Every day, especially in light of the recent COVID-19 scare, we overload our brains with constant thoughts of worrying. The â€œwhat ifsâ€ and â€œcouldâ€™ve, wouldâ€™ve, shouldâ€™veâ€ rhetoric floods our minds. Sometimes, regret from our past creeps up, or fears of the future play on a loop, affecting our ability to think logically and feel calm and confident. Thoughts have power. Thatâ€™s why you may want to consider a â€œbrain detox,â€ releasing all negativity and toxins mentally, physically, emotionally, spiritually. While we wonâ€™t cover this vast topic here in its entirety, hereâ€™s how to help remove the physical toxins from your brain.
How Does Your Brain Take Out the Trash?
Every organ in your magnificent body creates â€œgarbageâ€ (chemical toxins) that need to be removed. Itâ€™s part of how our bodily â€œengineâ€ runs properly.
Did you know that the lymphatic system is the primary way your body detoxes all organs? The brain is the only organ that has little to no contact with the lymphatic system. So how does the brain get rid of toxins?
What Does CSF Do During Sleep?
The brain has a large pool of clean, clear fluid, known as cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), that sits just outside the brain and provides a cushion between the brain and the skull. When the brain is awake and busy, it puts off clearing waste until later.
When the brain goes to sleep, it goes into cleaning mode to clear out the waste. Studies have shown that your brain cells shrink while you are sleeping so that CSF can wash over the cells more easily, removing toxins. The CSF flows alongside (but outside) the blood vessels in the brain, enabling the CSF to wash away toxins and trash.
Less Sleep Means Reduced Removal of Toxins
Sleep is one of the key indicators for brain health and function, mental health, intelligence, and productivity. Quantity and quality of sleep matters for waste removal.
Deep sleep is needed for high level toxin removal. Our bodies and brains function best when following our circadian rhythm. This is one of the best ways to ensure you move through all the stages of sleep, including deep sleep, every night.
As for quantity, we need 8-10 hours of sleep every night to properly detox the brain. Currently, the average person gets 2-4 hours of sleep less than people did 100 years ago. No wonder weâ€™re all tired and cranky! Getting more sleep will help you eliminate toxins from your brain and body, helping your body to heal and your mind to recover from the dayâ€™s activities and stressors.