- In this episode of The BluePrint podcast, Dr. Erik Korem explores the mysterious glymphatic system in the brain and its importance for detoxifying metabolic waste products. We’ll look at the structure and function of the glymphatic system, how it differs from a lymphatic system, and how it is connected to neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s.
- The brain is one of the most energetically demanding organs of the body, which means it also produce a ton of waste, even though it's only about 2% of our body's mass, it creates about 20%of our body's waste
- Sleep is still one of the best tools to support the restorative process of the brain & it's link to neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's.
In this episode of the Blueprint, Dr. Eric Korem discusses the glymphatic system, how it's responsible for detoxing the brain and why it's important to long-term brain health.
- Introduction to the topic of sleep and the importance of studying it
- Mention of a new discovery about sleep that is reshaping how we think about its restorative properties and its relationship to neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's
- Overview of the human body's waste removal system, including the lymphatic system and the role of the liver in breaking down and getting rid of excess metabolic waste products
- Discussion of the brain as an energetically demanding organ that produces a significant amount of waste
- Introduction of the concept of the glymphatic system and its role in removing waste from the brain
- Explanation of how the glymphatic system works and its relationship to sleep
- The discovery that the glymphatic system is more active during sleep and its potential implications for brain health and disease.
"Every biological process, locomotion, digestion, respiration, circulation, it all requires energy and the metabolic processes necessary to generate energy."
"The brain is one of the most energetically demanding organs of the body, which means it also produce a ton of waste, even though it's only about 2% of our body's mass, it creates about 20%of our body's waste"