Updated: Mar 1, 2019
In 2018, A group of researchers from Kobe University in Hyago Japan discovered and concluded that neural (brain) inflammation caused by our innate immune system plays an unexpectedly important role in stress-induced depression. Psychological stress caused by social and environmental factors can trigger a variety of changes in both the mind and body. Moderate levels of stress will provoke a defensive response, while extreme stress can lower our cognitive functions, cause depression and elevated anxiety, and is a risk factor for mental illnesses. The research team focused on repeated social defeat stress (a type of environmental stress) with the aim of clarifying the mechanism that causes an emotional response to repeated stress.
According to Psychiatrist Dr Ed Bullmore, So if inflammation is a cause of depressive symptoms, we would expect to find evidence that inflammation can occur before depression, and there is some such evidence from recent research. For example, a 2014 study of 15,000 children in Bristol and southwest England found that children who were not depressed but were slightly inflamed at the age of nine were significantly more likely to be depressed 10 years later as 18-year-olds. This is one of dozens of human studies and hundreds of animal studies that have shown that inflammation can anticipate or precede depression or depressive behaviors.
ALl this knowledge becoming easily available to us should FORCE us to understand the role that foods we eat can play in regards to inflammation in our bodies. If we know better, we can definitely do better.
Becoming Vegan is step one to reducing inflammation in the body. Vegan food is anti-inflammatory which means it does not trigger your brain or have a negative effect on your brain.
The WORST Foods for Your Brain
Processed sugar (stop drinking sodas)
Refined Carbs. These include white bread, pizza dough, white pasta, white flour, white rice, and many breakfast cereals on the market that are harmfully processed
Processed Foods (Ramen noodles potato chips, sweets, bad candy, canned sauces) . These foods are found to increase fat around the organs, or visceral fat, is associated with brain tissue damage. Stop eating them
Dairy: Dairy is one of the most inflammatory foods in our modern diet, second only to gluten. It causes inflammation in a large percentage of the population, resulting in digestive issues such as bloating, gas, constipation, and diarrhea, as well as other symptoms including acne and a stronger presentation of autistic behaviors.
Fish High in Mercury: Stay away from shark, swordfish, tuna, orange roughy, king mackerel and tilefish
Alcohol When consumed in moderation, it can be an enjoyable addition to a nice meal. However, excessive consumption can have serious effects on the brain.
Chronic alcohol use results in a reduction in brain volume, metabolic changes and disruption of neurotransmitters, which are chemicals the brain uses to communicate
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It has been found to be a natural anti-inflammatory, providing the same properties of some of the prescription drugs, with none of the side effects. Inflammation does actually serve a purpose in helping the body to fight off foreign bodies and helps to repair any damage but if the inflammation is long term it can attack the body's defences. This is why anti-inflammatory's are so important.
Turmeric with Curcumin is also a potent anti-oxidant. Free radicals cause oxidative damage which is believed to be behind the ageing process and many diseases. As an anti-oxidant, curcumin not only blocks the free radicals but it also helps to increase the capacity of the body's antioxidant production.
The good news is inflammation can be managed simply by making a few changes to your diet.
Anti-inflammatory foods can mostly be found in an old-school diet of fresh fruits and vegetables, with no red meat. An anti-inflammatory diet should include these foods:
green leafy vegetables, such as spinach, kale, and collards
nuts like almonds and walnuts
fruits such as strawberries, blueberries, cherries, and oranges
Celery and Celery Seeds
The benefits of eating celery are plentiful.
Celery's anti-inflammatory abilities have proven to help improve blood pressure, lower cholesterol levels, and even prevent heart disease.
Celery seeds, can be found in many forms, also possess anti-inflammatory abilities as well as the added benefit of helping to fight off bacterial infections. In addition, celery is an excellent healthy source for potassium which our bodies require to flush out toxins.
Blueberries are almost magical in their own right.
A diet rich with blueberries can have many health benefits from improved vision to slower cognitive decline and sharper motor skills.
The antioxidant responsible for blueberry's anti-inflammatory benefits is quercetin, which is a substance found in fresh foods that helps to prevent inflammation and even helps to fight cancer. Benefits don't stop there, one cup of blueberries can contain up to a quarter of your daily source of Vitamins K and C.
There will be more Blogs to come on Inflammation and the Brain. Stay tuned.