5 Truths About Mental Illness
1. Inflammation has been linked to anxiety, depression, mood disorders & schizophrenia.
2. The gut and brain are in constant bi-directional communication with each other through the gut-brain axis.
3. The micro biome and its balance of bacteria influences behavior and creates neurotransmitters through digesting what you eat.
4. Psychiatric disorders are symptoms with root causes.
5. Research shows nutritional deficiency (especially b12, vitamin D, and omega fatty acids) are present in psychiatric disorders as well as neurodegenerative disease.
*Our diet is so important
Book: “ Why Isn’t My Brain Working? : a revolutionary understanding of the brain
The standard American Diet is degenerative to the brain.
The other end of the blood sugar spectrum is insulin resistance, a condition in which the blood sugar is chronically too high. This most often due to ta diet high in carbohydrates.
The body rapidly breaks down these foods into simple sugars that can send blood sugar levels soaring. In response, the pancreas secretes the hormone insulin to carry the sugar out into fat for storage. When this happens repeatedly, as it is does for Americans, the cells develop a resistance to the constant onslaught of insulin and refuse it entry. As a result, too much sugar and insulin circulate throughout the bloodstream causing inflammation, skewing hormones and throwing off neurotransmitter balance, all which lead to rapid degeneration of the brain.
Stable blood sugar = brain and emotional health.
Protect your Brain
It is not uncommon for people with blood sugar disorders to be put on psychotropic drugs, sleep medications or labeled as having bipolar disorder. If you do not stabilize your blood glucose levels, you compromise fuel to the brain.
Glucose is the brain’s primary fuel source, making stable blood sugar vital to healthy, balanced brain chemistry and the prevention of brain degeneration.
Appropriate levels of glucose and insulin are needed for the synthesis of neurotransmitters. Glucose and insulin imbalances can lead to altered moods.
Hypoglycemic is often associated with low cortisol while insulin resistance is often associated with high cortisol.
Some people suffer from signs and symptoms of both hypoglycemic and insulin resistance.
A high-carb diet promotes brain inflammation and degeneration.
A high-carb diet also skews neurotransmitter production and can promote excess tryptophan, which may cause drowsiness or sleepiness after meals. Converting excess glucose to fat also may cause drowsiness.
Eating lower-carb diet with sufficient fat and protein an avoiding food intolerance will prevent blood sugar swings, energy crashes, inflammation and degeneration. It is essential for brain health.
Depression is associated with increased insulin resistance: a meta- analysis.
Insulin resistance and depression linked. Creating some content on how blood sugar levels can affect brain.
Depression has been linked to an increased incidence of clinical comorbidity such as diabetes mellitus (DM). Moreover, a bidirectional relationship between depression and DM has been described with depressive symptoms being predictive of poor glycemic control in type 2 DM and DM increasing the incidence of depression. To date, increases levels of insulin indication metabolic alterations have been described in schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
Get Control of your insulin resistance
Many symptoms of blood sugar imbalances such as sleep issues, irritability and energy crashes start to diminish on a lower-carbohydrate diet. Also, unidentified food intolerances can create sugar cravings or fatigue after meals, so it’s important to find out if that’s an issue for you.
Never eat high carb foods without some fiber, fat or protein. These will slow down the rate at which the glucose is absorbed into the bloodstream and help prevent “insulin shock”.
Do not eat sweets or starchy foods before bed. This is one of the worst things the hypoglycemic can do. Your blood sugar will crash during the night, long before your next meal is due. Chances are your adrenals will kick into action, creating restless sleep or that 3 a.m wake up with anxiety.
Avoid all fruit juices and carrot juice.
Always question “science”. Always follow the money trail. Learn from Science but never let it over ride common sense or your own intuition.
Omega 3 fatty acids are found in cold-water fish such as salmon, sardines, herring, mackerel, black cod and blue-fish. These are the fats most important to include in your diet, as most Americans deficient.
Vegetarian sources include walnuts and flax seed. However, many people have trouble converting these into omega-3 DHA and EPA, particularly if insulin resistance is an issue. Eating a diet high in omega-6 fats may also hinder this conversion.
Book: Conversations with God 2&3
This is a “soft form” of opposition. It is to oppose by opposing nothing. In the wonderful book Happier Than God this turnaround is spoken of this way:
What you resist persists. That is because by your continued attention to in in a negative way, you continue to place it there. You cannot resist something that is not there. When you resist something, you place it there. By focusing angry or frustrated energy on it, you actually give it more life.
This is why all great masters have urged us to “resist not evil”. Do not fight that which opposite to your stated desire or your preferred outcome. Rather relax into it.
It may sound strange but it works. Do not become rigid and tense, ready for a battle. Never oppose that which opposes you. Do not Oppose, Compose.
Remember this little rule always. Do not oppose, compose.
Compose your original idea of how you want in life to show up. And compose yourself while you’re at it. Come from a place or relaxed assurance that life is functioning perfectly. Yet do not confuse relaxation with acceptance.
“Resist not evil” does not mean that you should not try to change what is that you do not choose. Changing something is not resisting something. It is merely choosing again. Change is not resistance, but alteration. To modify is not to resist, but rather, to continue Personal Creation,
Modification is creation. Resistance is the end of creation. It firmly holds the previous creation in place.
Dr. Natasha Campbell McBride Founder: Gut and Psychology Syndrome
Food is one of the major epigenetic commanders in your body that will choose gene expression.
Your Attitude determines which genes are expressed or repressed. Emotions determine gene expression.
Gut flora transports neurotransmitters to the brain.
The gut microbes are in control. They are 90 percent of you.
Your gut microbes high jack your brain to crave bad food. It is not you, that is now scientific fact.
Without a healthy gut flora you cannot disgust and absorb food.
Where does gut flora come from?
Uterus, ovaries and Fallopian tubes have flora
Placental microbial flora
Baby starts developing bodily fluid in utero
Major acquisition of flora during natural birth
Both parents are a source of bodily flora
C-section babies have lower diversity of microbes
Breast milk is a major influence on gut flora.
Foods to avoid
Sugar, other commercial sweeteners
Milk, sugar Lactose
Starchy beans including soy
All processed foods
All food additives
All meats cooked from fresh or frozen
All fish cooked from fresh or frozen
Good quality eggs
All ripe fruit including dried fruit
Nuts and seeds
Fermented foods: dairy, vegetables etc
Cold extracted honey
Meat and Fish Stock
Homemade meat and fish stock
Soups and stews made with stock
Meat jelly made at home
Joints and cartilage
*Stocks help heal the gut and reorganize microbiome.
*Avoid commercial stock cubes or granules!
Fermented dairy- yogurt, kefir, sour cream, cheese
Fermented vegetables using sauerkraut- type fermentation
Fermenting vegetables with yogurt/kefir starter
Fermented beans and grains (when the patient is ready)
Harder to digest some people can’t tolerate them.
All animal fats
Butter and ghee
Coconut oil and palm oil
Cold pressed virgin olive oil
*Avoid all margarines, butter replacements vegetable oils cooking oils.
*A majority of fats should come from animals. They’re the most bioavailable to us. Every cell in the body is made of fat.
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The Full GAPS Diet
Should be followed for 2 years minimum
Juice/ milkshake twice a day, first thing in the morning and mid-afternoon
Main meals should be made with eggs, meats, fish and vegetables and plenty of animal fats. Meat stock and soups should be consumed every day.
Nut bread, pancakes, cakes and fruit should be consumed every day.
If starting from the Full Diet, use Dairy Introduction Structure.
*It takes up to 2 years to FULLY heal the gut. Requires commitment.
1. Always read the labels ( and not just the front).
2. If you can’t pronounce it don’t buy it.
3. Always look for hidden sugar.
4. Gluten free/vegan does not mean it’s healthy.