We talked last week about the lymphatic system and it’s importance in keeping it flowing. We have a similar system in our brain it’s called the glymphatic system, or the “brain drain”.
This system was only recently discovered in 2012. It’s uses the cell’s mitochondria (energy system) to remove cellular waste from the brain. The cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) in the brain is what is responsible for draining toxins from brain. The brain has no lymphatic system, just the CSF fluid.
The kicker here, is this system is especially active during sleep! That being said if you enhance the mitochondria’s ability during sleep, you will turbocharge this maintenance system and get more cleanup in less time.
In 2013 as well, researchers found that something called “autophagy” is required for healthy brain cell mitochondria. This is a natural process called autophagy (literally “self-eating”), and it’s the bodies system of cleaning house: Your cells create membranes that hunt out scraps of dead, diseased, or worn-out cells; gobble them up; strip ’em for parts; and use the resulting molecules for energy or to make new cell parts.
It’s like an internal recycling program. We get rid of faulty parts, stop growths, ect. When the scientists monitored rat specimens who had difficulty with autophagy, they were fatter, sleepier, had higher cholesterol and impaired brains.
When the brain isn’t detoxing properly as well, it can literally make you feel “insane”, or not really yourself. Toxins can easy get into the blood brain barrier through many means such as EMF’s, vaccines, and other medications. But, a clogged lymphatic system in the brain, can just build up and create improper function for the brain, so it’s important to keep the FLOW!
How to increase autophagy to boost the cell’s mitochondrial function:
1. Exercise. “Regular exercise is the most popular way that people unintentionally help their body to cleanse.”
2. Fasting. Although I don’t usually recommend skipping meals, occasional fasting is actually beneficial. Practitioners usually forgo food for anywhere from 12 to 36 hours at a time, making sure to drink plenty of water. (You might also want to limit activity to gentle yoga or stretching.)
3. Lower your carb intake. Ketosis, is an increasingly popular diet among bodybuilders and anyone seeking a longer lifespan. The idea is to reduce carbohydrates to such low levels that the body has no choice but to use fat as a fuel source instead.
Ketosis is like an autophagy hack. You get a lot of the same metabolic changes and benefits of fasting without actually fasting.
Keto diets are super high fat (good fats): Between 60 and 70 percent of one’s overall calories should come from fat. Protein makes up 20 to 30 percent of calories, while carbs are kept below 50 grams per day.
So, increasing good fats, moving and intermittent fasting improve this system. But what about getting it flowing directly at its source? What about actually changing it in the brain where it flows in and out of?
That’s right! 4. Cranial care!
Craniopathy care has been proven to increase the CSF flow in the brain and in the entire system. When there is pressure on the brain from tension, this fluid cannot maintain its flow.
This means the CSF flow is hindered. Therefore, the detox pathway is hindered.
Additionally, as I mentioned previously, this system is active entirely during your sleep. So if your sleep is hindered, or you aren’t getting adequate deep sleep you won’t be detoxing your noggin and body very well.
Sleep can be helped in many ways.
1. Getting cranial care!!
2. Supplementation, including minerals and herbs
4. Reducing EMF exposure. No tv or cell phones in the bed room. Turn off your wifi in your home every night, and make sure there’s no light in your room. Completely dark room allows your brain to produce melatonin. EMF exposure actually calcifies the pituitary which releases melatonin.
5. Essential Oils and CBD. Certain oils can be really helpful for creating calmness and allowing sleep to happen.
6. Micro Current Neurofeedback. This helps calm the brain and can help tremendously with sleep and energy!
I also love getting lymphatic drainage massage in combination with my cranial care. It works really well for detoxification in the head. I love using electro lymphatic therapy, it’s the most effective I’ve found. Another great detox is PEMF therapy! Check it out for providers who carry them!
Sometimes symptoms such as sinus problems, headaches, fatigue, and other’s are just do to improper detoxing of the brain.
On the spotlight this week is DoTerra’s Rosemary.
Rosemary is a great essential oil for detoxing! It also helps reduce radiation from EMF’s which is protection and great for brain health!Rosemary Oil Product Description
Though it is famous for its applications in the culinary world, rosemary has uses that reach far beyond cook books or holiday meals. Rosemary oil is a versatile essential oil that proves useful in everyday life for things like promoting healthy-looking hair, creating a relaxing massage, cooking healthy meals, and more. It even supports healthy digestion.* Learn more about Rosemary essential oil and discover the diverse uses for this herbaceous, energizing doTERRA product.
Rosemary Oil Uses and Benefits
- The chemical makeup of Rosemary oil gives it renewing properties that can be both energizing and settling—particularly when you diffuse the oil. When you need to study for a big test, memorize your slides for a presentation at work, or just need to finish a project, diffusing Rosemary oil can be helpful. In the essential oil diffuser of your choice, consider diffusing Rosemary essential oil while studying to help maintain concentration. As the renewing, green aroma of Rosemary oil wafts through the room, you’ll be able to focus on the task at hand.
- Possibly the most common application for the rosemary plant is in cooking. Fortunately, Rosemary essential oil can be used as a substitute in your favorite rosemary-infused dishes. If you have a favorite recipe that calls for rosemary, you can easily add one to two drops of Rosemary essential oil to meats or traditional entrees in order to add flavor or to support healthy digestion.* Looking for a hearty Rosemary essential oil recipe? Try this Balsamic Rosemary Marinade to add instant flavor and excitement to any weeknight meal or backyard barbeque. Speaking of summer festivities, these Italian Summer Skewers with Rosemary Balsamic Reduction are the perfect sweet and savory addition to any outdoor get-together. Using mozzarella, salami, cantaloupe, brown sugar, and Rosemary essential oil, these skewers will be a hot item at your next summer bash.
- Rosemary essential oil can be taken internally to help reduce occasional fatigue and nervous tension.* You can add a few drops of Rosemary oil to a glass of water or to a doTERRA Veggie Capsule. Rosemary oil can also be taken internally if you are striving to support healthy internal organ function.*
- Trying to relax? Let the renewing properties of Rosemary essential oil soothe your body and soul at the end of a long day by creating a relaxing essential oil bath. Adding essential oils to a warm bath can promote a calming, relaxing environment that allows you to take a break—both mentally and physically. Combine Rosemary, Frankincense, and Epsom salt into your bath for a rejuvenating experience when you are in need of a little “me” time.
- Like many other essential oils, Rosemary oil can be helpful for promoting full, healthy-looking hair. When you want to promote an abundant-looking head of hair, consider using Rosemary oil when giving yourself a stimulating scalp massage. To improve the scalp massage even further, combine Melaleuca and Rosemary oil together. Whether you are styling or grooming your lovely locks, it is always a good idea to use Rosemary oil for hair.
When you want natural-looking beach waves, try this homemade Beach Wave Salt Spray that includes some of the best essential oils for hair—Rosemary, Lemon, Fractionated Coconut Oil, and doTERRA Healthy Hold Glaze. This concoction will give you effortless beach waves in just a few minutes, leaving your hair with the sweet, salty fragrance of the ocean. Want to make your own essential oil dry shampoo? This DIY dry shampoo tutorial brings together the sweet scents of Lavender, Rosemary, and Peppermint essential oil to keep your hair looking and smelling great when you don’t have time to wash it.
- Looking for more delicious Rosemary essential oil recipes? You can quickly turn traditional mashed potatoes into a flavor-filled side dish with a little help from doTERRA Rosemary essential oil. Whether you are a prepping for a holiday meal, or just want some comfort food, these Rosemary Mashed Potatoes will leave both your tastebuds and your tummy happy.
Speaking of happy tummies, this essential oil recipe for Rosemary Zucchini Fettuccini has become a doTERRA favorite because of its healthy ingredients, powerful flavor, and beautiful presentation. Zucchini, butternut squash, and Rosemary oil make this a truly unique dish that will soon become a regular meal at your house.
- Because of its rejuvenating scent and renewing properties, Rosemary oil is often used for massage. Consider combining Rosemary oil with a carrier oil like doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil and applying it during massage. To create a soothing massage experience, you can also blend Rosemary oil with Wintergreen to cool and relax the skin. When you want a relaxing massage, mix Lavender with Rosemary oil for stress reduction.
Not only are blueberries yummy healthy snacks and very delicious in fruit salads, they are rich in antioxidants, which makes them the number one fruit to include in your diet if you want to boost memory and brain health. Blueberries are high in fiber and low in sugar, which means they are safe for diabetics. Scientists also believe that blueberries are able to help with restoring lost motor and cognitive functions. Wild blueberries are the HIGHEST in antioxidants.
A report that was published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry reported that those who drank blueberry juice every day for two months improved their memory significantly.
A study, which was presented at the meeting of the American Chemical Society, reported that berries might help prevent memory loss and mental decline by removing toxic proteins that damage nerves in the brain.
One study presented at the British Science Festival found that just one 200 grams blueberry smoothie increase the power of concentration as much as 20 percent during the day.
- 1 Cup Coconut milk
- 0.25 CupWild Blueberries
- 1 tsp Vanilla Escense
- 1 tsp MCT oil
- 1 Bone broth protein powder (optional)
That is all for now,
Wishing you a happy and healthy week
Dr. Rachel Hamel.