How to build a healthier brain part 3

Author: Dr. Michelle Durkin on 29 March 2016

becarefultalkingtoyourselfRemember from this series of articles that the brain is the most nutrient dependent, energy dependent, and toxin vulnerable organ we have. That means we have to feed the brain the right nutrients so the brain can produce the amount of energy it needs while at the same time protecting the brain from toxins. This article is going to focus on toxins.

Most toxins are lipid soluble. The brain is 48% lipid so it can be a reservoir for the toxins we are exposed to. We know from research studies that pesticides will double the risk of ADHD, that Parkinson’s disease is more prevalent in those with higher exposure to pesticides like golfers and farmers, and that we are exposed to over 200 industrial chemicals and pollutants before we are even born. We know from the work done at the University of Calgary that mercury is a neurotoxin but it is still being using today in dental amalgams and vaccines.

So what can we do? Reduce exposure and proper detoxification. Food is our number one exposure to toxins followed by health and beauty products at number two. Eat organic as often as you can. Look at the Dirty Dozen and the Clean Fifteen from the Environmental Working Group to reduce your exposure from food. Use more natural cleaning products, skin care products, makeup, etc. There are many local companies that offer these alternatives. See a naturopathic doctor for proper detoxification on a regular basis. This means at least twice a year if you are “healthy”. You will need more if you have a chronic disease. You can take action now by changing just one thing at a time. Your brain will thank you for it!

Now I would love to hear from you. What is one thing you can start doing to help detoxify your body now? Have you ever done a detox before? Would you like to be part of our group detox that we hold every spring? Leave a comment now and you'll hear from me next week on Doctor as Teacher Tuesday.

2 Replies to “How to build a healthier brain part 3”

Betty Garrity

Hi Michelle
When you are talking about a detoxification process, perhaps twice a year, what does this process include ?
I love your educational section…keep up the good work. Thanks.

Dr Michelle Durkin ND

Hi Betty,
Every year QNC organizes a 10 Day group detox, usually in the spring or fall, or sometimes both. For the past 2 years they have been overseen by a Naturopathic Medical student. During the 10 days, the group follows a recommended diet (usually gluten, dairy, and sugar-free) and they consume a detox medical powder. This powder is mixed in water, smoothies, or dairy-free milks. The cost usually covers the cost of the detox medical powder. There is a short seminar before the detox starts to go over key information and participants have a chance to ask questions. Keep an eye on your inbox for an announcement once the spring dates have been set.

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