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Do you ever suffer from headaches or brian fog. Things like having a word on the tip of your tongue or walking into the pantry only to forget what you were looking for. These can be signs that the brain needs to detoxify. It might surprise you to know that just like other organs in the body, the brain needs regularly to detoxify from things like viruses and heavy metals.
And poor brain detoxification can contribute to neural damage and degeneration.
Let’s start with sleep. Our brain is dependent on sleep to detoxify. During sleep the metabolic activity of our brain goes up about 10 times. Research shows that the neurons in the brain actually shrink by about 60% to make room for the movement of cerebrospinal fluid through our brain to remove toxins and deliver oxygen and nutrients. The lack of restful sleep allows these toxins to build up and accumulate, potentially leading to neural damage and degeneration.
The cerebrospinal fluid moves quickly across the brain tissue in a sweeping motion around the neurons, and then exits along the veins. This movement is controlled by the lymphatic system in combination with glial cells known as astrocytes, also known as the glymphatic system, or glial-dependent lymphatic system.
Poor sleep can impede the glymphatic systems, allowing toxins to accumulate and damage neurons over time, contributing to degenerative brain issues, like Alzheimer’s.
The glymphatic system operates primarily during sleeping hours. There is very little activity of the glymphatic system during our waking hours.
The good news is that Essential Oils to Help Detoxify the Brain
Topically applied essential oils can play a huge role in helping the brain detoxify during sleep. Topically applied essential oils can be especially powerful in supporting the brain as the brain is comprised primarily of fat and essential oils are fat soluable so they easily penetrate and assimilate into the system. Specific oils for supporting brain detoxification include:
Circadian Rhythm: Melatonin is the key hormone to help us fall asleep. It is typically released by the pineal gland in response to darkness, but modern toxins and artificial lighting can impede this release. CIRCADIAN RHYTHM™ blend can be applied around the base of the skull (apex of head, above ears and back of head) to help trigger the natural release of melatonin. It should be noted that in addition to helping us sleep so our glymphatic system can operate, melatonin also serves as a powerful antioxidant and a potent detoxifier of the brain. Melatonin can help the brain detoxify from viruses, as well as heavy metals such as lead and cadmium and potentially mercury.
Lymph: The lymphatic system needs to be functioning optimally in order for toxins to be removed from the brain. If you think of the body like a hydraulics system where congested tissue downstream prevents optimal flow upstream, congested lymphatic vessels in the neck will impede drainage of toxins from the brain. To enhance lymphatic flow and drainage, generously apply LYMPH™ around the sides of the neck.
Parasympathetic: Similarly, if an infection is impeding blood and lymph flow out of brain, pressure can build up and toxins and lymphatic fluid cannot drain effectively. The glymphatic system moves alongside the arteries and then drains alongside the veins. So if you have congestion or inflammation in this tissue or in the veins in the neck, that can impair the drainage of toxins from the brain. Toxins or infections in the mouth including amalgams, root canals, infections from wisdom tooth extractions or other dental or gum disease can lead to infection on the sides of the neck impacting the function of the vagus nerve to trigger the Parasympathetic rest and digest state. The vagus nerve travels down both sides of the neck and infections in that vicinity can be taken into the nerve and impede the ability of the nerve to trigger the parasympathetic state. Topically applying Parasympathetic™ blend on the vagal nerve behind the on the neck can help manually override the infection and help reset the autonomic nervous system for optimal drainage from the brain.
Like any detoxification effort, it is important to help facilitate exit route prior to mobilizing toxins. If you mobilize toxins without opening up channels for elimination, including taking binders like chlorella to help eliminate toxins, you risk making yourself feel worse.