Every concussion one endures is potentially a serious negative event in your brain’s growth and stability. One of the most important things you can do is rest and monitor headaches, fatigue, and neurological symptoms. You should be evaluated immediately following a head injury.
- Rest for the first few days following the head injury. Never return to sports unless cleared by a medical provider. Your long-term health depends upon prompt healing. Slowly increase school activity according to professional recommendations. Stop immediately if symptoms worsen with school activity.
- Red flag symptoms immediately post injury include the following: vomiting, worsening headache, neck pain, drowsiness, watery or bloody discharge from your nose or ears, passing out, slurred speech and numbness in an extremity. Go to the emergency room immediately if any of these symptoms develop.
- Red flag symptoms over the subsequent days include worsening headache, worsening mental fatigue, ringing in the ears, significant insomnia and severe emotional lability or irritability.
- Avoid foods that contain large volumes of omega 6 fats. These include most processed foods, corn oil, soybean oil, vegetable oil, margarines, corn fed standard meats, commercially produced French fries and most snack foods. All of these foods have been found to promote inflammation through the production of voluminous amounts of inflammatory chemicals like arachidonic acid.
- Avoid flour and sugar based foods as they clearly spike blood sugar and promote inflammation in the body in the short and long term.
- Consume large volumes of omega 3 fats. These are found principally in small oily cold water fish like salmon, sardines, herring and mackerel. Flax and chia seeds are also loaded with omega 3 fats for those that are vegetarians. Grass fed beef and bison, pasture raised chicken are ideal for consumption and are not inflammatory.
- We recommend large volumes of berries, green leafy vegetables and cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower for antioxidants and brain healing chemicals.
- Drink water. Urine color should be straw/clear.
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