Heal the Gut, Heal the Brain
Do you or someone you love, struggle with depression? Do you experience fatigue, anxiety, brain fog and/or frustration?
Have you tried antidepressants, but didn’t like the way they made you feel?
Consider a cleanse. Ninety-five percent of serotonin, the neurotransmitter that makes us feel positive, upbeat, and optimistic, is produced in the gut. If you suffer from digestive stress, constipation, gas, and bloating, your gut is not functioning effectively. Therefore, the body is making very little serotonin. Without serotonin, we are not happy camper.
Holistic Psychology for Mental Health
The brain and gut are inextricably connected. Dr. Hyla Cass, MD, holistic psychiatrist and a pioneer in the field of brain chemistry, was one of the first in her field to teach about the link between mental health and digestion. She is a proponent of cleansing, healing the digestion, and alkalizing the body to improve brain function. It Takes Guts to Be Happy! A 21-Day Cleansing Plan to Heal Your Body & Re-charge Your Life is on the list of recommended books on her website, which is an honor.
Are you one of those people who can “eat anything”? You may have never considered that your digestion is actually playing havoc with your emotions. Let me ask you this: Do you crave sugar? Do you live on carbs? Do you go long periods of time without eating? Do you experience mood swings? If you answer “yes” to even one of these questions, your digestion will become stressed, which affect your mood and your emotional stability.
Here are the keys to mental health, by creating a healthy gut, and therefore, a healthy brain:
Keys to Healing the Gut/Brain Connection
- Take a digestive enzyme with HCL during or right after meals. No one over forty who takes medicines, or experiences sustained stress, produces enough HCL. If your food is not breaking down, it rots in the stomach and ferments in the gut. This leads to blood sugar crashes, fatigue, depression. and a decrease in serotonin.
- Get 100 grams of digestible protein daily. Non-sugar, non-dairy protein shakes have 20 grams per serving. A small slice of chicken, fish or beef has 30 grams. Protein is the antidote to sugar cravings. Many people who struggle with substance issues are likely to experience sugar and carbohydrate addictions. The crash from sugar and carbohydrates signals the brain for either more sugar, or a stronger substance—such as drugs and alcohol, to feel good again.
- Alkalize. Go green with freeze-dried greens in smoothies or on their own, at least once a day, to supplement fresh vegetable juices. Going green will improve your mental health.
- Cleanse the colon with colonics and coffee enemas, to flush toxins from the liver. An impacted colon will prevent the liver from adequately flushing. Toxins may return to the blood stream, called “auto-intoxication.” This is one of the reasons why success rates in recovery are so low. Toxic substances are being re-circulated and cravings follow along with pain, headaches, and anxiety. The problem is not one of “will power.” This is a physiological problem solved by cleansing these toxic substances from the body.
It is Not too Late to Join Our Fall Cleanse!
We are having a great time boosting our mental health cleansing during our Fall Cleanse! There is still time, if you would like to join us. It’s never to late to begin a cleanse! Feel free to email me at [email protected] with any questions. We will be launching the Happy-Gut Fall Cleanse the Sunday Oct 9 at 5:30 PST!
I am super excited that BOTH my books are available in audio form. Find them on my website for download, and or iTunes and Amazon Audible. After a successful run of the audio version of Dare to Detoxify! my clients convinced me to record my new book, It Takes Guts To Be Happy! They love listening as well as reading. I hope you do, too!