The use of natural components and nutrients to improve energy levels faster (check with your doctor first !)
When you are dealing with the aftermath of a concussion or stroke it is very likely that you have lower levels of energy and experience much more fatigue than you used to.
Several mechanisms are underlying the fatigue and energy crisis that you are experiencing. In previous blogs, we described mechanisms as:
Next to these, factors such as disruption of the blood-brain barrier, gut-brain axis and increases in low-grade inflammation...
Arjan Kuipers explains in this video about fatigue after traumatic brain injury (TBI) & Stroke.
What doesn’t kill me....
The two strokes that I experienced changed everything. The beliefs I had of myself and the world were thrown upside down. For the better, I can say now! After hitting rock bottom, I went on a self-examination tour. I took a good look at myself. I did not like what I saw. Besides the visible aftermath of my strokes, I saw a sleepless workaholic that put too much value on extrinsic values. Following this realization, I decided that things had to change. I started reading and listening to hundreds of books and research papers. I compiled what I learned from reading into a “trial and error” toolbox. This toolbox, created mostly of new habits, allowed me to put theory into practice and helped to recover this far and I became a better person through the process, which I'm most proud of.
Why do I give my audiobook away for free?
I must be, the LEAST commercially oriented person you know...
That might be true...
(But I don’t care).
I have a...
Energy is often a big issue when you are recovering from stroke or brain injury. By the end of this post, you will have the tools to increase energy levels from today on. You will also learn about hormesis, an out-of-the-box way to increase energy levels (that almost no one knows about).
First, your brain is no longer working optimally. Your brain takes a lot of energy. And it takes even more energy when it repairs and recovers (1).
Second, your whole body is in fight-or-flight. Your sympathetic nervous system kicks in after brain injury and stroke, and usually does not settle down. That takes a lot of energy. Your energy factories, the mitochondria, are hugely affected. This affects your energy levels the most.
Today’s post is a masterclass on improving foot drop after stroke. In it, we’ll discuss the following:
Many of you (perhaps up to 25%-40%) will deal with foot drop, especially after a middle cerebral artery stroke.
The middle cerebral artery supplies an area of the brain in charge of leg motor control. It also supplies parts of the somatosensory map that deal with information coming back from the body as well as control over the body.
While cerebellar strokes can have an influence on ankle and foot function, it’s usually after a middle cerebral artery stroke that you see a foot drop. And in...
During the last two days of our business trip, we went to see my son Maarten de Vries in Boston, Massachusetts. He is finishing his sophomore year at Harvard University, where he studies Neuroscience.
I’m enormously proud of him, and sometimes I smile and ask myself “how did he come out of my belly?” But it’s not the fact that he got into a prestigious university that I admire most.
I’m most proud of his calmness, kindness and stoic attitude in life. In fact, after my stroke, he took a gap year to take care of me.
Five months post-stroke, I was living at home again but needed to go to the rehab center daily, and Maarten drove me there every day. I am so grateful for that!
Moreover, Maarten introduced me to Stoic philosophy, which helped me a lot during my recovery.
I urge you to watch this short video, in which Maarten offers one piece of advice for caregivers, which are often forgotten but very important in stroke rehabilitation.
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