For thousands of years, humans have used plants to improve health. Nature provides a vast and profound array of herbal remedies. Long ridiculed by Western medicine, herbal remedies - also known as "phytopharmaceuticals" - are increasing in popularity.
So how can we use plants to improve our brain health?
Detox, Detox, Detox
Long misunderstood and underappreciated, the liver has more power than we give it credit for. It does far more than filter our blood. It also detoxifies chemicals, metabolizes drugs, and makes proteins and hormones.
A toxic liver results in chronic inflammation and hormonal imbalances, both of which are established risk factors for dementia.
When my brain starts getting fuzzy and I'm tired all the time, I know it's time to detox. Liver Clear teas and capsules are a convenient, effective way to cleanse the liver as part of an overall detoxification program. It contains about a dozen certified organic ingredients including milk thistle seed, burdock root, dandelion root and yellow dock and I order it from one of my favorite stores in the world.
Spirulina and Chlorella are two nutrient-dense superfoods that can be taken in capsule form. They work like magnets in the body, binding to heavy metals like mercury and lead. This way, toxins can be excreted instead of stored in the body.
Bring down the heat
Stress. Poor sleep. Dairy and wheat products. The list of things in our everyday lives that cause chronic inflammation is staggering.
Chronic inflammation is associated with a number of conditions including Alzheimer's, cancer, heart disease and rheumatoid arthritis. Our bodies exist in a chronically inflamed state. Fixing this can dramatically improve our physical health.
Turmeric is a master anti-inflammatory. Most evenings, I mix up golden milk before bed. I like to use almond milk and add cinnamon, vanilla extract and cardamom. But that doesn't always work for my schedule - and it stains my Invisalign a bright yellow. Because of this, I keep turmeric & black pepper capsules on hand.
Boswellia is another powerful anti-inflammatory that has been traditionally used for centuries to treat various chronic diseases. Unlike ibuprofen and acetominaphine, these herbal remedies are liver-supportive and can be used by most people on a long-term basis.
Triphala is another anti-inflammation powerhouse. An ancient Ayurvedic formula, triphala is a combination of bibhitaki, amla and haritaki. Studies show that triphala is useful for a wide range of digestive and cardiovascular needs.
Improve blood flow
Our brains need oxygen. Circulating blood provides the brain with oxygen and nutrients it needs to function properly. When circulation is impaired, the brain suffers.
Gotu kola and gingko biloba are great circulation enhancers. They work by opening up blood vessels and making blood less "sticky".
It's also important to clear our arteries of plaque so that the blood moves easily. Guggulu has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine to treat arteriosclerosis. The gum resin of the Guggul tree, guggulu is essentially myrhh taken internally.
Spirulina is a blue-green algae that is considered one of the most nutritive foods on the planet. One key health benefit of spirulina is improved circulation: it increases the body's production of nitric oxide, which widens the blood pathways.
High Altitude tea contains a wide range of circulatory and oxygenation enhancers: gingko biloba, gotu kola, rosemary, sage and rhodiola.
Check your sources
Not all supplements are created equal. The regulation and oversight of herbal supplements at the Federal level is much lighter than it is for foods and drugs. It's very important to trust your sources.
I have shopped at Ruidoso Natural Remedies for years and genuinely believe their products to be of the highest quality. All herbs are certified organic and their Master Herbalist has decades of experience in the industry...plus she's super friendly and helpful! RNR can also make custom teas to address your unique wellness needs.
I am not affiliated with RNR and as such, I don't make any money if you buy the products linked on this page. I take them and so that's why I recommend them.
If you are under the care of a medical or healthcare professional, always check with them before starting any new medications or supplements. Although interactions and side effects are rare, they are possible.
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