Episode #35 : A New Secret To Detoxing Your Brain

November 18, 2019

Show Notes:

Speaker 1: (00:00)
Hey everybody, what's going on? Dr. Chad Woolner here, Dr. Buddy Allen. And this is episode 35 of the health fundamentals podcast. And on today's episode we're going to be talking about a new secret to detoxing your brain. So let's get started.

Speaker 2: (00:13)
You're listening to the health fundamentals podcast. I'm dr Chad Woolner and I'm dr buddy Allen. And this show was about giving you the simple but powerful and cutting edge tools you need to change your health and your life. So sit back and enjoy the show as we show you the path to your best life down to a science.

Speaker 1: (00:32)
So, Hey everybody, on today's episode we're going to be talking about a new secret, quote unquote, to detoxing your brain. The fact of the matter is, what's new about, this isn't what it is, but there's actually new research on what it does on what it does, right? Uh, and so we don't, we're, the last thing in the world we want is for this to be click baity or feel like it's clickbait. But the truth is, is that there's a new study and there's new research that's, that's coming out that showing something pretty powerful. Um, there was an article on us news, uh, that said deep sleep may rinse days, toxins from the brain. Uh, and so, uh, there was research done at Boston university, uh, Dr. Laura Lewis. And, uh, what they basically said was, uh, researchers found that during deep sleep, slow wave activity of nerve cells appears to make room for cerebral spinal fluid to rhythmically move in and out of the brain.

Speaker 1: (01:29)
A process believed to rinse out metabolic waste products and that crazy. That's awesome. That's cool. You know, so, so basically yet again, another piece of evidence supporting sleeps therapeutic benefits on our overall health and wellbeing. Uh, this time specifically showing what it could do powerfully for our brain. Um, and so, you know, I don't know about you, but for me it was probably in the first five years of practice where I started to really, uh, see firsthand in a clinical experience, clinical setting, just how powerful and how overlooked sleep is in the overall healing process. You know, we as as chiropractors, we see a lot of neck and back pain cases. Um, and I started to see what I, what I refer to as the ugly triad where I would find kind of three things very, uh, intimately connected together for bad on it. And it was pain.

Speaker 1: (02:32)
It was typically neck pain, back pain, shoulder pain, other similar types of pain, bad, bad pain, uh, sleep problems and mental health problems, anxiety, depression, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera. Those, those three things kind of go hand in hand and almost in this very negative, vicious circle, vicious cycle, circle, triangle, whatever you want to call it. But, but the idea of never downplaying the therapeutic benefits of that's, and that's easier said than done a lot of times for people who are in pain because oftentimes pain can prevent them from getting the rest that their body needs. But, um, figuring out strategies to help assist people to get rest can be such sleep in and of itself. If people can achieve deep therapeutic sleep, can play such a powerful role in just the body's ability to be able to heal and recover. And here the researchers is showing us, this is exactly the case when it comes to brain health as well.

Speaker 1: (03:31)
I'd kind of make sure the brain pulsating in your head when you said that, you know, it allows the fluid to kind of rind things out. Right. And, and I suppose it probably does with the beat of your heart or what have you, but yeah, the, the relaxing, um, rhythms of the deep sleep just kind of helped just flush everything out. And there's a lot of studies on deep REM sleep and, and how it, um, helps with memory. It helps with, uh, you know, better energy. It helps with recovery from right. You know, all types of sicknesses or stresses on your body. So, sure. Obviously just helps make it, helps you, um, uh, respond better to all the stresses of life, you know? So, in fact, if you think about it, if you don't get restful sleep, you know, and it's like generally if you're tired, you're going to be grumpy or you're going to have a shorter fuse, you're gonna fly off the handle.

Speaker 1: (04:25)
You know, it's like if you yell at your kids, it's usually because I've noticed like if I get snippy with my kids, um, it's usually cause I'm real tired. I just don't have the, uh, the energy to, to put up with it saws, you know, I snap out and, right. And so it's like, man, it again, it's one of those things that it makes sense that that would do it, but now they actually have science that shows it. Yeah. Well, and that mechanism is just kinda crazy. Um, they, they talk about one of the, um, harmful waste products that they talked about is beta amyloid. And that's a, that's a big topic because when we talk about things like dementia, that's a common kind of byproduct or a buildup that they see. Alzheimer's. The plaque. Yeah, exactly. The plaquing that occurs. And it's interesting because, uh, this is like brand new.

Speaker 1: (05:15)
This is published today, uh, November 1st in, uh, issue of sciences where they published it. And it's interesting because she, the, the, uh, Laura Lewis goes on to say that, that, uh, these findings do not prove that deep sleep helps ward off dementia or other diseases. Um, and I understand in terms of they want to be cautious about the implications, claims of claims that they're made. But at the same token, it's like, you know what, here's the deal. Sleep, good, good rest and good high sleep hygiene and getting that peop breast certainly not going to make it any worse. You know. So I, I think the, the, I think logical thing to say is, is that this should be included as part of an overall strategy for brain health. Well, they've done studies and they've done loads of studies where they deprive people of sleep. Oh yeah.

Speaker 1: (06:09)
And it makes people insane. Well, not only that, but they also look at, they've done sleep deprivation studies where they show dramatic increases in inflammatory markers throughout the body. Uh, they, they've done studies where they show that, uh, your body increases something known as substance P, which is a pain, um, ma mediator. It increases your body's, or it may, basically what it does is it lowers your body's pain threshold so you're more sensitive to pain. Um, and so it's just, just understand, you know, that, that uh, we don't need to tip toe around this intervention here. We can be really pretty, quite clear, uh, and pretty definitive to say that that sleep can help your body in just about any way that anything you're struggling with sleep can certainly help with. We've done earlier episodes where we talk specifically about sleep. If you haven't listened to it, do you know, sleep is, it can be a trick for, um, plenty of individuals who suffer from sleep deprivation because of work schedules because of sure.

Speaker 1: (07:12)
Insomnia or other issues. There are ways to help reprogram your sleep patterns. Yes. And so learn how to do so if you're struggling with it and you know things, there's things like sleep apnea, you name it. There's, there's reasons why our sleep can be interrupted. And if, you know, you do have issues with it, um, work on getting that figured out because it's going to, it really will impact your longterm health. Have you seen, have you had personal experiences dealing with patients where, uh, you've seen, uh, you know, indirect or direct benefits from chiropractic adjustments, helping them improve their sleep? Sleeping better. Yeah. Cause you decrease pain. Right. But, but even, even other than that, I mean, obviously that's a, that's a very logical one to write, but, um, just in terms of that logic tells me that improving one's mechanical function is going to improve the body's ability to be able to get into a deeper state of relaxation and therefore help in terms of sleep.

Speaker 1: (08:10)
Yeah. Whatever the mechanism, mechanism, mechanism is, sorry. That's M and a, whether it be from, you know, just neurologically relaxing your body or decreasing pain, whatever it is. Yeah. Definitely makes a difference. Yeah. So, uh, so yeah, powerful new, a new study. Um, and, and the way that it goes about it is pretty, you know, so many studies like this to me just really remind us what, what a powerful thing our bodies are and are capable of, you know, that they are truly designed when we allow them to do the things that they're normally meant to do. If we get out of our own way, um, they can do some pretty powerful things that, that they're normally just programmed to be able to do. And stuff like this is always powerful too because it just shows us and reminds us that we're learning new stuff all the time, that we don't have everything figured out.

Speaker 1: (08:59)
Sure. There's still so much that we don't know, um, about something as fundamental as sleep. Um, and so just look at this in terms of your own life. Um, you know, if you're looking for ways to kind of quote unquote detox your brain, you know, um, if you feel like you're overworked, overstressed, uh, maybe you feel like you need to take a little bit of a break from social media and where other, um, you know, things that are just kind of firing at you at all at all times. Maybe look at sleep is a very, you know, useful and effective therapeutic tool for doing that for. And now the research again supports that, you know, that, that it can, you know, the, the, the, the, the headline of the article said that it, it can rinse quote unquote the days toxins from the brain. So, uh, don't underestimate the power of a good nights sleep. Don't, uh, it's a powerful, powerful tool. Uh, it's the way our body was normally designed to be able to rest and restore. Um, so utilize that. It's available to all of us. Um, so we can use that as a, as a tool for helping us with our health. So, uh, thanks for listening and hope this has been useful and we look forward to sharing more with you guys on the next episode. Talk to you later.

Speaker 2: (10:15)
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