There are three primary neurotransmitter’s (brain chemical’s) associated with learning. They are noreadrenalin (NA), Dopamine, and Acetylcholine (ACh). NA is responsible for learning the information. NA is typically reduced in blood sugar problems and is the main brain chemical associated in most ADD challenges. When blood sugar drops the brain is unfed and basically won’t retain the material. One becomes unfocused and unattentive. May even lead to petite mall seizures. Limiting sugar, treating yeast, and eating Blood Type beneficial foods are often helpful in this condition.
Dopamine is responsible for retaining the material. Dopamine is a precursor to estrogen and is typically reduced in hormonal imbalances. You have experienced the benefits of Dopamine if you have ever experienced the “runners high.” This is part of why cardiovascular exercise is beneficial to learning, happiness, and contentedness. Exercise also enhances the health (neuroplasticity) of the brain. With poor diet and lack of exercise the brain literally gets mushy.
Acetylcholine (ACh) is the brain chemical for um, um, um, um, ah … Oh yea, Recall. When ACh is low then the good news is the info is in there, one just can’t access it. ACh is the brain control for the liver and gallbladder. So often “recall” problems are actually a detox problem. You may have heard me say this before… I find tomatoes to disrupt ACh metabolism potentially causing memory problems, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. Trans fatty acids and processed foods can disrupt this pathway, as can B6 or choline deficiencies.
Chronic stress is a huge contributor to dementia type brain deterioration. True dementia is quite often a literal atrophy of the brain due to the negative effects of the stress hormone cortisol. This is minimized by maintaining proper balance in life. Taking a Sabbath day, and vacation’s to allow the body (adrenal’s) to restore. Vitamin’s like B5, zinc, eleuthero, and adrenal glandular’s are a few consideration’s.
Excitotoxins like MSG and aspartate also can literally kill brain cells leading to memory loss. These fake foods excite nerve cells (open calcium channels causing the nerve to fire) to the point of death. The damage may be irreversible but minimized by nutrients like B6, folic acid, or B12.
Autoimmune problems of gluten sensitivity can also cause damage to the brain if untreated as the brain and the gut function are very closely related.
Take care of your brain. It is the only one you have. Fortunately, we have billions of brain cells since we are all losing them to some degree. The rate at which we loose them can be very determined by your lifestyle choices. Will you choose to flourish in those “golden years,” or flounder. The choice is now in your hands.
“The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light.” Matt 6:22
As the eye’s are a lamp of the body, we can learn about our health through visual shortcomings. Many examples of this come from the stress gland the adrenals. The same mechanism that should tonify the veins when you stand up so that blood does not pool in your feet, also should tonify the pupil in bright lights. This is the mechanism that shrinks the pupil to block out light and focus on far away objects (far vision). Alternatively, the pupil needs to relax for reading (near vision).
When the adrenal glands are struggling to adapt to our stress, then it can manifest in the functioning of the eye’s. Ever get dizzy when you stood up to fast? Need your sunglasses in bright lights when you are tired? Trouble focusing when your are hungry? In these scenario’s one would want to identify the core stress, be it wrong foods, under rest, or need of vitamins.
Blind spots? Structural misalignment in the spine, especially the neck can cause visual blind spots. Did your vision deteriorate after a whiplash or injury? Appropriately administered chiropractic works wonderfully and often instantly here.
Double vision (diplopia or strabismus) can occur from a parasitic infection. Parasites cause a reduction of the brain calming chemical GABA. When GABA is low the muscle on the outside of the eye can get weak. This causes the eye’s to track improperly. The eye in the bottom left of the diagram would quite likely have parasites based on the brown around the pupil and the spots in the iris. There are many highly effective herbs to treat parasitic infections.
There are also wonderful therapies for those who fall asleep in the car or have poor reading retention. Unfortunately, the therapies are widely varied and beyond the scope of this brief over view.
Cataracts are often due to free radical damage of processed diets and respond well to vegetables and antioxidant therapies. Even glaucoma can respond to herbs to help the liver and kidney work more efficiently.
May your eyes be a bright window telling a healthy story.