Our quality of sleep determines our Wellness perhaps more than any other factor. Lack of sleep can kill. Vehicle crashes from drowsy driving exceed those from BOTH drunk driving and driving under the influence of drugs combined.
After being awake for 19 hours, drivers were as impaired as those legally drunk. Getting behind the wheel with 4 hours or less and you are 11.5 times more likely to crash. Four hours of sleep and being drunk is the worst increasing the risk 30X.
Great sleep lifts all boats in the harbor and is the best anti-inflammatory known for both the brain and body. It is the anti-aging miracle that heals both body and brain.
What is great sleep?
Fall asleep easily without need for a drug.
Stay asleep though the night with no interruptions.
Awake rested, recharged and ready to go.
A balance of NREM sleep and REM sleep
NREM (Non Rapid Eye Movement) sleep is deep delta wave sleep that allow our brain to prune away connections no longer being used, detox and flush away toxins, and normalize inflammation and swelling. Lack of NREM sleep leads to poor memory and dementia symptoms. Laser or other stimulation to the prefrontal cortex can enhance this critical form of sleep.
REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep allows making new connections. While dreaming, the “theatre of our mind” combines memories in new and remarkably creative combinations. It solidifies movement patterns like the new piano piece or basketball shot so by morning, we “have it down”. Poor REM sleep is often demonstrated by someone who can’t remember if they dreamed and is also linked with a high risk of dementia. Thiamine 50 support this type of sleep.
Lack of sufficient quality and quantity of sleep leads to memory and function losses just like dementia. In fact, you can create dementia through poor sleep.
NREM deep sleep activates the deep cleaning, glymphatic cleaning and detox system that flushes out chemical toxins, adenosine, tau protein, amyloid, and other toxic proteins linked with dementia.
This is so important that just one night of poor sleep creates a prediabetic condition the next day and can lead to binging on up to 40% more junk food carbs than normal.
What helps us get to sleep?
Our circadian rhythm helps us wake up and fall asleep on schedule when working properly. We need sunlight on our face and just 5 minutes of exercise to set our circadian clock in the morning. In the evening, it is ideal to eat dinner at least 3 hours before bedtime. Also really important to turn off computers, phones, TV, and any other electronics at least 1 hour before bedtime – 2 hours is better.
Lastly, avoid “junk light” especially in the evening. LED lights, computers, TV’s, and phones emit harsh blue frequencies that rev the brain making quality sleep unlikely. Wearing “True Dark” twilight glasses at least one hour before bed blocks 4 different sleep harming wavelengths of light. Ideal is wearing our True Darks when the sun goes down. https://truedark.com/twilights/
HMB stands for beta-hydroxy-beta-methylbutyrate and is naturally produced in small amounts when your body breaks down leucine, an essential amino acid.
Our muscle is dynamic, with both muscle breakdown and muscle building happening throughout the day. The goal is to ensure that breakdown isn’t happening faster than building. Age-related muscle loss, known as sarcopenia, affects approximately one in three adults age 50 and older. This decline in muscle health can contribute to fatigue, losses in strength and energy, increased risk of falling, and poor mobility.
HMB acts to keep you healthy by slowing muscle breakdown. A well-balanced diet rich in protein and exercising regularly supports the natural balance.
HMB DOUBLES the effects of exercise on muscle growth!
Dr. Gerhart uses FITFood LEAN Collagen as a supplement to his daily exercise routine
Many suffer with anxiety, depression, fatigue, Brain Fog, post-concussion brain injuries, or neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimers, Parkinson’s, and Multiple Sclerosis. Others suffer with attention deficit problems, hyperactivity, or autism symptoms.
Is there hope for improvements?
In our experience, the answer is usually “yes” as long as we work to “Solve the Puzzle” of why your brain is suffering.
The science of neuroplasticity tells us that our neurons (brain cells) can change (plasticity) more than we imagine. This means our brain can rewire even after a stroke or brain injury to take over the functions of the damaged areas in ways that can sometime seem miraculous. After years of abuse, neglect, and suffering, our brain has a remarkable ability to heal and change.
What does our brain need to rewire and heal?
Energy – we need our mitochondria to work really well to power the rewiring miracle of neuroplasticity. We have tools like healing lasers, frequency specific microcurrent, pulsed magnetic field therapy and a host of nutraceutical supplements to recharge our neurons and body.
Stimulation – we need activation of critical brain control centers – especially the parasympathetic controls centers located in our brain stem to dial back our stress response and turn on:
Healing and Repair
Calm and Peaceful
Digestion and Detox
Mitochondrial repair and regeneration
We use tools like unilateral spinal neurologic adjusting, Vagal stimulation therapies, and brain activation therapies.
Exercise – since neurons that fire together, wire together, we must use these new brain circuits we are creating or we lose them. Vagal stimulation exercises, Neuromodulation therapies, and sensory stimulation therapies can have especially powerful benefits.
In short, we need to “Solve the Puzzle” of why your brain is suffering to help create a “Happy Brain”
A consult or Foundation Visit is a great way to get started. Others who want learn even more about their brain start with a Brain Scan.
Call Renovare at (623) 776-0206 for more information
We have 5 TRILLION synapses in our brain – the most complex network in the known universe! Each synapse is a small gap at the end of a neuron (nerve cell) that allows a signal to pass from one neuron to the next.
With dementia, we lack the resources (energy, nutritents, ATP, stimulation) to support these synapses, so they begin to wither.
Below are examples of possible symptoms that can occurr if nerve synapses begin to wither. Everyone is different:
At 10% loss, we likely notice nothing – our brain compensates
Same at 20%
At 30%, perhaps we think it is just “aging” even if we are age 45
At 40%, more noticeable. We may develop chronic digestive problems and anxiety/depression and insomnia.
At 50% loss, we may be diagnosed with “Mild Cognitive Decline” which is really early dementia.
At 60% or speech and hearing decline, our automatic functions start to decline – perhaps high blood pressure, fatigue, and respiratory problems develop.At 70 or 80% loss, we don’t remember our family and friends.
At 70 or 80% loss – we don’t remember our family and friends
Beyond – organ systems start to shut down until we eventually die from our Neurodegenerative disease (not pneumonia, COVID, or other)
It is very Important to get a “Cognoscopy” (colonoscopy for the brain) to pick up problems early when they can more easily be helped.
When things first broke loose in March, I had some fear and uncertainty. Doing the research with due diligence to understand what was really happening helped me come to term with the real issues and move beyond fear. This is what I have come to understand:
While reducing exposure matters, boosting our immune system matters far more. My understanding is that a stronger immune system is over 90% of the focus and avoiding exposure is much less.
Reducing exposure to an air-borne virus – flu, common cold, or COVID 19 – is extremely difficult. Masks and distancing have very limited effect.
Optimizing Vitamin D blood levels has a profound effect on immune Wellness. The published paper in the journal Nutrients 2020,12,2757 suggests that up to 90% of all COVID deaths are from Vitamin D insufficiency.
Sunlight, sleep, stress management, exercise as well as eliminating junk food and sugary drinks and replacing with a variety of fresh vegetables and nutrient dense foods also help.
Fear, Fear, Fear is the virus that is most harmful.
With few exceptions, those who are dying with COVID are those within 6 months of dying from other causes – heart disease, cancer, diabetes, dementia, multi-system organ failure.
We are 100 Trillion viruses, bacteria, and other germs covered in human skin. Our human cells are outnumbered by the “germs” that live in and on us called our Microbiome. Many of these “germs” are critically important to our healthy and immune Wellness. Learning to take care of our Microbiome is profoundly important for immune Wellness.
Our misguided efforts to protect the elderly have unleashed a cruel epidemic of anxiety, depression, loneliness, isolation in which many fear being imprisoned in assisted living “prisons”. Many are losing their will to live and dying from isolation. This feels like “cruel and unusual punishment”.
In summary, I feel no fear as I treat patients and am exposed in countless ways to those with the flu, common cold, and COVID 19 virus. My immune system has been keeping me healthy for over 60 years. When I take reasonably good care of my immune system, it takes great care of me.
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