Losing a healthy mind is one of the worst things that can happen to a human being. Nowadays, we are all at risk of experiencing brain damage due to some man-made chemicals that can be found in many products we use daily. These chemicals represent a major threat to our brain health, but the good news is that there are easy ways to avoid them.
The controlled addition of fluoride to public water systems as a way to fight tooth decay had negative effects on the brains of people all over North America.
According to a report published by the Fluoride Action Network (FAN), fluoride is linked to lower IQ, even at the amounts added to public water systems in the USA. The report stated that 34 studies have found a connection between fluoride and lower IQ levels in humans. In addition to this, there are many other studies which have shown that fluoride can cause learning and memory impairment, and fetal brain damage.
One recent study sponsored by UNICEF found that IQ was reduced at just 0.88 mg/l of fluoride, which is a level that is considered safe and is added to U.S public water systems that serve more than 230 million people every day.
The best way to remove fluoride from your water supply is by installing a high-quality water filter.
- Heavy Metals
The bodies and the brains of many people are full of heavy metals like mercury as a result of dental procedures, vaccines, industrial pollution, agricultural chemicals, chicken, fish, and more.
Newborn babies are most susceptible to brain damage because their blood-brain barrier is not fully developed and are generally subjected to an intense vaccination that injects high levels of mercury directly into their body. In babies with a genetic susceptibility, a deficiency in enzymes that can remove heavy metals from the body can lead to neurological damage, which usually results in autistic symptoms.
Robert Nash, M.D., stated that the toxic effects of mercury can cause numerous brain-related diseases, such as Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, and neurodevelopmental diseases.
The best ways to prevent heavy metal poisoning is by avoiding flu shots, and mercury fillings and chemicals. You should also take precautionary measures whenever you consume seafood.
- Artificial Sweeteners
The negative effects that artificial sweeteners have on the brain are well documented by numerous studies conducted in recent years. These sugar substitutes are commonly added into sodas, flavored water, chewing gums, cooking sauces, cereals, and various sugar-free products.
The most dangerous artificial sweetener is called aspartame. This food additive is a combination of aspartic acid (an amino acid with excitatory effects on brain cells), methanol and phenylalanine. When aspartame breaks down, it produces a chemical compound that can even cause a brain tumor. Researchers have documented almost 90 different symptoms that have occurred as a result of aspartame consumption. Some of them include anxiety attacks, migraines, slurred speech, and depression.
You can easily avoid artificial sweeteners like aspartame by reading the label of every food item you want to buy. Also, it is good to know that FDA recently approved of calling aspartame AminoSweet. So, beware of that ingredient as well.
- Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)
MSG can be simply described as a type of concentrated salt that is used by the food industry to enhance flavor. According to Dr. Blaylock, a famous neurosurgeon, excitotoxins like MSG cause silent brain damage, which can lead to the development of serious brain diseases like Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s with time.
The best way to avoid MSG is to stop eating processed foods. But, if you can’t remove all processed foods from your diet, then always take a look at the food label to see whether the product contains monosodium glutamate or yeast extract. Also, keep in mind that Chinese foods are usually prepared with MSG. So, whenever you go to a Chinese restaurant, request the cook not to use MSG by giving him the reason that you are allergic to this flavor enhancer.