Can you tell the difference between the symptoms of natural aging, and cognitive impairment?

42189222 - elderly couple smilling together over natural backgroundAs we age, it’s natural for our bodies to change. But we don’t have to accept that the quality of our health and lives will be diminished. Often, people expect that as we age we’ll have more difficulty learning new things, remembering things, or thinking as quickly and clearly as we used to. Yes, some of that is normal. But do you know the difference between normal, healthy changes and the signs and symptoms of dementia, Alzheimer’s, or other cognitive impairments?

It’s important to be able to tell the difference. There is so much that can be done to treat cognitive impairments and the underlying health issues that lead to foggy thinking, lack of focus, memory issues, and the emotional health issues that come from having health issues that impact the brain.

Here are some common signs of the normal aging process in the brain:

  • Not being able to remember names of acquaintances, or where you parked your car in a lot
  • Occasionally not being able to find the word you want to say, as if it’s ‘on the tip of your tongue’
  • Sometimes not remembering what you went into a room to get or find
  • Forgetting events every once in a while
  • You’re nervous about your memory, but close friends and family aren’t

But here are symptoms of a more serious, underlying problem:

  • A sense of brain fogginess on a regular basis, and an inability to remember things that just happened
  • Not remembering family members’ or close friends’ names
  • Finding yourself somewhere – like a mall, or grocery store – and not being sure how you got there
  • Inability to plan, or solve problems
  • Trouble having conversations
  • Not being aware of a problem, even though your family has mentioned it

It’s important to know the signs, because you can treat underlying health issues to improve brain functioning. How? By managing inflammation with a healthy diet, better sleep, managing stress, and making good lifestyle choices.

You can also take advantage of the anti-inflammatory benefits of using CBD oil from the help plant to improve brain health, and should consider how the Bredesen protocol may be beneficial. (We’re certified in the Bredesen protocol, and have made healthy brain functioning one of our areas of speciality.)

The earlier you catch a problem, the better your outcome will be. If you’re not sure whether you may have an underlying cognitive issue, or how to manage inflammation in the body, we invite you to reach out to us. Visit online, or book an appointment. We can help!

Whole-body health: We are taking a holistic, individualized approach to wellness

Happy family: mother father and child daughter on sunsetEvery body is different. When you aren’t feeling well, it can be tempting to look for fast fixes, quick treatments, and take chances in the hope that you’ll find the solution and feel better. But for long-term health, you need to learn more about how to best care for your body to prevent illness and treat it at the source.

A good first step is to find a health care provider that recognizes that your body is unique, and will provide holistic treatments. The systems of your body are interconnected, and must be balanced. That’s what it means to practice functional medicine. Simply put, it’s about balancing the body to find individually customized solutions, and promote healing and wellness that lasts, and make changes to prevent future imbalances, inflammation, and the resulting conditions.

Taking a whole-body, holistic approach can help to treat both mental and physical health ailments. Inflammation can lead to anxiety, metabolic issues, chronic pain, and other conditions.

A good health care provider should look at your diet, sleep patterns, hormone profiles, and any digestive (gut) issues to customize the best program and approach for you as an individual. One part of that approach is to counsel patients on healthy lifestyle habits, such as eating an organic diet of foods that work with your body. And just as organic is best for our food, it is also best for nutritional support products like CBD oil.

Holistic healthcare recognizes natural, effective, nutritional support products. You may already know about the benefits of full-spectrum CBD oil for anxiety, inflammation, pain and sleep, but a good provider will help you choose the right products.

Not all CBD Oil is of good quality. Unfortunately, most CBD oil comes from overseas, is grown in toxic soil and is extracted using a chemical extraction method that may leave traces behind. Instead, you need to choose a CBD oil that is organically grown.

Additionally, the CBD oil should be extracted from the hemp plant using CO2 extraction, which is the safest and best extraction method. A quality CBD oil should also be produced at a facility run by the same organization as the growers, thus ensuring high quality, safe and effective CBD Oil.

If you’re ready to explore holistic health and wellness options, we encourage you to visit us online to read more. (We also have a lot to say about how organic practices in CBD oil production are critical to producing a better quality, safer and more effective product, so be sure to visit us for information about that as well!)

How to manage inflammation with better nutrition, and why it matters

??????????????????????????????????????Are you dealing chronic health conditions? Do you regularly face mental health issues, such as anxiety or depression, or experience physical ailments? If so, you may need to learn more about inflammation in the body and find ways to get it under control.

Inflammation is the body’s natural response to illness and injury. For example, when you get a cut, scrape or sprain, the body responds with increased blood flow, swelling, pain. These symptoms are a sign that the body is trying to heal itself by ramping up its immune response.

Normally, that’s a good thing. But when it gets out of hand, the same system that promotes healing can create the conditions for chronic pain, sickness, and mental health issues as the body stays on high alert mode, and eventually starts to attack itself.

In general, this cycle of an out of control inflammatory response is what causes immune system problems, such as those that lead to arthritis, psoriasis, and allergies, just to name a few examples. Other signs that the body is dealing with chronic inflammation include mental fogginess, digestive issues, undefined aches and pains, and lack of energy.

So, what causes chronic inflammation? In part, the cause can be traced in some people to poor dietary choices, unhealthy behaviors, and poor environmental conditions. Eating processed foods, not getting enough sleep, a lack of exercise, and air pollution can all contribute to chronic inflammation for people susceptible or vulnerable to those conditions.

Another cause is chronic stress. When a person is stressed by poor work conditions, difficult relationships or other issues, the body produces hormones that ramp up circulation and change metabolism. In small doses, this gives the body energy and the mind focused to face challenges. But when stress is long term, those changes in the body create a toxic environment that prevent rest and healing. When the body and mind can’t rest and heal, that inflammation can cause additional health issues that exacerbate and cause mental health problems. (Think anxiety and depression.)

But one solution for ailments of the body and mind is to manage inflammation is to choose a healthier diet. You can choose foods that are more likely to heal the body than aggravate your condition. It helps to include more fruits and vegetables, fresh food, whole ingredients without chemical additives, organic food, and to control sugar, fat, and watch for allergies.

Adding natural foods that have been shown to fight inflammation makes a difference, too. Many people are finding that CBD oil is a safe, natural, effective way to control inflammation. But it makes a difference where you get your CBD oil from. Only good quality, organically produced CBD oil source from a local producer that monitors to prevent contamination will do.

There are foods that are well known to promote better health by reducing inflammation in the body. You’ll want to make choices based on your individual needs, but these are generally good options:

  • Curcumin. Found in the spice Turmeric, the yellow pigment curcumin has been found to be as effective as some over-the-counter medications, such as Ibuprofen.
  • Green Tea. Contains healthy compounds. The green tea is less processed, and is better for you than black or herbal teas.
  • Garlic. This powerful root provides wonderful flavor, but it’s also tremendously helpful in the body. Garlic has a blood thinning effect, and promotes good circulation, plus many more positive benefits.
  • Capsaicin. Found chili peppers, the same compound that gives heat and flavor to the pepper can help to control inflammation in the body.
  • White Willow Bark. Have you heard of white willow bark? It has a similar effect as aspirin, and has been used for its anti-inflammatory properties since Roman and Egyptian times.
  • Cinnamon. This spice comes from tree bark. In addition to being anti-inflammatory, it’s also high in antioxidant, and has lipid-lowering properties.
  • Ginger. A host of research studies have shown that ginger has a better anti-inflammatory effect than many non-steroidal drugs. Ginger is a root commonly used to flavor desserts, add warmth to sauces, added to teas, and even candied as a treat.
  • CBD Oil from the hemp plant. CBD is a natural source of antioxidants, and has a well known anti-inflammatory effect. It combats the q protein in the brain that is associated with anxiety, and promotes wellness in the body by augmenting nutrition. (You can read more in-depth information about the anti-inflammatory benefits of CBD Oil and how it works, here.

Please take a little time to review all of your options before making a final decision to treat inflammation in the body, and the conditions it creates. You can take control of your health by learning more, and finding natural ways to promote your health, healing and overall wellness. Don’t hesitate to visit our website to learn more, and reach out with any questions.