In part one of this blog we began to look at the subject that “It’s Not all in your Head.” We covered the first step into having a healthy mind that functions at optimal levels. Part two will continue with steps two through four.
Step Two: Balance Hormones
PNEI, which stands for Psycho-Neuro-Endocrine-Immunology, is very important. Three main communication systems in your body. Neurotransmitters are messengers of the nervous system, hormones are messengers of the endocrine system and cytokines are messengers of the immune system. Health involves good communication as your cells talk to each other all the time. If you have issues with your hormones it will affect your brain. If someone has too much insulin from sugar and starch, too much cortisol and adrenaline from stress and not enough thyroid hormone function then the insulin resistance has a huge effect on the brain. You can get an insulant response test to make sure there are no issues in that area. We need 30 to 50 grams of soluble fiber. Reducing and managing stress are very important. You need the thyroid to function normally. Important nutrients for the thyroid are selenium 200 to 400 mcg and thiamine. If you have thyroid issues you should go on a whole food diet as well as getting off dairy and soy. High sugar, high refined diet, caffeine, stress, dairy and hormones in dairy and meats will hurt your hormone balance. Alcohol damages liver all will cause imbalance in your hormones.
Step Three: Cool Off Inflammation
Depression, dementia and autism as well as other things involve an inflamed brain. The brain is made of mostly immune cells and high inflammation is not good. When cytokines run out of control it will cause issues. The C reactive protein test for inflammation and gluten sensitivity can be helpful to assess your situation. Causes of inflammation include our diet, food allergens, digestive function and immune system, toxins, low grade infections, sedentary lifestyle, lack of sleep, and vitamin deficiency. An anti-inflammatory diet and anti-inflammatory supplements are very important.
Step Four: Fixing Your Gut
It is important to resolve leaky gut issues that a person has. We need to get rid of the things that grow bad bacteria in our GI tract. We need things that will help us grow good bacteria. We need prebiotics and probiotics. I think it is important that people take probiotic supplements or eat foods that are rich in probiotics. Herbs that are anti-microbial include oregano, rosemary and garlic. We need diverse bacteria in our gut so we should eat variety of vegetables, eat stalks and stems.