KETOSIS & TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY (TBI)

KETOSIS & TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY (TBI)

The Keto Diet and being in Ketosis is highly effective in the treatment of Traumatic Brain Injury, because of the sustained energy ketones provide it also increase resilience to neuronal loss. We know that ketones promote synthesis of ATP (energy) and stimulates mitochondrial biogenesis, creating new mitochondria.

What is Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

Brain injuries can occur in various ways. TBI is usually defined by a sudden or violent jolt or blow to the head. Athletes who participate in high-impact sports such as ruby, MMA, and boxers are susceptible to TBI.

We take our brains for granted. Every day it performs a million calculations. The brain contains billions of neurons that are connected to other neurons. These nerve cells transmit signals to one other via a complex biochemical process. Disruptions of these intricate connections can cause serious problems.

During high-impact sports as mentioned above, the brain can sustain injuries. Any rapid impact against the head causes the brain to impact the skull. This impact causes the brain to bruise or to bleed. The brain is similar to other tissues in the body. If you injure your thumb, for instance, it would bruise, bleed or swell. The same is true for the brain. After the impact, the brain can bruise, bleed or swell too. Unfortunately, our brains are more delicate than our thumbs and injury to the brain can cause serious problems. The severity of problems that occur after TBI depends on the incident.

The Metabolic Crisis

The brain is in a metabolic crisis in a concussion, potassium ion from inside the cell going extracellular, calcium ions going to intracellular, neurotransmitters widely released in a chaotic manner. It takes energy to pump that potassium back, put the neurotransmitters back on so-called cell can function.

Quote by Dr Robert Cantu MD.

After the damage, there’s a sudden release of neurotransmitters as the brain attempts to restore itself. It includes the release of neurotransmitters such as glutamate, calcium and sodium, which leads to neurotoxicity. These excitatory hormones also prevent the brain from actually healing. Other damage such as swelling increases the pressure inside the skull and affect blood flow; causing more brain tissue death.

After blunt trauma to the brain occurs, there is usually secondary damage that also happens. The secondary damage can take months to become apparent. These secondary damages are caused by changes in oxygen flow, blood flow and excitotoxic cell damage. Some of the symptoms include headaches, loss of memory, concentration problems, mood changes, and even speech problems.

MMA Fighters, boxers and rugby players are most at risk for what is called Second-Impact Syndrome. This usually occurs when there is insufficient time for the brain to heal after the initial concussion and thus there is greater vulnerability to additional damage. Multiple concussions increase the risk of long-term damage to the brain.

After blunt trauma to the brain occurs, there is usually secondary damage that also happens. The secondary damage can take months to become apparent. These secondary damages are caused by changes in oxygen flow, blood flow and excitotoxic cell damage. Some of the symptoms include headaches, loss of memory, concentration problems, mood changes, and even speech problems.

After blunt trauma to the brain occurs, there is usually secondary damage that also happens. The secondary damage can take months to become apparent. These secondary damages are caused by changes in oxygen flow, blood flow and excitotoxic cell damage. Some of the symptoms include headaches, loss of memory, concentration problems, mood changes, and even speech problems.

The Keto Diet & Traumatic Brain Injury

We have known for many years that the Ketogenic Diet is an effective strategy for patients with Epilepsy. The exact mechanism is not known, but we do know that ketones reduce seizures. We also know that ketones have neuroprotective properties.

Ketones are a cleaner fuel source than glucose and reduce the metabolic stress on the body that glucose creates. For an athlete on an endurance race for example. When we consume glucose, we have to replenish those glucose stores often, whereas with ketones you can last much longer in comparison to glucose. Because of the sustained energy ketones provide it also increase resilience to neuronal loss. We know that ketones promote synthesis of ATP (energy) and stimulates mitochondrial biogenesis, creating new mitochondria.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber

Another strategy to help heal TBI is hyperbaric oxygen chambers. The hyperbaric oxygen chamber offers 10-15 times more oxygen supply. It helps dissolve oxygen deep into all tissues of the body and gets to areas which sometimes don’t get as much circulation. It also enhances white blood cells and new blood vessels.

Just a few Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber session has shown to:

  • Improved cognitive status
  • Improved memory performance
  • Induces neuroplasticity
  • Increases tissue oxygenation
  • Generates new capillary networks
  • Increases stem cells in the blood
  • Restores blood supply

As a ketogenic supplement company, we look forward to more research immerging of the potential for ketone supplementation as a therapeutic potential for individuals with TBI.

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Overview of TBI

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