I recently watched a docu-series called Broken Brain 2, by Dr. Hyman. After weeding out the sales-pitch to purchase the series in its entirety, I tried to really take away some good information. You can find a couple of episodes from his first docu-series on YouTube. Broken Brain.
I was drawn to this docu-series, because I want to ensure I keep my brain healthy. My father is going through the process of Alzheimer’s. It’s horrible and sad and stressful. His mother had it as well as two of her sisters. I don’t want it! I’m already experiencing brain fog. I can’t know if that’s the normal everyday “I’m thinking about too much” garbage, or if I may have an issue down the road. Or, if it’s because my gut is unhealthy.
After listening to Dr. Hyman and his team of experts, there is a clear connection between the brain, gut and heart. The health of your gut and heart have a direct effect on the function of your brain. Now, I certainly don’t take care of my gut the way I’m sure I should. I’m not eating take-out or fast food. But, I’m also not eating a complete whole-food diet. I like my bread and pasta a bit too much!
While I was listening to this 8 part series, I changed a few things in my diet during the week. I swapped hard boiled eggs and berries for my dry cereal. I work out first thing in the morning, so I don’t always have time to make breakfast before I have to go to work. I like bringing something that is easily transported to eat at work.
I ate the eggs and berries for a few days before I ran out of both. Eating that way was surprisingly fulfilling and satisfying. The day after I ran out, I had a bagel with peanut butter. I felt awful! Like I had a rock at the bottom of my stomach. That feeling stayed with me all day. Especially, after I ate lunch. A sandwich with deli meat and bread.
Now, I’ve never noticed myself having a problem with bread before. But, I do now believe that I have to eat more whole foods. Fruits. Vegetables. Less sugar. Less starch.
One of the points that Dr. Hyman made about the brain-gut connection, is that high levels of sugar and starch cause a greater risk of cancer and Alzheimer’s. Both run in my family. He says that excess glucose leads to increased deposits of plaques in the brain. These plaques have been known to be a link to Alzheimer’s. Another point made was that sugar is linked to inflammation. Inflammation is the root of many dis-eases. See additional information here.
While listening to one of the experts/doctors on his program, there were mentions of how essential oils can benefit our overall health, gut and brain health. Which makes sense. If the Earth provides the whole foods that take care of us, it also provides the plants that take care of us. I mentioned this in my last blog regarding Shark DNA and cancer. And, I’ll probably continue to find these types of connections.
We are created from the Earth. Meaning, we have the same make-up that made the Earth. And the Universe. Our bodies are made up of Oxygen, Carbon, Hydrogen, Nitrogen, to name a few. So is the Earth. And Universe. These elements are also part of all of the living things on this planet. The food that is grown. The trees. The wild animals. The plants. The Earth creates and grows to sustain life. It only makes sense that plants can heal us. Essential oils derived from these plants can have the ability to heal us.
I’m convinced more than ever that I made the right choice with educating myself and using essential oils in my daily life. I still have a lot more to learn and will continue to share my experiences, here, with you.
For example, I’m diffusing Lemongrass right now. Not only, because I LOVE the smell of it (side note…have you ever drank Lemongrass tea? It’s amazing!). But, because of its health benefits. One of doctors in Broken Brain 2, specifically, mentioned Lemongrass.
- Includes the naturally occurring constituents neral, geranial, limonene, and beta-caryophyllene
- May support the digestive system and overall wellness*
- Has cleansing properties*
- Maintains a healthy circulatory system*
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Young Living products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
Now, there are many oils that can support brain and gut health. Lemongrass is just one of them. I suggest you do some research on brain health. Maybe watch the Broken Brain series. Some of the material may be topics you are well versed in. Others, my be eye-opening. I, also, suggest you do some research on essential oils. See if you see some potential benefits to your health. Physically and/or emotionally.
Feel free to reach out to me with questions about essential oils and how I use them everyday. I look forward to helping in any way I can.