Submitted by sergey on Fri, 07/08/2022 - 00:59

Whether you want to crash a plane or you don?t want to get out of bed from depression, there may be more to your feelings than what comes from a troubled past or a monotonous lifestyle.  Our brains are part of our bodies, and when the body is unbalanced or unwell, so is the brain.  Instead of blaming the past or feeling bored from your life, let?s focus on fixing the body.  A toxic body is a threat to your mental wellbeing. Also, a disturbed mind disrupts the course of life, attracting grief. It is therefore, right said that a balanced body and mind is the key to living a happy life. Let?s reflect upon it in detail.


Advanced technology allows us to look at each individual system in the body to detect and treat the specific issues.  That?s why it makes sense that many doctors who treat patients for mental issues focus only on fixing the brain.  They are able to prescribe medications and psychotherapy.  However, mental issues still reign.  What if they are looking for the solutions in the wrong place?  


As we discussed in my post last week, psychotic behavior and mental instability go deeper than just bad parenting or unfortunate genes.  What I?ve found in my years of practicing is that the cause for a ?broken brain? likely lies in the body.  


In order to have a healthy brain, one must have a healthy body.  The brain is one small organ among many.  Sure, it is incredibly important.  But it is not the end-all-be-all.  The body is one unit, after all, and all of its individual parts create something like a spiderweb.  The spider cannot get from one side of the web to the other if the web is broken into pieces. She must repair it and then climb across. Likewise, the body needs balanced nutrition and functional components in order to stabilize behavior, mood, attention span and memory.  


Important Factors to Improve Mental Health


Here are the four most important factors to balance mental health and attain a better balanced body:


1.  Get Rid of What You Don?t Need


This doesn?t necessarily mean to clean out your closets and give things away, although a good spring cleaning can never hurt.  The first thing to get rid of in the body is any infection or other harmful pharmaceuticals that may be causing dangerous side effects.  Of course, every action should be supervised by a physician.  


Next focus on getting out any toxins.  Toxins like heavy metals, sugar, alcohol and caffeine can build up in the body, causing blockage or damage.  We have to flush these out of the body, first by stopping exposure at the source.  Do not eat large amounts of fish with high mercury levels (like tuna).  Throw away anything in the house that may have lead, nickel or mercury in it.  Last but definitely not easiest, try to avoid consuming unnecessary sugar, coffee, soda and alcohol. 


2.  Balance the Hormones


When hormones are out of whack, the whole body and mind are off.  Good decisions are nearly impossible to make.  Energy is low and irritability is high.  I had one patient who came in asking me to fix her mood.  During menstruation, she couldn?t help yelling at her daughter and husband and was causing severe relationship strains.  After thorough investigation, we found what is often the case in this kind of situation: that she was very low on the sex hormone progesterone.  I gave her progesterone and she was able to reconnect with her family.


A decline in hormones causes an array of issues in the body and mind.  This happens most when approaching menopause or andropause.  Midlife crises are fairly common when the sex hormones start to lessen.  Arguments occur, irrational decisions are made, families struggle.  Irritable male syndrome can occur at this time as well.  Rational, positive decisions can only be made if the hormones are balanced.

The bottom line here is that in order to attain a balanced mind and body, one must work on balancing the hormones as well.


3. Sleep is Very Important


Sleep restores the entire body, and is necessary for a happy life.  Low energy can cause many emotional problems, including depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety or OCD [2].  When we sleep, our bodies finally have the chance to recover and reboot.  If we don?t get enough sleep, we are robbed of the ability to heal ourselves.  


The time of sleep is also important.  Basically, from sundown to sunrise, you should be in bed.  We have an inner clock, called a circadian rhythm, that is affected by night and day.  If you go to sleep at 1 am and wake up at 9 am, it?s a completely different quality of sleep than going to bed at 9 or 10 pm and waking up at 5 or 6 am.  The latter is much better for the body.  Easy tips for falling asleep and waking up in a timely matter are to stay away from screens and bright lights before bed and to go outside to let your body feel the sun when you wake up.  This allows you to naturally adjust your sleeping patterns to the time of day. With an improved sleeping pattern, you can attain a healthier and better balanced body with an agile mind.


4. Get the Basic Vitamins


Psychotherapy may be able to help you sort out your past, but it won?t fix serious nutritional deficiencies that are affecting the brain.  Many Americans are lacking basic essential vitamins and minerals from their diets.  These include vitamins D, B1, B12, C, A, zinc, copper, magnesium, selenium and omega-3 fatty acids.  Without appropriate levels (and ?appropriate? may require more than the government-issued daily recommended dose), it is hard to function optimally or even normally.  


The nutrients we consume or produce in our bodies dictate our abilities for rational, clear thinking.  Even deep thinking isn?t possible without sufficient nutrition.  For quality results, you must get any supplements from a reputable source or physician.  They should be pharmaceutical grade.  But don?t assume that just because you put something in your mouth it will magically work.  Sometimes ?good things? can be blocked by ?bad things? elsewhere in the body, making it impossible to use the nutrients to feed the brain.  A physician must help you by regularly checking out your levels.


Changing the Body to Fix the Brain


Focusing on the body to fix the brain not only helps mental issues, it improves the overall quality of life.  Adding nutrients and removing toxins makes for more energy, better mood, deeper thinking and improved emotional balance.  Of course, if the problem still persists after the body is balanced, then psychotherapy may be a great solution.  But a small percentage of our population is even able to benefit from psychotherapy without correcting the biochemical or nutritional imbalances first [2].


In order to find the root cause of your poor mental health, find a physician who will look at the simple side as well as the complex.  When I was a young doctor, I sometimes would have patients come in with a sore throat and I would try to find a complex cause and solution for it. On the other hand, if you go in with insomnia, you may not necessarily benefit from sleeping pills.  It is important to get to the bottom of every problem, especially when something like insomnia can be a red flag to an even more serious condition. 


Getting to the root of the problem, especially if its a mental problem, can change your life.  Balancing the complexities of life is possible to attain when your body is biochemically balanced. Remember, a healthy mind dwells in a healthy body!