Inflammation is a normal process that will protect you against injuries and infections and it usually goes away when your body is healed. Nevertheless, this problem can become chronic, which is not okay. Unlike inflammation, arthritis, or an injury, brain inflammation is very hard to diagnose due to the fact that it does not cause pain.
Symptoms of Chronic Brain Inflammation- A Cause of Depression
Acute inflammation is usually caused by pathogens or injury and chronic inflammation happens due to bad lifestyle habits. Chronic inflammation is connected with many problems like allergies, asthma, sinusitis and dermatitis, arthritis and chronic infections. This can also cause lack of mental clarity, depression, memory loss, brain fog, slow mental processing, ADHD and neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s and stroke.
Depression is a result of low levels of serotonin and dopamine. Therefore, the treatment that is with antidepressants is based on a chemical model of the disease.
There is another theory that says that brain inflammation is the cause of depression and the model is known as cytokine model of depression. Cytokines are messengers of the immune system which can reduce inflammation while other fuel it. Inflammatory cytokines change the brain function and can cause problems like impaired memory, lethargy, memory loss, bipolar disorder, increased risk of suicide, inability to focus, and more. Also, health and lifestyle factors that can cause brain inflammation include head trauma, diabetes, asthma, heart disease, chronic stress, lack of exercise, high carbohydrate diet, exposure to environmental toxins, substance abuse, digestive disorders, gluten, and vitamin B deficiency.
Natural Ways to Control Brain Inflammation
1. Give Your Brain an Oil Change
Just try to reduce on omega-6 fatty acids that you can find in vegetable oils like canola, safflower, soy and corn oil. Replace them with organic coconut oil and extra virgin olive oil
2. Eliminate Processed Carbohydrates that Contain Sugar and Wheat
If you consume a lot of white sugar it can cause brain inflammation, slow thinking and damage the brain cells. Usually, chronic high blood glucose levels have a connection to Alzheimer’s. So, you can use honey instead of sugar. It will be a great antiviral, antiseptic, antibiotic and anti-inflammatory agent. Moreover, wheat products are also detrimental to the brain, so you need to cut them from your diet.
3. Eat Anti-Inflammatory Flavonols
These are anti-inflammatory compounds in berries, chocolate, wine, beer, tea, and coffee. Red wine is very useful, it can protect you against diabetes, heart disease and stroke.
4. Take Anti-Inflammatory Supplements
The best supplements are:
- Fish oil
- Krill oil
- Acetyl l-carnitine
Other Anti-Inflammatory Lifestyle Adjustments
- Getting adequate sleep
- Getting at least half an hour of exercise daily
- Reducing stress