The evidence seems incontrovertible that low grade inflammation weakens the brain endothelium and promotes neurodegeneration. For a thorough review see Dr David Perlmutter’s article:
The Role of Inflammation in Neurodegenerative Disorders: Integrative Approaches to Challenging Neurological Disorders
An anti-inflammatory diet and lifestyle change (stress reduction, exercise, gluten free/Paleo diet) are critical for endothelial health. Anti-inflammatory foods help to keep the immune system in balance and not over-inflame when stimulated. To effectively decrease inflammation it is essential to completely avoid man-made foods, sugars, gluten and food allergens.
Anti-inflammatory foods include, but are not limited to coconut products, berries, and non-denatured, whey protein from grass-fed cows and goats. Anti-inflammatory herbs such as turmeric, ginger, boswellia, cinnamon, rosemary, & oregano among others should be used as much as possible.
Naturally fermented foods such as red cabbage sauerkraut, kimchi, & coconut kefir are excellent foods for restoring healthy gut bacteria.which is essential in decreasing inflammation. Additionally, a high quality probiotic supplement with 50+ billion microorganisms should be consumed regularly.
A balanced immune response in the body is also dependent upon healthy vitamin D levels. Vitamin D helps the body recognize between foreign and self proteins. This reduces inflammation and auto-immune reactions.Healthy Vitamin D3 levels should be between 60-100 ng/ml. Be sure to get tested and supplement if necessary.
The Hubbard Foundation believes that people should be tested for low grade inflammation. These are some tests you might consider:
High sensitivity C-reactive Protein
Here’s some more information:
To help decrease inflammation we recommend the use of Tumeric (curcumin is the main anti-inflammatory component of Tumeric).
You can make a delicious tea which you can drink hot or cold throughout the day:
Add the juice of a lemon or lime to a cup of hot water. Add a few slices of fresh ginger, a sprinkle of turmeric and cayenne with a little bit of Stevia ….if you like your tea sweet.
In addition, you can add some supplements such as:
Neprinol (systemic enzymes which help to thin the blood by removing fibrin)
We also recommend eating lots of dark colorful vegetables, grass fed beef, free range chicken and eggs. Ridding your diet of simple carbs like rice, pasta, bread and sugars you can reduce inflammation.
We believe being under the care of an integrative medicine, functional medicine or naturopathic doctor can be of great benefit.
To find a naturopath near you go to:
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