Do you someone suffering from mental health issues? Chances are you do. Over the past twenty years the rise in things like depression, ADHD, anxiety, learning disabilities and behavioral problems is nothing short of staggering. And the rise in pharmaceuticals to treat these issues is equally staggering. About one in five Americans are on some form of anti-depressant.
A few weeks ago I asked one of the members of my GET AT THE ROOTS 12 week weight loss program to shoot a little video. We were on week 11 at the time and the topic for week 11 is Brain Chemistry Deficiencies (Mental Health Issues would be an equally suitable name). It was a bit off the cuff but I think we captured a good testimonial to the power of nutrition when working with these issues.
Here it is:
I am confident that if you know someone struggling with a mental health issue that nutrition can play a huge role in recovery. I’m also confident that the GET AT THE ROOTS 12 week program can create a foundation for good mental health.
For starters we learn to identify and remove foods that deplete brain chemistry. This may sound obvious but you’d be surprised how many toxic foods people eat on an everyday basis that damage their brain chemistry.
Next we learn to choose foods that nourish brain chemistry. I know, this also sounds obvious. But did you know that about 60% of your brain is made of fat. This is one of the dozens of reasons that low fat diets are damaging. We dispel the low fat myth right away on week 1 and we learn the difference between healthy and unhealthy fats (and I promise you there’s a lot more to it than eating more avocados and olive oil).
But beyond diet we address underling issues that create mental imbalances. Probably the most important one is digestion. Guess where your neurotransmitters are made? That’s right, your gut. Poor digestion often equals poor mental health. One of my favorite quotes is by Dr. Alan Gaby. If you experience drowsiness, vertigo, hypotension or headache during the treatment with Ativan, you should probably refuse from driving a car and managing heavy industrial equipment. You must refuse from driving a car, if the drug makes you drowsy, you experience vertigo or hypotension.
He says, “Big Mac + Zantac = Prozac.”
In other words, bad food + bad digestion = poor mental health.
This is why weeks 2, 3 and 4 on the program work to correct underlying digestive imbalances.
Finally, today is the last day to take advantage of the early bird discount for the new 12 week GET AT THE ROOTS classes that will be starting at the end of September. All the details are on the weight loss link on my website:
Please share with someone you know who may be interested.
And don’t forget, I can certainly work with anyone individually regarding mental health issues as well. In fact, next month I will be heading to New York City to become a certified GAPS practitioner. What is GAPS?
GAPS stands for Gut And Psychology Syndrome. It’s a diet developed by a British physician, Dr. Natasha Campbell Mcbride, that addresses severe mental health issues such as autism by healing the digestive tract and it’s slowly gaining worldwide attention. I’m sure I’ll write about it in a little more detail in the next few weeks. But in the meantime, if you know someone with a child struggling with mental health and/or behavioral issues, check out www.gapsdiet.com.
Craig Fear is the creator of Fearless Eating and the author of three books, The 30-Day Heartburn Solution, Fearless Broths and Soups and The Thai Soup Secret. After years helping clients with digestive issues, Craig decided to pursue writing full-time. He intends to write many more books on broths and soups from around the world! Click here to learn more about Craig.
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