In part one and part two of this blog we began to look at the subject that “It’s Not all in your Head”. Part III will elaborate on steps five and six to having a healthy mind that functions at optimal levels.
Step Five: Enhance Detoxification
Much of our food grown today that is treated with pesticides is causing many health issues for people. It is important that we drink healthy water that is filtered. I would suggest distilled water or reverse osmosis system for getting your water. Dr. Joe Pizzorno believes that the primary driver of chronic disease in the industrialized world is environmental toxins. It is not that nutritional deficiencies and poor choices are no longer a problem, but that we have added a toxin problem to the list and it has become a huge health risk. Never cook anything in plastic. You want fresh food and not processed. Buy organic and non-GMO food. You want to avoid farmed fish, GMO soy, and dark leafy greens which are commercially grown and have lots of pesticides. Environmental Work Group puts out a ‘Dirty Dozen’ and ‘Clean Fifteen’ list that is very helpful. Mercury toxicity manifests with anxiety, sleep disturbances, insomnia, neuroendocrine toxin (hurt hormones) and immunosuppressant (get sick and contract serious illnesses like cancer). Mercury’s biggest sources are fish and fillings. When it comes to fish avoid the biggest ones that live a long-time such as tuna, swordfish and shark. Glutathione (GSH) is critical and it does three things: it is the most important antioxidant in our cells and mitochondria. Low levels GSH will cause cells, DNA, and mitochondria to degenerate more quickly. Secondly, it plays a critical role in the liver for getting toxins out of the body. GSH binds to toxins to easily escort them out of liver through the kidneys. Thirdly, GSH is responsible for pumping mercury out of the brain through the blood brain barrier where it then can be extracted from body and the cells. Broccoli sprouts are the biggest source of GSH, but collards, kale, cabbage, turnips, mustard greens, arugula, rutabaga and watercress all contain it in high quantities as well.
Step 6: Boost Mitochondria
Mitochondria are essential energy sources that we need to function properly. We need energy and without it pur bodies will experience negative side effects that can lead to slow mental function, autism, mood disorders, and other types of dementia. Toxins, nutritional deficiencies and inflammation can all hinder the function of the mitochondria. If they wind down, many diseases can occurs. Important nutrients for our mitochondria include CoQ10, ribose, lipoic acid, NAC and carnitine. They may help with various issues like autism, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s as well. The brain uses the most energy and the mitochondria produces the greatest amount that is in your brain. Brain disorders are not fatal in most cases and often can be fixed. Poor cells can be replaced with healthy ones. We need to stop poisoning our cells by not doing the things that make you weak like frying foods, using toxic oils, and mercury. Inflammation comes from the mitochondria. Your body needs to convert food to energy (B2 & B3 help this process) and the mitochondria needs to function properly. Breakdowns in mitochondrial function are caused by two things which are a poor diet of too many calories and not enough nutrients and antioxidants, plus a reduced nutrient intake. Enzymes need zinc and selenium and we need omega 3 fats which make up the membrane of the mitochondria. Top mitochondrial nutrients include Acetyl-L-Carnitine, Alpha Lipoic Acid, CoQ10, NADH, D-Ribose, Magnesium, B2 – Riboflavin, B3 – Niacin and NAC.