Concussions : What to Avoid

Concussions : What to Avoid

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– Hey guys, Dr. Ryan Hewitt here. So this is the third of our three videos that we’re doing about concussions. The first video was what to
do if you have a concussion. Number two was what to
take to support the healing and promote the healing
mechanisms of the body. And then three, of course
this is what to avoid. So this is a really important category, this is one that isn’t
that well understood because of the invisible
nature of a concussion, you can’t see the injury,
you’re not bleeding or limping, so you have to take this as serious as if you had a serious joint
or soft tissue injury, right? Your brain’s nervous system,
even more critical than that, the proof is that it is
the only organ system encased in bone. So to take really good care of it, here’s what you wanna avoid. Number one, you wanna
avoid repeated head trauma. Duh, so this one is a kind of
a no-brainer, no pun intended. But the dumbest thing you could do is have a repeated head trauma by getting back to your sport too early, putting yourself in situations where you are at risk
for another head trauma. Another head trauma accelerates
that inflammatory cascade in the body which they
have shown from research that this makes you more susceptible to things like Parkinson’s
and Alzheimer’s. So repeated stress to the head, not good, not supportive of continued
healing from your concussion. Number two, stress,
specifically here I’m talking about mental emotional stress. It makes sense that you
wanna rest an injury after you become exposed
so taking yourself out of stressful environments. So this includes environments
that have excessive noise, excessive light stimulation, that have any sort of excessive strain to the nervous system. So taking yourself out
of this to make sure that you are creating an environment that helps support your nervous
system’s recovery abilities. Number three, excessive pain meds. This one is very individualized,
but very specifically, making sure that you’re steering clear of overdoing the pain meds because what happens when
you have a head trauma, this actually opens up
the blood brain barrier and it becomes more
susceptible to toxicity. You wanna make sure you’re minimizing things like your nonsteroidal
anti-inflammatories, but, of course, we’re all
aware now of the dangers of opioid drugs as well. So steering clear of opioids and keeping the NSAID
medication to a minimum. These can also a lotta
gut disruption over time. There’s a lot of research that shows that there’s a tremendous amount of people that are becoming sick and even dying of excessive pain med use. So this is one you gotta be careful of. Last one is sugar. This one is maybe the least
obvious of all of these, but what you may not know with sugar is that they know that excessive sugar, specifically high-fructose
corn syrups, refined carbs, that is creating a disease process called Type 3 diabetes, aka Alzheimer’s. So they know that excessive sugars, or even sugars that you may
think are normal amounts, but because they’re in
such a processed version it spikes your blood sugar and what it causes is constriction of your blood vessels to your brain. This also impairs some of your
immune function to your body so this is one of the
worst things you could do as your brain and nervous
system is healing. So you wanna make sure that you’re keeping
blood flow to the brain, you wanna make sure that you’re supporting your immune system
rather than suppressing, so make sure you’re
these into action, guys. Thanks for watching our
concussion series this month. We’re sure to bring you some
awesome content for next month. So have an awesome day.

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