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What Is Seizure

Seizures are the result of the nerve cells in the brain being disrupted by abnormal electrical activities.  The nerve cells send electrical signals throughout the body. When they are disrupted, it's because of a Seizure.  Seizures can be Generalized, affecting all areas of the brain, and they can also be Partial or Focal, affecting a certain part of the brain’s activity.  Seizures often cause people to have involuntary muscle spasms, movements they can’t control, and loss of consciousness.  Some seizures are less intense, in which the person experiences a brief moment of unawareness, is conscious yet puzzled at the same time, or gets lost in a staring spell.  Seizures play a major role in the conditions of Epilepsy, but they are two different things.  Some people can experience seizures once, while others have them multiple times or regularly. 

Signs Of Seizure

Abnormal and repetitive behavior can usually indicate a neurological brain disorder, but experiencing a Seizure is different.  The signs and symptoms can vary since there are several types of Seizures that range from mild to severe.  The signs and symptoms that are commonly associated when Seizures occur include:

 

 

 

  • Visual Loss or blurring
  • Change in alertness
  • Familiar or unfamiliar tastes, smells, sounds and thoughts
  • Sense of fear, panic, anxiousness or abnormality
  • Dizziness or nausea
  • Sudden headache
  • Déjà vu (the feeling of something reoccurring or like you’ve been there before)
  • Jamais vu (feeling like something is familiar but it isn’t)
  • Tingling or numbness sensation
  • Feeling sick in your stomach

 

 

 

Types of Seizures:

 

Partial Seizures

 

  • Shift of emotions in an instance or sudden change in familiar things such as the way things look, smell or feel without losing consciousness.  (an example of a Focal Seizure)
  • A moment of unawareness or unconsciousness occurs in which people can experience a mental pause, staring spells, lip smacking, tingling, nausea, dizziness, limited and repetitive movement such as twitching chewing or abnormal hand gestures (an example of Focal Dyscognitive Seizure

 

Generalized Seizures

  • Similar to partial focal dyscognitive seizures, Absence Seizures can cause a person to go into a daze while experiencing a brief moment of unawareness.  Eye blinking and lip smacking are most common when people experience Absence Seizures.  Absence Seizures often occur during childhood and are also referred to as petit mal seizures; French for small illness.  This type of seizure is one of the milder one’s people can undergo in regards to Generalized Seizures.
  • Myoclonic seizures involve sudden muscle spasms or forceful movements of the body.  These kind of seizures can cause involuntary movement of the entire body or just the arms and legs.  People often experience a forceful jerking or twitching movement.  Myoclonic seizures are the only Generalized Seizures were the person is still conscious.
  • Clonic and Myoclonic seizures are similar in the sense it that causes people to have involuntary movement.  Clonic seizures specifically cause repetitive jerking movement the face, neck and arms. 
  • Tonic seizures are when the muscles in the body stiffen up.  The muscles in your back, arms and legs tend to be.
  • Atonic Seizures has similar symptoms to Tonic seizures.  Instead of the muscles stiffening up, people undergo a loss of muscle control on both sides of the body.  This type of seizure enables the muscle tone and often results in the person falling or collapsing.  Atonic seizures are also referred to as Drop Seizures.
  • The most intense kind of seizures are Tonic-Clonic Seizures and can feature similar characteristics to all of the Generalized Seizures.  People who experience Tonic-Clonic Seizures lose consciousness while undergoing muscle stiffness and involuntary body movement that can consist of jerking, shaking or rhythmic movements.  The Tonic-Clonic Seizures can be severe enough to the point where people can bite their tongue, cry out and lose control of their bladder.  Tonic-Clonic Seizures are also known as Grand Mal Seizures

 

What Causes Seizure

There’s no real detectible cause for Seizures, but the condition has been linked to several factors and medical conditions.  When the brain doesn’t get enough oxygen, it contributes to the cause of a Seizure.  Most of the causes have been linked to certain lifestyles, physical activities, or existing health conditions.

 

  • Epilepsy
  • Brain trauma or injuries from accidents or sports activities
  • Brain Tumors
  • Brain Infections like meningitis, encephalitis or the AIDS virus
  • Extremely high blood pressure
  • Kidney or Liver Failure
  • Heavy alcohol use
  • Alcohol or Drug Withdrawals
  • Drug abuse (often cocaine and heroin)
  • Certain medications (antipsychotics and asthma medications)
  • Poisoning
  • Stroke
  • Certain types of cancer
  • Electrolyte imbalance
  • Central Nervous System infection
  • Prenatal issues (a lack of nutrition, infections or oxygen deficiencies that affect the development of the fetus)
  • Prolonged febrile convulsions.  These are seizures that can occur as a child that stem from high fevers.
  • Lack of sleep
  • Abnormal levels of sodium and low blood sugar (hypoglycaemia)

 

 

 

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Natural Remedies

Natural Remedies:

  • Certain vitamins have been proven to help decrease the amount of Seizures people have.  Consuming natural supplements and eating foods that are high in folic acid, vitamin B6, vitamin D, and vitamin E can help control the Seizures.
  • Zinc deficiency has been linked to being a probable cause for Seizures.  The deficiency hasn’t had much support behind it, but incorporating more zinc into your diet can help.  Natural zinc supplements are one source, but there are foods such as pumpkin seeds, cashews, spinach, sunflower seeds, shiitake mushrooms, Napa cabbage, and dried apricotsall of which contain high amounts of zinc.
  • Magnesium deficiency has also been linked to being a probable cause for Seizures, but again there is not a lot of research that supports this.  Increasing the amount of magnesium can help with the recovery process, though.  You can increase the amount of magnesium by consuming dark leafy greens like kale, spinach, and Swiss chard, along with other foods like sesame seeds, Brazil Nuts, avocado, bananas, cashews, almonds, and more.  You can also try a natural magnesium supplement that supplies you with nutritional value.
  • Processed foods, sugar, and caffeine can contribute to seizures.  It’s best to eliminate foods that aren’t natural and add to cause.  Keeping a diet that provides your body with the essential nutrients is best.  Raw food or Vegan-based diets are best.
  • Acupuncture has been linked to helping with the conditions of Epilepsy and Seizures.  It helps change the brain’s activity, helping to reduce the amount of seizures one experiences. 
  • Putting yourself in control can help.  Most people can detect symptoms that are associated with them having a seizure.  Mentally taking control can help lessen how severe seizures are, or calm the body to prevent them from occurring.  Things like meditation, relaxation time, walking, breathing methods, smelling a strong odor, or even just telling your body “no” can help.  This natural remedy is also known as Biofeedback.

 

Things you should eat
  • Berries (strawberries, blueberries, blackberries etc.)
  • Cherries
  • Citrus Fruits (lemons, oranges, grapefruits)
  • Tomatoes
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Bell Peppers
  • String Beans
  • All dark leafy greens like kale, spinach and Swiss chard
  • Good Fats (olive oil, coconut products, avocados, almonds)
  • Shitake or Portabella Mushrooms
  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Flaxseeds
  • Sunflower Seeds
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