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Aphasia: How Your Diet Plays a Role

Friday, 17 Sep 2010 02:12 PM

Aphasia is a brain disorder that presents itself as a language skills problem. The Aphasia patient may not be able to comprehend, express, or understand a language. He may not be able to write, read, or express his thoughts. Aphasia may occur spontaneously in the case of head injury that results in brain damage. In the case of slow growing brain tumors or infection, aphasia may develop over a period of time.
There are few medications available for the treatment of Aphasia. The best treatment for Aphasia is learning therapy, where several innovative modalities are applied to teach language skills to Aphasia patients.

Your diet plays an important role in the treatment of Aphasia. The best diet for Aphasia is one that is free of toxins, preservatives, added chemicals, added colors, and flavoring agents. Chemicals, preservatives, and fragrance have been found to interfere with brain function.Ready-to-use condiments that contain artificial flavors and fillers such as mayonnaise, mustard, pickles, ketchup, eggnog, syrup must be avoided. Instead, these foods can be prepared at home using fresh ingredients. One can contact an experienced nutritionist who can devise an Aphasia diet plan based on the individual.
A balanced Aphasia diet is recommended to promote proper brain functioning and to ensure improvement in the brain response system to language.

For some aphasia patients, milk causes food allergies, which may interfere with the nervous system. If this is the case, the individual should eliminate milk from their diet.

A balanced food diet for Aphasia that is high in fiber and moderate in carbohydrates and protein is also recommended.

Some soaps, cream, toothpaste, and perfumes are found to cause hyperactivity or under activity of the brain. One should avoid fragrant products and track any changes in the condition of aphasia and diet ingredients.

The Aphasia diet should replace foods like instant oatmeal, artificial maple syrup, imitation eggnog, and margarine with the pure forms of oatmeal, real maple syrup, real eggs, and butter. The other recommended foods for an aphasia diet include rice, wheat, toast with real butter or honey, peanut butter, tuna, chicken, egg, carrot, potatoes, vegetables, sweet potato, beef, corn, and fruits like pear, pineapple, grapefruit, and lemonade.

Whenever possible, the following food items should be avoided in an aphasia diet or  taken only in moderation — almonds, apples, peaches, paprika, tomatoes, tea, wine, vinegar, grapes and raisins, coffee, apricots, cider, cloves, tangerines, and chili.
A well balanced aphasia diet is ideally one that improves brain activity of the left hemisphere. If one finds improvements or worsening of the condition on taking a certain food in an aphasia diet, this should immediately be brought to the notice of the physician and nutritionist.

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