You are what you eat. Inflammation in the body can be caused by food and this can slow the recovery process. Sugar, gluten and the night shades (tomato, pepper, potato, cabbage, eggplant) all cause inflammation in the body. There are a wide range of practitioners that can help you through this process such as a nutritionist, acupuncturist, natural path, etc.
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Treatment Reviews by Patients
Eliminating sugar, gluten and the night shades from my diet changed my recovery. It helped my pain level and sensitivities to triggers. I highly recommend eliminated trigger foods and slowly reintroducing them to see if they cause issues for you. Inflammation will always cause a delay in recovery for any injury and will trigger migraines.
I’m allergic to Gluten, but always ‘got by’. However, Gluten causes inflammation and with a brain injury it was throwing fuel on a fire. Dr. Cook also explained to me that through my injury I did damage to my blood-brain barrier and it has holes in it now. So anything that I ate or was exposed to could now travel directly into my brain. I lost that natural barrier that protects the brain from pathogens or harmful things in the body. So when I ate gluten it literally attacked my brain, caused me to be extremely foggy headed and have feelings of a minor concussion. By removing Gluten I’ve eliminated a major factor that negatively affected my brain.
I am on an anti-inflammatory diet and try to avoid sugar, gluten, and carbs. This diet reduced the foggy feeling in morning and my neck wasn’t as tight (use to always feel like some thing was gripping it). Pasta is a big one for me, after eating it my neck would be extremely stiff the neck day. Overall, I am in happier mood with less headaches and reduced noise/light sensitivity.
Why is going gluten-free so important for brain healing? Gluten has a molecular make-up very similar to cerebellar tissue. The cerebellum is the region of the brain dedicated to balance. When a body makes antibodies to react to gluten, these antibodies can attack both particles of gluten and your cerebellum. This is an autoimmune reaction that destroys your brain. The structure of gluten also has “molecular mimicry” to synapsin. What’s this? Synapsin dictates the release of neurotransmitters, which allow brain cells to talk to each other. If these are under attack, your brain is obviously not going to operate as well. But what if I don’t have Celiac’s Disease? Doesn’t matter- inflammation of the brain can still occur. Also, gluten ataxia can occur. Ataxia is a word describing a lack of motor control, and this can affect your movements even if you are not consciously aware. Another negative of consuming wheat is that wheat germ can cross the blood-brain barrier. It can then attach to myelin, which will block the normal path of growth factors. This prevents the brain’s natural ability to repair itself, both from TBI damage and everyday damage. Dairy is one of the two most inflammatory foods for our brains. Coconut, on the other hand, is anti-inflammatory and therefore helps ease the symptoms of brain damage.
For your brain to recover you do not want any inflammation in the body. I am currently in school to become a Holistic Nutritionist. My diet has been my main cure the last 7 years. I have gotten rid of migraines and other post concussive symptoms. I recommend watching Terry Whals, Ted Talk on Mitochondria and her book is a great start! I will be starting a Youtube channel soon to go over my diet and supplements for brain and concussion recovery.