Heal your brain to recover from chronic fatigue syndrome
with Nadine Saubers, R.N., B.S.N.
................Here are some steps to take to combat inflammation, decrease cell damage, heal your cells and increase your glutathione levels.
• Eat a real whole food diet incorporating a variety of foods but primarily plant foods.
• Wash all produce to remove pesticide residues.
• Decrease animal fats in your diet, they are high in pesticide residues, and omega-6 fats that will increase brain inflammation.
• Drink only filtered or distilled water that has added magnesium.
• Stay away from fluoride; fluoridated water, toothpaste, fluoride treatments.
• Have dental amalgam fillings removed.
• Avoid eating fish high in mercury.
• Increase antioxidants in your diet to reduce inflammation, increase brain energy, improve brain blood flow, reduce free radical damage, and promote repair of damaged brain cells.
• Take a high quality well-compounded multivitamin/mineral in capsule form.
• Natural vitamin E and tocotrienol.
• Vitamin C (as magnesium or calcium ascorbate) increases brain energy and stimulates the generation of neurotransmitters.
• Grape pip from the seed of the grape contains anthrocyanadins that inhibit free-radical damage, strengthen blood vessels and suppress microglial activation.
• White tea extract contains highly protective brain chemicals called catechins including epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). White tea extract has a higher concentration of catechins and is free of fluoride and aluminum.
• CoQ10 is used by all cells to produce energy.
• L-carnitine has been shown to improve neuron function, protect neurons against excitotoxicity, increase the level of braingrowth factors that promote brain repair.
• Bioidentical hormones for menopausal women: estrogen (estriol) is protective of brain cells, even against excitotoxicity and inflammation.
Hesperidin is a flavonoid found in many fruits, such as oranges and grapefruits that offers very powerful protection against a damaging free radical called peroxynitrite.
• Curcumin and quercetin are flavonoids that are very powerful anti-inflammatories that reduce microglial activation and excitotoxicity.
• DHA is a component of fish oils found in a pure state from algae. DHA is used by the brain to function and also for protection. DHA protects against excitotoxicity, reduces inflammation, calms microglia, and repairs the injured nervous system.
• Silymarin (on Milk Thistle) has been shown to significantly calm microglia.
• Magnesium Citrate/Malate protects the brain from inflammation. It raises glutathione levels, reduces excitotoxic damage and improves blood flow to the brain.
• N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine (NAC) increases brain levels of glutathione. Take 500 milligrams twice a day.
• Lipoic Acid is a powerful antioxidant found in all cells. It raises glutathione levels and increases brain energy levels.
• Melatonin is one of the brain’s most important protective antioxidants that also dramatically increases other her protective antioxidant enzymes in the brain. Aging causes brain levels of melatonin to fall.
• Vitamin D-3 deficiencies play a major role in neurodegenerative diseases. D-3 protects against inflammatory cytokines and against excitotoxicity. It calms microglial overactivity reducing brain inflammation.
• Regular exercise reduces brain degeneration and promotes brain healing. Excessive, intense, and compulsive exercise worsens brain degeneration increasing free radical and lipid-peroxidation generation. Go for moderate exercise like brisk walking, weights, and yoga.
• Adequate rest and restorative sleep.
• Regular mental activity and exercising your brain by learning new things.
• Having fun, spending time with friends.
• Spiritual devotion.
I truly believe that healing your brain is part of recovering from CFS.