Longevity is living as well as you can for as long as you can. How concussions impact the brain and the role that nutrition plays in concussion management are all important considerations for improved longevity.

Nutrition Pearls for Concussions, Brain Health and Nutrition

  • Nutrition plays an important role in concussion recovery and mental health
  • A concussion to the brain is like what happens when you drop a pebble into water
  • It is difficult to assess the severity of a concussion when it happens
  • Brain injuries often require higher caloric intake which is also reflected in concussions
  • Earlier nutrition interventions have led to lower length of hospital stays for patients
  • We see better outcomes for concussion in individuals who are taking a creatine supplement regularly
  • Creatine can help with performance – running faster, lifting heavier, improving recovery, it can function as an antioxidant in the body, it can help with energy production at a cellular level, and it may be beneficial for people with neurodegenerative disorders
  • We don’t have enough evidence right now to support using probiotics for concussions

You may be surprised to hear that concussions are not always the result of a direct blow to the head and they can have a profound impact on the health of our brains.

This week I interview Erik Bustillo, RD on concussions, what they are, how they impact the brain, how they can happen, nutrition supported recovery and the impact they can have on mental health.

Erik Bustillo, MS, RD, FISSN, CISSN, CSC, CPT practices as a Registered Dietitian, Strength Coach, Fitness Trainer, and Health Coach. He attended Florida International University and earned his B.S. in Dietetics & Nutrition and his M.S. in Applied Exercise Science with a concentration in Sports Nutrition from Concordia University Chicago. Additionally, Erik is the current Co-Vice President and a Fellow of the International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN) as well as a Certified Sports Nutritionist (CISSN), a Certified Strength Coach through the National Council on Strength & Fitness (NCSF), and a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA).

Erik has experience in research and working with professional, collegiate & tactical athletes, weekend warriors, avid CrossFitters, and in an outpatient setting helping individuals with weight loss/gain as desired outcomes using motivational interviewing and seeing medical nutrition therapy patients.

We talk about:

  • How Erik became interested in sports nutrition 
  • What is a concussion and how does it affect our brain? 
  • Are there any implications on mental health from concussions?
  • What sports are at risk of concussions
  • Long term impacts of concussions
  • How does nutrition play a role following a concussion? Can it impact return to sport?
  • With all the crazy supplements out there focused on enhancing brain health – are there any supplements to take or avoid in concussion recovery?
  • Is there any link between gut health and concussion recovery?
  • What about Probiotic use for concussion recovery? 

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