Maintaining Cognitive Health

Cognitive and neurological health refers to the health of the brain, how efficiently the brain communicates with the body while maintaining a host of other functions such as memory, judgment, language, spacial sensing, recognition, dealing with colors, images and numbers as well as the ability to learn.

Symptoms

Issues with cognitive or neurological health can create many symptoms. One of the most well-known is declining mental function or dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, which generally develops later in life based on a decline of brain tissues and neurotransmitter function.

Other neurological problems — brought on by head injuries from sports or car accidents — aren’t always given the proper treatment and can occur earlier in life, such as depression, vertigo, or poor balance and change in sleep patterns.

Age-Related Neurological Problems

Severe neurological decline is typically seen among aging adults. Many people suffer from mild cognitive impairment, including loss of memory, for example, the inability to quickly remember names and numbers, which doesn’t hugely impact their ability to maintain necessary daily activities.

When cognitive decline is more severe and significantly impacts normal daily activities and relationships, it is typically diagnosed as dementia.

Various types of dementia affect an aging population, but Alzheimer’s Disease is the most common. Often, it begins with mild memory loss but can escalate to severe personality changes, poor judgment, loss of motor function, deep confusion, and inability to recognize even close family members.

Other forms of dementia include vascular dementia, Lewy body dementia, frontotemporal dementia, and Huntington’s Disease. Stroke is another common cause of untreated neurological problems.

It is challenging to diagnose many of these entities and to sort out possible root causes such as mold toxins, heavy metals, nutritional deficiencies, chronic viral infections, inadequate sleep/sleep apnea, dysbiosis, and others. Insulin resistance is often a significant contributor, and dementia has been termed Diabetes Type 3 by some. Once we have determined the likely trigger, then we can work to address it. For example, though Alzheimer’s Disease cannot be cured to date, there are holistic therapies that may delay its onset.

Other Neurological Issues

Other health issues that may not be age-related can also be cognitive and neurological in nature. Depression and anxiety disorders often point to cognitive problems. However, usually, these problems are treated with a combination of medication and counseling.

Additionally, brain injuries like concussion, medication side effects, or a vitamin B12 deficiency can bring about cognitive issues that aren’t always adequately resolved with therapy after they are diagnosed.

Traditionally treatments for neurological problems include some form of medication that typically doesn’t deal with the root cause of the illness that can be lessened or reversed.

How We Can Help

At VIDA Integrative Medicine, we look at the whole picture and address the root cause of all neurological problems.

There is evidence that individuals may be able to prevent Alzheimer’s when adopting a healthy lifestyle earlier in life, including clean eating, limiting alcohol intake, avoiding smoking, regular exercise, and meditation.

For those who have depression or anxiety disorders, we look for thyroid dysfunction and other metabolic issues as well. We offer a program that includes dietary changes and a meditation/mindfulness program, which can have a considerable impact on brain health. (Dr. George has written an eight-week brain health course, which includes her personally guided breathing videos as well as guided meditation audio lessons.)

The earlier cognitive impairments are diagnosed, the sooner you can start addressing them. We would love to hear from you. Feel free to  schedule a complimentary phone consultation to see what the best next steps are for you.

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