First, my disclaimer – I am no nutritionist, but I am a health nut and fitness regular. I have been on the path of finding what is best for me personally, after a brain injury for 21 years. I have found some things that have REALLY worked for me and I would like to share some of them with you. Perhaps you can benefit from what I have played around with for quite a few years. I am talking about preventative medicine
Attention problems - Omega 3′s
Depression - Aerobic exercise – (3-4 times a week – ideally) It’s been researched and I confirm that yes, it does help! If women don’t take enough Iron, they could become anemic, which leads to depression. If low in B-12, this can lead to depression.
Vitamin B’s have a lot to do with the nerves. They are an important nutritional resource for Brain Injury Survivors!
Energy level - B-12 (Sublingual – the most digestible and easy to assimilate)
Mood Swings – B-3
Health & Well Being – Look into a good easily digestible multivitamin
Water - Brain tissue is 85% water! The brain is only 1/50th of the total body weight and it uses 1/20th of the blood supply. Hmmm… logically, that tells me for optimum brain function, we need water! The International Sports Medicine Institute, has a formula for daily water intake: 1/2 ounce per pound of body weight if you’re not active (that’s ten eight-ounce glasses if you weigh 160 pounds), and 2/3 ounce per pound if you’re athletic (13 to 14 glasses a day, at the same weight).
Fiber – Got to make sure everything is flowing, right? We do have to give back to the earth! ;D
Vitamin C & Calcium - are important too (to me-because of family history and coffee intake) . For anything of importance to you, I recommend seeing how much I’m getting in the multivitamin to see how much more I may need through food supplements.
Immune strengthener - The thing about immune strengthening, you want to be sure not to be taking Goldenseal or Echinacea on a regular basis. If you do, then when you need it, it won’t work. I use Astragalus Root tincture.
This is what I have for now, if anything else comes to mind, I’ll add it in. Remember, I am no authority, just my own personal health “freak”. I have found that some accommodations for my brain injury have come from the health food store!!!
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