Enhance brain cleansing to improve brain health – here’s how to do it!

by | Jul 5, 2024 | Aging gracefully, Brain Health | 0 comments

Brain cleansing

Your brain is incredibly metabolically active. It uses a whopping 20% of your body’s energy, even though it’s only 2% of the body’s overall weight.

With all that activity, the brain also produces a lot of metabolic waste that has to get flushed out. Poor waste clearance means more risk of dementia and other types of brain deterioration.

While you sleep

Your brain clears itself out continuously throughout the day, but the process accelerates while you sleep. The coordinated activity of different brain regions during deep sleep serves as a pump to clear the brain of its metabolic waste. That’s why a good night’s sleep is so important to brain health.

But a solid night of sleep isn’t the only factor that’s under your control. In order for the brain to cleanse itself effectively, there has to be a system of outflow channels free from restriction.

Individual cells are not responsible recyclers

Individual cells of your body don’t take their waste products down to the local recycling center. They just dump random chemicals into the intercellular space. From there, the chemicals have to gradually diffuse through the intercellular space into the lymph channels to be returned back to the general circulation. Then they’re either excreted (through urine, feces, or sweat) or reprocessed (mostly in the liver.)

How to unblock the lymph channels

Finding ways to enhance brain cleansing is an exciting new research topic in neuroscience.

One of the simplest ways is to make sure the lymph channels are clear. There are two manual therapy methods I use that can help.

One is craniosacral harmonics. I’ve written a few articles about that already.

The other method is based on the most recent research that shows the same lymph nodes in the neck that swell when you have a cold also serve as way-stations for the fluid being flushed from the brain.

I use a light stroking technique to speed up the flow through these channels. Until recently, I would typically only use this method when a patient had an upper respiratory illness (or something similar) and needed a little boost to speed up their lymph drainage.

But now I realize that with this method I can actually enhance the health of your brain.

Dr. Lavine has been an innovator in the use of movement and touch to promote health since 1981. He practices in New York City and Princeton, NJ.

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