By Andre Comrie
I’ve been pondering the prevalence of brain-related health issues – depression, anxiety, ADD, autism etcetera. The numbers are already frightening and seem to be increasing all the time.
So why should this be and what can we do about it?
The good news is that many of the problems are related to lifestyle choices and environment, which means that, to some degree, we can do something about it.
A lot of evidence points to environmental toxins such as heavy metals. When these enter your cells they act something like a splinter that you aren’t able to remove, so cause irritation, inflammation and infection. Particular targets are the nervous system and the adrenal glands, which then leads to depression and anxiety.
To protect ourselves against these toxins there are three lines of defence.
Do your best to reduce the importation of baddies into your personal environment – your home, for example – by using safe cleaning products, natural personal care products and fragrances, and natural ways for controlling garden pests, mosquitoes and the like. It is recognised that women who work in the home are more exposed to toxins of this sort than those who work in office environments.
Make sure that your gut microflora are well and happy. These bacteria play a vitally important role in several ways: they reduce the passage of toxins from the gut into the blood stream, they assist with digestion, they produce essential nutrients such as B and K vitamins and they influence serotonin production by the gut cells. The gut is responsible for about 80 to 90% of all serotonin production, and serotonin is the “feel’good” neurotransmitter. Makes you think, doesn’t it?
Keep your nutrient intake high. Nutrients essentially compete with the toxins for access into the body and the cells. So if they are present in abundance they act as protective agents, as well as essential nutrients. Unfortunately this really means above what you can usually get in your diet. It’s a matter of increased toxic load needing increased nutrient input.
Holistic psychiatrist Dr Meredith Bergman recommends the following, even for healthy eaters:
Omega 3 fatty acids
Dr Bergman finds that with these nutrients most deficiencies correct rapidly, and issues like fatigue, migraines and general mental clarity resolve readily.
For my recommendations call me on 084 506 3643.