You know your brain is important for clear thinking, but did you know it is also key to ensuring your overall health remains intact? More importantly, a healthy brain is vital to a healthy heart.
The heart and brain have a synergistic relationship. When one fails, the other is in trouble. This is why brain health is just as important as heart health. But what most people do not realize is that there are several invisible pollutants that can threaten the health of your brain, which as a result can impact your heart.
The Heart and Brain: A Match Made in Heaven?
The brain acts as the conductor of the human body, giving orders and providing direction to the figurative “trains cars” it is pulling. When these commands are interrupted, it can affect everything else in your body. Most importantly, an interruption in the signals from the brain can significantly affect heart health.
Your heart and brain find themselves in this intertwined relationship, with both being affected by oxidative stress, chronic inflammation and disruptions in blood flow, among other things. The brain is even more vulnerable than your heart to these environmental stressors. When these factors, along with invisible pollutants, damage brain cells, it can become difficult to process information and recall facts.
The good news is that many of the same recommendations I make for keeping your heart healthy also boost the health of your brain and entire body. So which invisible pollutants should you be on the lookout for and where do they come from?
What are Invisible Pollutants?
One of the main things to look out for in your daily environment is the presence of electromagnetic fields (EMFs), which are generated by many of the everyday items that we use. EMFs are generated by everything from cell phones to wireless networks, and even our home appliances like televisions, microwave ovens and stereos. This invisible pollution affects all the electrical currents in your body, including those that regulate the beating of your heart and the 500 trillion synapses in your brain. So, limiting your EMF exposure is extremely important.
How Can Invisible Pollutants Affect Us?
Over the years, numerous studies have been done to analyze the thermal health effects like cancer and non-thermal effects like immune system response resulting from cell phone use. However, many health experts recommend precautionary cell phone use, while almost all agree that more research on the topic is necessary.
There are two studies that sought to dig into the immediate physiological effects on the body rather than long-term effects. The physiological effects that were focused on were EMF’s effect on brain and heart health, which helped to reinforce my efforts to ensure the health of both systems in all of my patients.
In a 2010 study, Havas et al. found that talking on a cordless phone can directly impact the proper functioning of your heart. Cordless phones operate at the same radio frequency (RF) that Wi-Fi does. According to the study, 40% of participants experienced changes in heart rhythm, heart rate, or heart rate variability after exposure to cordless phone emissions during three-minute intervals.
In a second randomized crossover study conducted by Volkow, researchers sought to look at the immediate effects of cellphone use on brain activity. The researchers separated participants into two groups, with the groups being blind as to whether the cell phones were operational or not. Overall, the results of the study found that exposure to cell phone radiation caused brain cells closest to the antenna to metabolize more sugar than they would when not exposed to the RF radiation.
Volow’s group said the topic needs more research to establish a true connection between the use of cell phones and adverse effects on brain health. However, the results are still significant because altered cell physiology must be shown to prove the possibility of a link between altered brain activity and cell phone use. This is why I recommend taking several steps to mitigate their EMF exposure to protect their overall health.
Taking the Necessary Steps to Protect Your Brain
Invisible pollutants surround us every single day. There is no absolute solution to eliminating all EMFs from your life. However, there are several steps you can take to mitigate your exposure to these pollutants. I personally practice all of the following EMF avoidance, nutrition and supplementation and grounding techniques.
A simple first avoidance step starts in the kitchen. If you wait in front of your microwave for your food to heat up, it is time to stop! And if you feel like you can manage, eliminate the microwave oven completely from your kitchen.
Next, become more aware of cell phone usage. To limit EMF exposure, I suggest only using your cell phone on speaker and never putting it up to your ear. To further eliminate cell phone use, I also recommend using a corded landline phone for calls at home.
I also recommend using a hardwired Internet connection using Ethernet instead of Wi-Fi, a major culprit for EMFs. These steps are crucial to implement in your own life. They are even more important to implement in your children’s lives because they do not have the same defense mechanisms to protect them as adults do. They are more vulnerable because they are smaller, their skulls are thinner, and their brain tissues are far more absorbent. In fact, research shows that children’s brains absorb twice as much electromagnetic radiation as adult brains. Because of this, use should be limited to emergencies only.
These avoidance techniques from EMFs are crucial to brain and heart health but so is nutrition and supplementation. If you don’t have a solid supplement routine, now is the time to adopt one. Start with a good multivitamin, CoQ10 (100 mg daily if you are taking a statin), omega-3 and magnesium. All of these supplements will help support brain and heart health. For added protection, my new Focal Point Plus supplement uses a unique combination of clinically validated ingredients including Longvida Optimized Curcumin, CogniBoost American Ginseng, and vitamin K2 menaquinone-7 (MK7), which together can help support cognitive health and memory, healthy blood flow and arterial health.
The last step I recommend is to practice earthing, which simply means you connect to the Earth by walking barefoot on the ground. You can also use a grounding pad to participate in earthing. This is a simple, free technique to help increase mindfulness, as well as protect you from EMF radiation.
Remember that your brain acts as the conductor of your body, pulling the cars behind it that represent the various systems in your body. The heart is one of the most crucial cars that holds a deep, intertwined relationship with the brain. Doing your part in supporting these two critical systems can help ensure they are in good health to support you in a long, healthy life.
Bio: Dr. Stephen Sinatra is one of the most highly respected and sought-after cardiologists whose integrative approach to treating cardiovascular disease has revitalized patients with even the most advanced forms of illness. He has more than 40 years of clinical practice, research and study, starting his career as an attending physician at Manchester Memorial Hospital in Connecticut. He is known as one of America’s top integrative cardiologists, combining conventional medical treatments for heart disease with complementary nutritional, anti-aging and psychological therapies. He is an author, speaker and adviser for the research and development of nutritional supplements with Healthy Directions. Sinatra is a best-selling author of more than a dozen books, including, “Heartbreak and Heart Disease,” “The Great Cholesterol Myth,” “Reversing Heart Disease Now “Heart Sense for Women,” “The Sinatra Solution” and “Metabolic Cardiology.”