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If You Have a Concussion You Should Read This
A Silent Conversation
There's something that silently slips past friendly conversations as you try to toughen up and hold yourself together like a football player back in the game as soon as he's down. Concussion symptoms are extreme. They can happen to anyone, and whether you're a football player or not, you are bound to feel the symptoms after getting a concussion. The reality is, all it takes is one split second in the wrong place at the wrong time, and there you have it: something propels you into a different way of life.
In this article, we'll start with some ways to tell if you have a concussion, what you should know if you have a concussion and move on to work with integrating steps you can take to help yourself heal from a concussion. If you suspect you have a concussion see your doctor immediately.
Concussion Poll : Recovery Time
Have you suffered from a concussion? How much time did it take before you felt better?
Concussion Basics : It's a Brain Sprain
A concussion is technically a "brain sprain", like a sprained ankle, but, a sprained brain. A person usually gets a concussion from a car accident, sports injury, accidental fall, or while in the military. The CDC estimates over 2 million people per year get concussions, yet most of what we hear is of an NFL player's latest concussion news or Hillary Clinton and her funny-looking glasses.
Common Symptoms of Concussion:
- Head pressure
- Sensitivity to light and sound
- Fatigue & Exhaustion
- Blurry vision
- Memory problems
- Feeling confused
- Abrupt mood changes
- Ringing in ears
There's some powerful, relatively simple ways to help support concussion health from home, and that's where we're heading next.
Concussion Treatment starts in...bed!
Supplements for Concussion Treatment
- Fish Oil - High Doses
- High-quality B-Vitamin
- "Cell Salts" / tissue salts
- Vitamin D
- Whole-food Multivitamin
Supplements for concussions have been used by a wide variety of individuals with concussions, who attest to the benefits. Many of the above have shown promising results when studied by some of the top medical professionals for brain health, combined with other aspects of recovery. Studies on NFL football players with lasting concussion symptoms showed an impressive amount of measured improvement by implementing some essentials, which we'll look at next.
Four ways to treat your concussion symptoms
- Turn off all electronics! No phones, tv, books, computers, texting, music, or video games. Your brain needs serious rest. You should focus completely on doing so.
- Eliminate caffeine & sugar, because of the way it effects the brain. Not good (even though it's so good!) Try finding an alternative to coffee, and switch to honey or maple syrup - much better for you than sugar (though not an excuse to go through the whole jar).
- Switch up your diet - keep it delicious, but make it nutritious by using organic & whole food ingredients. You might be surprised that you actually enjoy some of the foods for your brain, and find comfort in knowing you're helping yourself get better. Extra weight makes concussion symptoms worse. Healthy fats are essential for your brain, so limit bad fat and enjoy cooking with healthy fats such pastured butter, coconut oil, olive oil, and avocado.
Reduce stress in any constructive way you can - in your external environment, and internally through meditation.
Take a lesson from the tortoise.
...slow and steady wins the race!
I know it sounds simple, but there's something about having your way of life knocked down into days of slow rest, when it's not what you want to do, that can actually be quite a challenge. Making the decision to commit to helping your brain recover from a concussion is the first step, and you can start by implementing some of the helpful remedies I've shared.
Have You Had a Concussion or Post Concussion Syndrome?
Share your story below and reach out to some of the 2 million people with brain injuries. They're just like you and me, and the more support, the better, right!
What has helped you with your concussion?
What has been the hardest part about having a concussion? (or being close with someone who does?)
Leave your reply in the comments section below along with and any helpful tips you'd like to share.