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Metabolic and Nutritional Therapy


You Need to Feed Your Brain

As Hippocrates so eloquently put it: “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”. There is an incredible amount of truth and validity to this statement in that food should be our ultimate source of nutrients…period. Metabolic and nutrition therapy is the process of using a combination of proper food intake, enzymes, and supplements to promote optimal brain and body health.

Supplements are just that; to supplement a diet that is lacking in nutrients, or to address deficiencies that exist. Given our foods, whether processed or not, are increasingly lacking in adequate nutritional content, the need for nutritional supplementation is continually on the rise. Supplements for brain health are particularly important as our population lives longer and rates of neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s continue to increase.

The focus of any nutritional therapy should be to address the underlying metabolic dysfunction, not simply giving a pill to address a symptom. An example of this is building lean body mass and lowering body fat, therefore improving blood sugar handling and brain function, through higher fat, moderate protein, and lower carbohydrate intake. The resultant changes made from this type of approach are farther reaching and more sustainable, having a greater impact on brain and body health!

More and more folks are searching for the best supplements to improve brain function. While the increasingly proactive mindset of the general public is encouraging, this is not without its side effects. Metabolic or nutritional therapy, particularly for the brain, is an incredibly vast and complex arena that requires years of study and understanding of brain and body physiology, biochemistry, and laboratory analysis to become proficient at delivering the appropriate protocols for an individual’s specific needs. No two brains are created equal and the needs of one brain are vastly different from the needs of the next; even if those 2 brains are experiencing the same condition (e.g. addiction, brain injury, depression, anxiety, etc.).

How Nutrition Affects the Brain

In their simplest sense, nutrients are chemical messengers and building blocks that allow for all of our body’s chemical processes and reactions to occur. Whether an amino acid creating protein to build muscle or forming a neurotransmitter to direct brain function, an electrolyte such as sodium or calcium allowing for proper nerve conduction, or an antioxidant neutralizing the damaging effects of oxygen metabolism; what goes into our body determines how well our brain works! That said, too much or too little of any of these critical nutrients can have devastating consequences and proper direction of supplementation is highly advisable.

Supplements for Brain Health

As no two brains are created equal, so goes the same reasoning with the understanding that no two supplements are created equal. Brain health supplements are incredibly numerous and varied, and there are frankly too many on the market for any one practitioner to keep up with. That said, seeking out an expert in functional medicine is of paramount importance to ensure you receive the appropriate metabolic evaluation and intervention with the highest quality supplements possible.

The following list includes brain health supplement categories and examples of nutrients in each category:

Medical Foods – Meal replacements designed to reduce inflammation, improve blood sugar handling, increase lean body mass (and burn body fat), and detoxify our bodies and brains.

Fats – Omega fatty acids, particularly the polyunsaturated Omega-3 variety (EPA and DHA), found in fish, certain nuts and seeds, and supplements. Coconut and vegetable oil supplementation are also good for your brain.

Brain Protectors – Antioxidants including glutathione, N-acetylcysteine, acetyl-L-carnitine, alpha lipoic acid, Vitamin E, etc.

Miscellaneous Brain Nutrients – Phosphatidylserine and phosphatidylcholine, vitamin D, huperzine A, ginseng, B vitamins, amino acids, and more.

Talk to your provider, or contact us at APEX Brain Centers, to learn which nutrients are appropriate for you and your health care needs.

Dr. Michael S. Trayford is a Board Certified Chiropractic Neurologist and Neurofeedback Specialist with over 20 years of experience in the practice of advanced functional neurology. He is one of the most highly sought-after brain rehabilitation specialists because of the life-changing outcomes his patients consistently experience. After over a decade in private practice and working alongside other pioneers in the field, Dr. Trayford developed his multimodal intensive brain training and rehabilitation program built around the science of Neuroplasticity – the ability of the brain to learn and grow dependent upon the stimulation it receives from its environment. He later founded APEX Brain Centers to combine his ground-breaking rehabilitation approach with a unique patient and caretaker-centered care model. Under Dr. Trayford’s leadership, APEX Brain Centers has successfully treated thousands of patients and earned the reputation of a world-renowned brain training and rehabilitation practice. Since its inception, Dr. Trayford has been a leader of the Brain Training revolution treating patients worldwide. In addition, he is a published journal contributor and international lecturer. His experience with various patients of all ages and neurological conditions has given him a unique perspective on brain health and human performance. He is also well-versed in collaborating with other health care professionals, making him an invaluable asset to any care team. Dr. Trayford was awarded the Functional Neurologist of the Year distinction by the International Association of Functional Neurology and Rehabilitation, where he is a proud member and conference lecturer. Currently, he serves on the Advisory Council for the Dementia Society of America and the Board of Directors for the International Society for Neuroregulation and Research. He is also a servant leader who has dedicated his adult life to serving multiple communities through Rotary International and other notable causes. When he’s not treating patients, Dr. Trayford usually reads or researches anything related to the brain, human performance, and leadership. He also loves spending time outdoors with his wife Denise, their two daughters, and dogs in the beautiful mountains of western North Carolina. https://www.linkedin.com/in/drmichaeltrayford/

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