You might wonder why, as a nutritionist, I’m discussing the brain. But it’s because your diet affects your brain health. Gluten has been shown to cross react with the cerebellum and Dr. Datis Kharrazian has mentioned he is en route to publishing that eggs also cross react with the cerebellum in some patients. Additionally, dysglycemia (poor blood sugar control) and anemia’s (which may be B12/folate/B6 and/or iron) affect brain health for the worse.
Your cerebellum is responsible for balance and muscle movement. It sits at the back of your head just above your neck.
Symptoms of cerebellar degeneration are that you
are (more) clumsy and are bumping into things
walk with a wider gait to account for unstability
have difficulty walking with eyes closed
may have slow speech (as if you are drunk)
not fond of action packed movies with fast scene changes
are easily sea sick or car sick
use handrails and perhaps think you don’t have enough balance to go down stairs without
don’t like how you feel with drink or a few drinks
also maybe get nauseous looking at complex patterns?
The reason that you may have a few or more of these symptoms is that your cerebellum is in charge of these functions. Alcohol further depresses the cerebellum which is why people with cerebellum neurodegeneration do not like to drink. They are already tipsy!
Want to fix your brain before it gets worse? Do what you can’t do. If you can’t walk with your eyes closed, start practicing every day. Just a few minutes each day is all it takes. Try different balance exercises to improve your symptoms- use a balance ball, walk heel to toe, balance on one foot, try yoga, etc. It is also important to stabilize your blood sugar and your stress.
Watch the video for more tips!