Maintaining Mental Health
Cognitive and neurological health refers to the health of the brain and how efficiently the brain communicates with the body while maintaining a host of other functions such as memory, judgment, language, spacial sensing, recognition, dealing with colors, images and numbers as well as the ability to learn.
Common Cognitive Symptoms
Issues with cognitive or neurological health can be diverse, ranging from symptoms that are accepted as “just part of getting older” – like brain fog or forgetting names, to more serious signs of cognitive impairment and enzyme function like dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
Through medical research, we are now realizing that many symptoms of cognitive decline actually originate in other parts of the body, not just the brain itself; this includes depression and anxiety.
I also find in my practice that other neurological problems — typically brought on by head injuries from sports or car accidents — aren’t always given the proper treatment at the time of occurrence. This can cause neurological issues later on in life, leading to depression, vertigo, poor balance, and change in sleep patterns.
The Functional Medicine Approach
The Functional Medicine approach to healing cognitive decline is also a “whole body” approach to therapy.
This means we look at all the systems in the body to see how they are impacting your brain, including your gut and hormone balance, as well as deficiencies in key nutritients.
We also look at your toxic load and analyze how your environment might be impacting your brain. I see this often with my patients who have brain health issues due to toxic mold exposure, heavy metal poisoning, or dealing with high levels of inflammation due to gut imbalances.
We often test to see if you have undiagnosed food allergies that can cause gut issues as well as brain fog, anxiety, and insomnia.
Through advanced medical research we’ve recently discovered that nutrition plays a huge part in the health of your brain. Nutrition is unfortunately not a current part of standard medical school training. However, it is a primary focus in functional medicine training.
Current medical literature that deficiencies in key brain nutrients could be to blame for many cognitive issues – which can be corrected with high-quality, medical grade supplementation and a functional nutrition diet.
Only with a deep understanding of the complex interplay between the gut, inflammation, hormonal health and other factors, can a functional medicine-trained practitioner assess the true causes of cognitive decline.
This approach is not only healing for your brain, but also benefits your entire body, as we address issues in your body’s systems as a whole and help you to make the needed changes to get your health back on track.
The earlier cognitive impairments are diagnosed, the sooner you can start addressing them – so feel free to schedule a complimentary phone consultation to see what the best next steps are for you.
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