The Simple Way to Beat Depression and Anxiety and Sharpen Your Mind
Posted Oct 16 2009 10:02pm
Are you one of the 100 million Americans struggling through life with a “broken brain?” Do you suffer from any of the following?
More subtle symptoms like mood swings, sleep problems, poor concentration, and brain fog
If you have been coping with conditions like these, you are not alone. We are seeing a rising tide of “broken brains,” and conventional medicine cannot cure it.
But you don’t have to suffer needlessly. Today, I’m going to share the key to good mental and emotional health — an “UltraMind”— one that’s calm, confident, and happy. But first I want to share some really big news with you…
“Diseases” like depression, Alzheimer’s, and the rest, do not exist. At least not the way we think they do. Let me explain.
Let’s say you have chronic feelings of sadness and despair. Conventional doctors might say you have a disease called “depression.” But depression is not the cause of your sadness and despair. It’s just a name we use to group people together for the purpose of giving them all the same drug therapy. You feel sad and despairing? You have “depression” and need an “antidepressant!”
But do we know the causes for these symptoms? Are they even the same from one person to another?
Consider this: You and the person sitting next to you both have chronic symptoms we call a “headache,” but your pain is caused by drinking too much wine, while his pain is the result of being hit on the head with the empty bottle.
These two headaches can’t be cured the same way, because their root causes are different. Nonetheless, that’s the way conventional medicine treats most chronic disease! They give the same treatment for illnesses with the same name, even though the cause of those illnesses may be radically different from person to person.
Drugs like antidepressants don’t cure diseases, they just mask symptoms. We don’t need to continue using these same drug treatments that don’t work, have severe side effects, or, at best, give partial relief. There is a proven, medical alternative, and it is called The UltraMind Solution.
The key to this new paradigm is simply this…
Your mood and memory problems, trouble focusing, ADD, depression, and dementia are not all in your head! They are in your body. And it is ONLY when you treat your body that you will heal your broken brain.
You can’t treat mental illness effectively by only using drugs or psychotherapy. You need to treat the body, because the body and brain are one interconnected system. If you truly want to cure your broken brain, the answer lies in rebalancing the seven core systems in your body — what I have come to call The 7 Keys to UltraWellness. They are:
Balance your hormones
Cool off inflammation
Fix your digestion
Boost energy metabolism
Calm your mind
Imbalances in these keys are the underlying causes of all illness — including broken brains. Understanding illness this way provides us with a new road map to disease — one that allows us to see how everything is connected so we can treat the root causes of illness, not just the symptoms.
The first step on this new road to healing is to optimize your nutrition. You may not realize it, but the most powerful tool you have to fix your broken brain is your FORK! What you put on it can help — or harm — your brain. So here are 3 tips you can start using today to eat right for a healthy brain.
3 Tips for Optimizing Your Brain Function with Nutrition
Become a Fat Head. Your brain contains 100 billion cells, each of which has 40,000 connections! Every one of these cells and cellular connections are —o r SHOULD be —made of omega-3 fats. To get enough of these important fats, eliminate trans-fats and avoid animal fats from grain-fed beef. Instead eat plenty of wild, coldwater fish like salmon, grass-fed meats high in omega-3’s, walnuts, and flaxseeds. And be sure to take 1000 mg of an omega-3 supplement that is toxin- and mercury-free.
Balance Your Serotonin with Food. Serotonin is the feel-good neurotransmitter. If you don’t have enough, you spiral down into darkness and depression. The typical treatment given is Prozac. But depression is NOT a Prozac deficiency. One of the contributing factors to the epidemic of serotonin deficiency is the amount and quality of protein in the standard American diet. Want more serotonin? Eat high-quality protein with each meal like grass-fed beef and free-range chicken. These foods are high in tryptophan, the primary amino acid out of which serotonin is created. No tryptophan equals no serotonin, equals a very unhappy mood. Studies show that if you feed a group of people a mixture of amino acids without tryptophan you can induce depression in hours! 1
Boost Your Brain Chemistry with Vitamins and Minerals. I have tested thousands of patients for nutrient deficiencies and have found that most are deficient in MANY vitamins and minerals. I have also found that by correcting these deficiencies, people feel better, their moods improve, and their broken brains (and other chronic illnesses) heal almost overnight. To acquire the vitamins and minerals you need, supplement your diet with a multivitamin and mineral (be sure it contains B complex vitamins) calcium, magnesium, vitamin D, and probiotics every day.
Follow these three steps and you will be well on your way to healing your broken brain. For all the details, see my book, The UltraMind Solution, in which I outline a complete 4-step, 6-week program to rebalance all 7 keys to UltraWellness so you can achieve an UltraMind.
To your good health,
Mark Hyman, MD
Delgado, P.L., et al. 1990. Arch Gen Psychiatry 47 (5):411–18.
[ Ed. Note: Mark Hyman, MD, is the editor in chief of Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine and author of the New York Times bestsellers UltraMetabolism and The UltraSimple Diet.]
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