Treat the Symptoms of a Concussion Naturally

Concussions are more than the result of a mere knock on the head. Concussions can cause serious brain injury and have serious symptoms and side effects including memory loss. More than 2 million people a year suffer from concussions according to the CDC and like a sprained ankle, the ‘sprained’ brain symptoms of a concussion are harder to recover from than a skull fracture!

Athletes, those who experience a car accident, and many others may all suffer from a concussion and often the driving force behind a concussion is not one that can be avoided. Steps have been taken to prevent them in sports, of course, but when you watch a football game you realize that as a player is tackled to the ground his brain is rattling in his skull. It swells and inflames and you have a concussion. Medical care should be administered following a concussion, but it’s the at home care for post concussion syndrome that is most important. The first twenty-four to forty-eight hours after a concussion are the most important as the symptoms during these hours will show whether there is bleeding on the brain.

Remember to stay calm if you or someone you love has suffered a concussion. In most cases the recovery is simple and with a little rest you’ll be as good as new.

Emergency symptoms of a Concussion

If you or a loved one begin to suffer from the following symptoms following a concussion, seek medical attention immediately as there may be bleeding in the brain. 

  • Worsening headache
  • Vomiting
  • Slurred speech
  • Visual disturbances
  • One pupil larger than the other
  • Increase in sleeping
  • Seizure
  • Confusion
  • Restlessness
  • Amnesia

What are the symptoms of a Concussion?

  • Dizziness
  • Head pressure
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Sensitivity to sound
  • Fatigue
  • Exhaustion
  • Blurry vision
  • Memory problems
  • Feeling confused
  • Anger
  • Mood changes
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Nausea
  • Headache

How Do I Treat a Concussion?

  • Rest. Sleep and rest are critical in allowing the brain to rest and heal.
  • Increase your intake of B vitamins and vitamin D.
  • Up your intake of magnesium.
  • Take fish oil supplements. It has lots of omega-3 fatty acids which help to reduce brain inflammation, fogginess, memory loss and headaches.
  • Turn off all electronics and let your brain rest completely. Avoid anything that causes your brain to work and just lay still, allowing it to rest and recover.
  • Get rid of caffeine and sugar in your diet. They both negatively affect brain function.
  • Add whole foods to your diet and try to maintain a healthy weight as extra weight can worsen brain symptoms.
  • Eat pastured butter, coconut and olive oils and avocado. Good fats are brain food!
  • Meditate to help reduce stress in your everyday environment.
  • Go slowly. Listen to your body. If you start to get a headache then stop what you’re doing and give yourself time to rest.
  • Eat foods with Vitamin C and other antioxidants. They help to strengthen blood vessel walls.
  • Take arnica. It helps to heal bruised brain tissue.
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