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Help for Memory, Brain Fog, Attention and Focus

We commonly see patients with memory fog, memory lapses and difficulty thinking or experiencing memory difficulties.

We offer the following treatments at the clinic:

  • Cognitive testing
  • Adjustments for better spinal alignment and decrease inflammation
  • Supplements to improve memory
  • Dietary changes to improve memory
  • Exercises to improve memory

 

We also encourage all of our clients to practice easy to do memory improvement strategies at home. Here is an example:

Limit the use of artificially sweetened beverages. 

According to a recent study published in the journal Stroke , drinking at least one artificially sweetened beverage daily has been associated with almost three times the risk of developing stroke or dementia compared to those who drank artificially sweetened beverages less than once a week.

The data didn’t distinguish between the types of artificial sweetener used in the drinks, and studied the dietary habits of 2,888 people over the ages of 45 over a 10 year period.

A Note from Dr Agger:   I remember studying Dr Russell Blaylock’s book: ‘ Excito-toxins: The taste that kills ‘ almost 10 years ago, which really opened my eyes to some not so nice additives that are unregulated and promiscuous in our food supply, and often stealthily hidden too. As a doctor that specializes in reducing pain and brain fog, it is important to realize that an excitotoxin is just that: it will excite the brain, causing inflammation and confusion.

Here is a link to Russell’s book Excitotoxins, the Taste That Kills.

Brain healthy information:  The most common artificial sweeteners in fizzy drinks are Aspartame and Nutrisweet. These are also regularly found in sugar free chewing gum such as Orbit, etc. Look at your labels on drinks and foods and try to drink beverages that do not use artificial sweeteners.

Some alternatives:

Stevia is a plant derived substance in the Ragweed family found in South America. Stevia Leaf extracts and Green Leaf Stevia are the most pure sources of this plant that, when consumed, doesn’t raise blood sugar ( and thus, is good for sugar sensitive individuals and Diabetics.). Some Stevia extracts are extracted by industrial processes using toxic chemicals ( just like many synthetic supplements ). If you see a product that has Stevia in it, do some digging….ask the company how it is processed: then you know if it is something you want to put into your body, or not!

Xylitol, Mannitol, erythitol are sugar alcohols that can be used. Xylitol can help with oral health in cleansing the palate by rinsing, as it seems to stop bacteria sticking to teeth. It is manufactured, however, and this can include hydrogenation ( not good ) , and, like some Stevia extracts, can be processed with toxic industrial chemicals. Again, with these ‘ natural ‘ sweeteners,  ALWAYS find out how the items on the label are manufactured. The sugar alcohols mentioned above can ferment in the digestive tract and cause, gas, bloating and occasional digestive stress.

If you want to dodge chewing gum altogether, chew celery strings until you have lots of saliva ( read: digestive juices chocked full with digestive enzymes ) and swallow : these insoluble celery fibers will roto-rooter your large intestines out, removing excess crud and toning your intestines, so that they absorb nutrients better, and become less inflamed. Because there is a strong connection between your brain health and your gut; your gut, and therefore, your brain will be delighted!

My personal favourite sweetener is fruit. Not juices ( which have little fiber content and are mostly pure sugar ), but apples, pears, etc. Low glycemic ( sugar ) values and loads of fiber!

If you  or a loved one are suffering from dementia or memory loss call us today for an evaluation.

Study cited:

Sugar- and Artificially Sweetened Beverages and the Risks of Incident Stroke and Dementia: A Prospective Cohort Study.    Pase MP, Himali JJ, Beiser AS, Aparicio HJ, Satizabal CL, Vasan RS, Seshadri S, Jacques PF. Stroke. 2017 May;48(5):1139-1146. doi: 10.1161/STROKEAHA.116.016027. PMID: 28428346