You’re having a bit of anxiety, your feeling depressed, or maybe you don’t feel mentally negative, but you feel like you’re just not piecing things together like you usually can, or used to be able to do. You have heard of some “scientific sounding terms” that could explain your symptoms, but you still don’t really get it. This article is for you if you are wondering if you have brain inflammation. This article will explain how brain inflammation works, how to reduce the symptoms or to make sure you never get brain inflammation when you get older. So, what is inflammation of the brain?
It’s like a glitch in our human brain design:
Brain inflammation starts out as a defense to injury or infection. However, sometimes there can be an accident, a “glitch”. Normally the healing process shuts down after an injury is fully healed, such as a scratch on the body. That is known as Acute Inflammation. Chronic inflammation is the type of inflammation associated with neurological injuries. Think of it like having an infected wound, or some sort of injury. The brain and body either fails to heal the injury correctly, or it actually does finish healing the injury, however the healing process still doesn’t stop, and because of that, chronic inflammation betrays you, and attacks your healthy cells and blood vessels.
Chronic Inflammation eradicates your energy; you feel like you are just getting the life sucked out of you. It is also known to be related to symptoms such as
- weak immune system/allergies
- brain fog
- sinus problems
- and many more
So essentially, if you are at risk for developing brain inflammation, your immune system loses its strength to protect you. Therefore you will be at a higher risk to develop various sicknesses and diseases. Brain inflammation is actually one of the leading causes of death in the world.
Brain inflammation is caused by spinal injuries, infections of the brain, or viruses that enter the mind or body. These infections include but are not limited to:
- Certain Sexually Transmitted diseases, such as herpes.
Our Cells attack us instead of protect us.
When cells develop anxiety and stress within our body, we may formulate pro-inflammatory cytokines. While they are there to help fight against diseases, if we have too many pro-inflammatory cytokines, they will eventually attack other cells, instead of work together with them to protect our body.
Pro-inflammatory cytokines are responsible for playing a part in diseases such as Dementia, Cancer, Alzheimer s, and a big part of why we develop many of these diseases in my opinion is all about what we put into our bodies.
Processed foods are destroying us!
One of the reasons why we are developing all of this brain fog, depression, anxiety, and all of these diseases that cut our life short, that kill us, is due to the food that many of us eat. I am not factoring out other proven reasons why we develop mental disorders or sicknesses, but many processed foods are really terrible for us. Everyone is quick to point the finger and say don’t do heroin, and while I agree that heroin is terrible for you, no one is willing to look at the fact that some of these foods are as addictive as many illegal drugs out there, and unlike illegal drugs, it is always easy to get your hands on your favorite processed foods.
Foods like Pizza, chocolate, ice cream are high in refined carbs, fat, sugar, and are addictive because these foods hit all the pleasure and reward centers of the brain. My first motivation to stay away from these foods were simple, I didn’t want to put on weight and get chubby. Now I have a whole new list of motivations to stay away from these highly processed foods ever since I decided to start researching on how food affects not only our bodies, but also our minds.
Processed foods are somewhat like drugs:
In my opinion, food addiction can be just as dangerous as any drug addiction the longer you stay addicted to processed foods. Refined Carbohydrates cause unexpected and unnatural spikes in the bodies blood/sugar levels. If the cells of a human are bombarded with glucose, the chemical pathways of your brain are in a sense “overburdened.”
They go under too much pressure, and they don’t know how to react or what to do. Being overloaded with glucose causes damage to your cells from the inside out. So in a sense, you could say that giving yourself a glucose overload is like poisoning your body. Your cells become damaged due to glucose spikes within the body.
It is essential to keep in mind that advertising for most food products within most of our markets and grocery stores is either half-true, misleading information, or not true at all. For example, Diet Coke is not really healthier compared to regular coke. The diet term put on the coke product is advertised there to help us feel more secure about a coke product, thus driving more sales to the company that produces diet coke. Many research projects have commenced proving that diet coke drinkers are more like to develop heart complications later on compared to drinkers of regular coke.
Is this alarming enough for you yet?
The point of this article is not to say, never eat another jelly bean in your life, but instead to attempt to persuade you into a way of thinking, almost anything is addictive, so it is important to watch ourselves. Just because processed food isn’t advertised as something that should be taken with moderation doesn’t mean that it can potentially run someone’s life.
It’s also about the balance between Omega 3 and 6 fats.
Some people eat healthy meats, vegetables, and fruits, and even so, they are still filling up their body with an over-abundance of omega-6 fatty acids. Omega-6 fatty acids are pro-inflammatory fats. Omega-6 fats are actually supposed to be good for us. We need inflammatory fats in order to protect our body from illnesses. The problem is if we have too much Omega-6 fatty acids, and not enough Omega-3 fatty acids, we are putting too much inflammation into our body.
If we have too much inflammatory substance within our body, just like a sugar spike, our body does not know how to react. Due to a much higher yield of omega-6 fats, the inflammatory immune response in our body will instead develop diseases instead of help prevent them.
Foods with Omega-3 fatty acids:
Omega-3 fatty acids are generally found on the seafood side of things. Foods like Salmon, Sardines, and other caught fish as well. If you are like me and feel a bit sick to your stomach whenever eating seafood, I would recommend products such as
- Fish Oil supplements
- Salmon Fish Oil
- Cod Liver Oil
- Eggs (omega-3 varies depending on brand)
So, if you are still in your younger days of life and you want to keep yourself as functional as long as possible, be sure to have a healthy diet, its okay to indulge in moderation, but be sure to avoid becoming addicted to it. Remember, as a young human, and we are unable to ever honestly know if there is something terrible happening to our brains and bodies. Our cells are so small, microscopic even, therefore we can’t feel them. We don’t feel the effects of our diets, we only see them through the transformation of our bodies, but we don’t physically feel them, only emotionally.
The real risky effects occur to us within the later years of our lives. These are the real effects of brain inflammation. Is it more important to indulge within our lives and find the greatest and pleasurable desires before us? Or is it more important to eat smart in order to be smart and stay smart? Let me know in the comments below what you think about this question.
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