Do you know what it takes to get your biology on board with your intentions? Do you feel like you set goals and know what you want but you just can’t muster up the energy to get it all done? Do you feel irritable, have difficulty focusing, feel flat emotionally – nothing interests you anymore? Or do you feel overwhelmed by even the smallest event? Do you cry easily, or just feel overly sensitive – taking things personally? You might be eating your fruits and veggies but you may not have the formula of Good Mood Foods to adequately nourish your body and nurture your brain.
Sometimes there are underlying physical issues within the body that need to be addressed in order for the brain to work optimally. Addressing these imbalances may take many forms. believes that Optimizing Nutrition, Balancing Hormones, Cooling Off Inflammation, Fixing Digestion, Enhancing Detoxification, Boosting Energy Metabolism, and Calming The Mind, are the keys to optimizing the overall health of the individual. He contests that treating these imbalances will clear up some of the most common complaints doctors hear: “I can’t seem to focus…” “I’m just not sleeping well…” and “I’m feeling pretty anxious / depressed lately…”
Feeding the body and brain with optimal nutrition is amongst the leading keys to healing living. Dr. Mark Hyman, Founder and Medical Director of The UltraWellness Center in Lenox, MA, has good things to say in his recent book The Ultra Mind Solution (www.TheUltraMindSolution.com), along with many of my favorite healing genious’ like Dr. Mehmet C. Oz, M.D. (author of You: the Owner’s Manual), who often speaks on Oprah; Dr. Daniel Amen, M.D. (author of Change Your Brain, Change Your Life); and Julia Ross (author of The Mood Cure and The Diet Cure). This blog will summarize the common findings of these healing genious’, and offer suggestions for optimizing nutrition, and decreasing inflammation, so you can live the life you desire, free from pain, well rested, and in good spirits!
One of the most important factors in keeping your body and brain healthy is proper nutrition but most of us don’t know how to feeding our body in ways that also support good brain function. What you put in your mouth provides all the raw materials to build the structure of the cells, not only throughout your body, but in your brain as well. Good foods can keep all the communication systems running well so you can think, emote, learn, and remember. You have to start with the right food and enough of the right nutrients for the brain to function well, and you also may have to eliminate certain food items that disrupt optimal physical, mental and emotional health. If the nutrients can’t be found in the foods you eat, you may need to add some whole foods to your diet or consider taking a whole food supplement, adding Vitamins, Minerals, and Amino Acids to your daily intake.
One out of 133 people has a significant intolerance to one or more foods, but only 3 percent are ever diagnosed. This intolerance translates to your body and brain having to work harder to break down the food and eliminate what can’t be used for energy or cellular metabolism. Working harder here, means energy is taken from other systemic functions that may be necessary for your life. I am not a Nutritionist so I can not specifically recommend nutritional practices to people, but I will share the things that I have had personal success with, and also have seen many of my clients utilize to experience healing shifts physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
One consideration may be a modified elimination diet, where one follows an Anti-Inflammatory Diet for six weeks, and then introduces one food at a time back into their diet, as they use the Allergy Pulse Test to determine any food sensitivities. This helped me to identify a gluten sensitivity, resulting in allergic sensitivity to wheat, oats, barley, rye and dairy. In addition to a “clean diet”, one that doesn’t cause allergic responses in the body, and one which reduces inflammation, and supports good organ function, using specific types of supplements can also improve the function of bodily systems. This improvement results in improved memory and cognitive functions, boosted mood, reduced stress, and improved attention. Diet & nutritional supplements have also been found to reduce aggression in children with Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD). Once I eliminated the foods that caused irritation to my system, my mood improved, I slept better, I had less joint and muscle pain, and I wasn’t in a mental fog or “food coma” all the time.
In the attachments on Good Mood Foods and Neurotransmitter Deficiencies (the chemicals your brain needs to function optimally), you will learn about foods to eat and foods to avoid. You will learn tips for naturally increasing the neurotransmitters you need to function at your best, including Serotonin, The Catecholamine’s (Nor epinephrine, Dopamine, Epinephrine) GABA, and Endorphins. You will learn other strategies for increasing your natural production of these helpful brain-body chemicals and identify nutritional practices and supplements that can support your body and mind in health, while reducing the need for prescription drugs.
Simply put, proper nutrition – i.e. eating foods rich in the proteins, vitamins, and minerals your body and brain need to work optimally, translates into better moods, improved mental clarity, less stress, and less pain. Who wouldn’t want that? You may also benefit from additional support in the form of EEG Biofeedback / Neurofeedback or other re-educational techniques and strategies.
Click on the link for more information on Gluten Intolerance.
Fortunately, because I’m not alone in my sensitivities to gluten, there are many yummy alternatives so I can still enjoy many of my favorite foods, made gluten free, without the unfavorable results.
Click on the link to check out one of my favorites place to eat in Portland, Flying Pie Pizza. I love there Primo Presto made on a Gluten Free Crust and I usually add Chicken to give my brain some protein.
And click here for gluten free sweet treats for a party, at the office or any event near Portland, OR. These yummy goodies are also now available at Urban Grind Coffee House.