There’s a lot of talk on the internet about home remedies and miracle cures. You’ve probably seen ads with the words “this one trick,” so you might be skeptical about what treatments and supplements actually work. Our team at Neurohealth Services stays on top of the latest research so we can help you understand the best way to recover from brain injuries and maintain optimal brain health. Here are some routines and home remedies we recommend.
An anti-inflammatory, nutrient-rich diet
Your diet and nutrition really do have an impact on your brain health, so if you’re struggling with cognition or you just want to maintain brain health, a diet rich in omega-3s, antioxidants, and minerals such as magnesium, iron, zinc, and copper can help.
Oils high in omega-6 fat, such as corn oil and soybean oil, are more likely to cause inflammation. Try olive oil, avocado oil, or flaxseed oil instead. An anti-inflammatory diet should include plenty of leafy greens, nuts and seeds, omega-3 rich fish, and fruits such as strawberries, blueberries, cherries, and oranges. Spices like turmeric, ginger, and garlic have scientific studies to back up their anti-inflammatory properties.
Sage is an herb that studies have shown has promising, cognitive-enhancing effects in adults, and might even aid in the treatment of Alzheimer's disease. Recent research also shows the nutrient choline, found in eggs, nuts, fish, cauliflower, and broccoli, may improve brain function. Please consult with us, or ask your primary doctor before starting any kind of a new diet or nutrition regimen.
You might see certain devices and activities advertised as “brain games” but the truth is that there is not a lot of scientific evidence to support most of those claims. However, there are types of cognitive stimulation that Harvard Health says do promote neuroplasticity. Reading, practicing a new language, or performing tasks that require both manual and mental dexterity, such as drawing and painting, may be effective in the type of mental stimulation that enhances cognitive function.
Exercise has a wide array of benefits, not the least of which includes delivering oxygen-rich blood to the brain. Exercise promotes neuroplasticity in the same way as other cognitive activities, and it also improves blood pressure and cholesterol and reduces stress, all of which are good for the heart and the brain.
This form of exercise promotes brain health by stimulating the midline cerebellum, the area of the brain responsible for movement, coordination, and posture. By repeatedly activating the core muscles, you are stimulating this part of the brain. Pilates is one method that incorporates these strategies. Always ask your doctor or schedule a consultation with us before taking on a new exercise program.
Meditation and breathing
Sound too easy? Studies have shown a direct link between meditation and focused deep breathing and increased levels of noradrenaline, a neurotransmitter that helps the brain grow new connections.
If you’ve been struggling with cognitive function and it’s disrupting your daily routine, schedule a consultation. NeuroHealth specializes in diagnosing complicated neurological disorders and developing individualized treatment plans to address our patients’ specific conditions.
Call our Indianapolis neurology office at (317) 848-6000 and get on the path to recovery today.