Coaching for Brain Health
Concussions & Post-Concussion Syndrome
Have you or a loved one just had a concussion? Or been struggling with post-concussion syndrome for too long? I’ve been there. I know how frustrating it is to not be getting better. How scary it is when you don’t feel like yourself. And how challenging it is to advocate for yourself when your brain isn’t working right.
As a functional health coach, I empower you to regain control of your recovery. Together we can navigate treatment options and build your care team. We can work with your medical providers to develop a plan that addresses all aspects of your care. Your doctors and therapists may focus on retraining your brain, eyes, and vestibular system. We’ll look at how you breathe, what you eat, and how you move. Using the latest research, we will identify actionable steps that enable you to take charge of your health, one day at a time.
“Brain fog” is a pretty common complaint these days. Many people just chalk it up to getting older and being too busy and distracted. But it’s not something you have to accept. If it’s negatively impacting your quality of life, there are actions you can take to get your brain back on track.
“Brain fog” is a very non-specific condition that has many potential causes. Things like lack of quality sleep, stress, poor gut health, undiagnosed food sensitivities, excess inflammation, underlying autoimmune disease, and exposure to heavy metals, mold, and other toxic chemicals can all lead to brain fog.
Working with a functional medicine practitioner can help you uncover the root cause(s) of your brain fog. A functional health coach can provide the support and accountability that enables you to implement your protocol and experiment with proven lifestyle changes so you can reclaim your memory, focus, and clarity.
Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia
According to the CDC, an estimated 5.7 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease, and that number is predicted to climb to a whopping 13.8 million by 2050. It’s currently the 6th leading cause of death for all adult Americans, and the cost of the disease is immense. In 2017 alone, the total amount paid for health care, long-term care, and hospice for people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias was estimated at $259 billion.
In addition to the healthcare costs, caring for a family member with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia can take a substantial emotional, financial, and physical toll on the health and well-being of the caregiver.
Just like they tell you on an airplane, it’s important to “put your oxygen mask on first, before assisting others.” Here are a few resources to help you learn more about the Functional Medicine approach to Alzheimer’s disease and find caregiver support:
- Dr. Dale Bredesen is a leading expert in the mechanisms of neurodegenerative disease. If you or a loved one are concerned about or already dealing with Alzheimer’s disease or cognitive decline, check out Dr. Bredesen’s books, The End of Alzheimer’s and The End of Alzheimer’s Program, and the ReCODE program.
- If you are a caregiver for someone with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, find support. Consider working with a functional health coach, tapping into the resources provided by the Alzheimer’s Association or HFC, or seeking out other healthy forms of support in your community.
Finally, if you are concerned about your own personal risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease, there is so much you can do! Genetics are only a small part of the equation. The more we learn about Alzheimer’s disease, the better we understand how the things we can control – like our diets, lifestyle choices, and environmental factors (including exposure to toxins) – impact our our risk for developing the disease. To learn more, you can read Dr. Bredesen’s books, explore the PreCODE program, listen to Dr. Peter Attia’s interview with Lauren Miller Rogan and neurologist Dr. Richard Isaacson, or check out the free brain health resources from HFC.
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