The brain is the most complex part of the human body. This three-pound organ is the seat of intelligence, interpreter of the senses, initiator of body movement, and controller of behavior. Lying in its bony shell and washed by protective fluid, the brain is the source of all the qualities that define our humanity.
As a result, the brain is highly metabolically active. It requires glucose, minerals, vitamins, and oxygen to operate at its highest level.
This is how our brains can get dirty. The metabolic processes in our brain create chemical waste and proteins that can clump together and become toxic.
The good news is that we have an internal sewage system that is designed to wash away these harmful proteins. It’s called cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and the Glymphatic system. The cerebrospinal fluid is created in the deepest part of the brain, the ventricles, and as it flows outwards it picks up and cleans out the metabolic waste and proteins. As it flows outwards with each cardiac cycle, it washes brain tissue until it finally flows out of the skull and is absorbed into the Glymphatic system, a close cousin to the lymphatic system.
Here is where we come in. When you have an Atlas misalignment outflow of CSF from your skull can be clogged. This can increase intracranial pressure and cause symptoms such as headaches and visual disturbances. Furthermore, when the metabolic waste lingers because it is not being cleaned out efficiently, you can see symptoms such as brain fog and dizziness.
Keeping your head on straight can keep your brain from getting dirty! Amazing!