX Chiropractor
 

Formulas for Methylation Support

Xymogen Formulas - El Paso, TX

  XYMOGEN�s Exclusive Professional Formulas are available through select licensed health care professionals. The internet sale and discounting of XYMOGEN formulas are strictly prohibited.

 

Proudly,�Dr. Alexander Jimenez makes XYMOGEN formulas available only to patients under our care.

 

Please call our office in order for us to assign a doctor consultation for immediate access.

 

If you are a patient of Injury Medical & Chiropractic�Clinic, you may inquire about XYMOGEN by calling 915-850-0900. xymogen el paso, tx   For your convenience and review of the XYMOGEN products please review the following link. *XYMOGEN-Catalog-Download   * All of the above XYMOGEN policies remain strictly in force.  
 
Functional Neurology: 8 Steps to Improve a Leaky Blood-Brain Barrier

Functional Neurology: 8 Steps to Improve a Leaky Blood-Brain Barrier

How often do you feel agitated, easily upset, and nervous between meals? How often do you have difficulty concentrating before eating? How often does your energy level drop in the afternoon? Inflammation associated with a leaky blood-brain barrier can cause a variety of brain health issues. Our brain is a complex organ that controls various structures and functions of our body, from our memory to our breathing, muscle movements, and hormones. �

 

Unfortunately, brain health issues are common in our society. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, approximately 20 percent of adults in the United States have a brain health issue and American adults spend about $113 billion on treatment every year. Additionally, these statistics don’t even include the treatment cost of autoimmune brain health issues, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and autism. In the article below, we will discuss how inflammation is associated with a “leaky” blood-brain barrier and what you can do to improve a variety of brain health issues. �

 

“Leaky” Blood-Brain Barriers and Inflammation

Scientists have previously discussed how leaky gut syndrome, a well-known digestive health issue that affects the lining of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, can be associated with various health issues. However, current research studies have shown that leaky gut syndrome may also be associated with a leaky blood-brain barrier or the breakdown of the blood-brain barrier.�The gut-brain connection ultimately suggests that a “leaky gut” may cause a “leaky brain”. �

 

Biomarkers using the proteins occludin and zonulin can help determine the presence of leaky gut syndrome and a leaky blood-brain barrier. Scientists have demonstrated that increased antibodies against occludin and zonulin are one way to determine leaky brain syndrome. Scientists have also demonstrated that a molecule known microRNA-155 can increase with inflammation. MicroRNA-155 can ultimately cause microscopic gaps to develop in the blood-brain barrier that permitted passage to “harmful” components. This permeability can trigger the brain’s immune system and cause brain inflammation. �

 

Various research studies from the cytokine model of cognitive function evaluated how brain inflammation and a leaky blood-brain barrier may be associated with cases of anxiety, depression, brain fog, and autoimmune brain health issues. By way of instance, scientists evaluated how inflammation can decrease the activation of brain cells in the frontal lobe of people with depression. In cases of brain inflammation, using drugs and/or medications, such as antidepressants, are frequently ineffective because they aren’t treating the underlying brain inflammation. If a patient suffers from anxiety, depression, brain fog, or autoimmune brain health issues, many healthcare professionals may suggest the presence of a leaky brain or a leaky blood-brain barrier. �

 

8 Steps to Improve a Leaky Blood-Brain Barrier

Inflammation and a leaky blood-brain barrier may ultimately cause a variety of bran health issues if it’s misdiagnosed and left untreated. If you suspect you may have anxiety, depression, brain fog, or autoimmune brain health issues due to inflammation associated with a leaky blood-brain barrier, it’s important to talk to a healthcare professional to receive proper diagnosis and treatment. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to improve a leaky blood-brain barrier:�

 

  1. Evaluate your blood-brain barrier by conducting labs for blood-brain barrier proteins, which can show BBB permeability, occludin and zonulin, which can show the antibodies against these proteins, homocysteine, which shows blood-brain barrier damage or injury through the increased levels of this amino acid, and brain agers like inflammation, which can accelerate the aging of the brain. High blood sugar may also show BBB permeability.
  2. Determine a “leaky” blood-brain barrier by conducting microbiome labs. A “leaky gut” can cause a “leaky brain”. Understanding the gut-brain axis can help determine the presence of any underlying brain health issues. Bacterial imbalances and yeast overgrowths can cause neurological symptoms. By way of instance, anxiety and depression are associated with the bacteria known as Lactobacillus helveticus and Bifidobacterium longum.
  3. Prevent yourself from eating foods, such as processed, refined and sugary foods as well as other toxins, that can cause a leaky blood-brain barrier.
  4. Regulate stress for overall brain health. Research studies ultimately suggest that acute stress can increase the breakdown of the blood-brain barrier. Tai chi, yoga, and mindfulness meditation are several effective ways to help manage stress for the overall well-being of the human brain.
  5. Take natural compounds, such as apigenin, baicalein, catechins, curcumin, luteolin, resveratrol, and rutin, that have all been suggested to reduce brain inflammation. However, because the correct dosage will be different for everyone, make sure to talk to a doctor before taking natural medicine.
  6. Participate in exercise and physical activity that can help increase a brain-derived neurotrophic factor, BDNF, which helps promote brain health.
  7. Reduce your consumption of alcohol. Alcohol can stress the brain and several research studies suggest that it can affect the blood-brain barrier.
  8. Consider visiting a functional medicine practitioner to improve a leaky blood-brain barrier. While there’s no immediate fix for many chronic brain health issues, functional medicine customizes diagnostics and natural protocols based on your unique needs to help promote overall well-being.

 

Dr. Alex Jimenez Insights Image

The brain is protected by the blood-brain barrier, however, this security system can frequently prevent drugs and/or medications from being able to effectively treat brain health issues. Scientists have started working towards developing successful ways to allow treatments to penetrate the blood-brain barrier. Other research studies have demonstrated that the aging brain or neurodegeneration can cause the breakdown of the blood-brain barrier. However, research studies have demonstrated ways to restore and even reverse leaky blood-brain barriers and several brain health issues. Patients can take several steps to help improve a leaky blood-brain barrier. – Dr. Alex Jimenez D.C., C.C.S.T. Insight

 

How often do you feel agitated, easily upset, and nervous between meals? How often do you have difficulty concentrating before eating? How often does your energy level drop in the afternoon? Inflammation associated with a leaky blood-brain barrier can cause a variety of brain health issues. Our brain is a complex organ that controls various structures and functions of our body, from our memory to our breathing, muscle movements, and hormones. �

 

Unfortunately, brain health issues are common in our society. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, approximately 20 percent of adults in the United States have a brain health issue and American adults spend about $113 billion on treatment every year. Additionally, these statistics don’t even include the treatment cost of autoimmune brain health issues, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and autism. In the article above, we discussed how inflammation is associated with a “leaky” blood-brain barrier and what you can do to improve a variety of brain health issues. �

 

The scope of our information is limited to chiropractic, musculoskeletal, and nervous health issues or functional medicine articles, topics, and discussions. We use functional health protocols to treat injuries or disorders of the musculoskeletal system. Our office has made a reasonable attempt to provide supportive citations and has identified the relevant research study or studies supporting our posts. We also make copies of supporting research studies available to the board and or the public upon request. To further discuss the subject matter above, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at 915-850-0900.�

 

Curated by Dr. Alex Jimenez �

 

References:

  • Cole, William. �Signs You Might Have A �Leaky Brain� + What To Do About It.� Mindbodygreen, Mindbodygreen, 22 July 2015, www.mindbodygreen.com/0-20800/signs-you-might-have-a-leaky-brain-what-to-do-about-it.html.

 


 

Neurotransmitter Assessment Form

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The following Neurotransmitter Assessment Form can be filled out and presented to Dr. Alex Jimenez. The following symptoms listed on this form are not intended to be utilized as a diagnosis of any type of disease, condition, or any other type of health issue. �

 


 

Additional Topic Discussion: Chronic Pain

Sudden pain is a natural response of the nervous system which helps to demonstrate possible injury. By way of instance, pain signals travel from an injured region through the nerves and spinal cord to the brain. Pain is generally less severe as the injury heals, however, chronic pain is different than the average type of pain. With chronic pain, the human body will continue sending pain signals to the brain, regardless if the injury has healed. Chronic pain can last for several weeks to even several years. Chronic pain can tremendously affect a patient’s mobility and it can reduce flexibility, strength, and endurance. �

 

 


 

Neural Zoomer Plus for Neurological Disease

Neural Zoomer Plus | El Paso, TX Chiropractor

 

Dr. Alex Jimenez utilizes a series of tests to help evaluate neurological diseases. The Neural ZoomerTM Plus is an array of neurological autoantibodies which offers specific antibody-to-antigen recognition. The Vibrant Neural ZoomerTM Plus is designed to assess an individual�s reactivity to 48 neurological antigens with connections to a variety of neurologically related diseases. The Vibrant Neural ZoomerTM Plus aims to reduce neurological conditions by empowering patients and physicians with a vital resource for early risk detection and an enhanced focus on personalized primary prevention. �

 

Food Sensitivity for the IgG & IgA Immune Response

Food Sensitivity Zoomer | El Paso, TX Chiropractor

 

Dr. Alex Jimenez utilizes a series of tests to help evaluate health issues associated with food sensitivities. The Food Sensitivity ZoomerTM is an array of 180 commonly consumed food antigens that offers very specific antibody-to-antigen recognition. This panel measures an individual�s IgG and IgA sensitivity to food antigens. Being able to test IgA antibodies provides additional information to foods that may be causing mucosal damage. Additionally, this test is ideal for patients who might be suffering from delayed reactions to certain foods. Utilizing an antibody-based food sensitivity test can help prioritize the necessary foods to eliminate and create a customized diet plan around the patient�s specific needs. �

 

Gut Zoomer for Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO)

Gut Zoomer | El Paso, TX Chiropractor

 

Dr. Alex Jimenez utilizes a series of tests to help evaluate gut health associated with small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO). The Vibrant Gut ZoomerTM offers a report that includes dietary recommendations and other natural supplementation like prebiotics, probiotics, and polyphenols. The gut microbiome is mainly found in the large intestine and it has more than 1000 species of bacteria that play a fundamental role in the human body, from shaping the immune system and affecting the metabolism of nutrients to strengthening the intestinal mucosal barrier (gut-barrier). It is essential to understand how the number of bacteria that symbiotically live in the human gastrointestinal (GI) tract influences gut health because imbalances in the gut microbiome may ultimately lead to gastrointestinal (GI) tract symptoms, skin conditions, autoimmune disorders, immune system imbalances, and multiple inflammatory disorders. �

 


Dunwoody Labs: Comprehensive Stool with Parasitology | El Paso, TX Chiropractor


GI-MAP: GI Microbial Assay Plus | El Paso, TX Chiropractor


 

Formulas for Methylation Support

Xymogen Formulas - El Paso, TX

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