Conditions that affect the brain and mood are vast, and at some point in everyone’s life they will experience at least one. They take the form of:
• Depression/postpartum depression
• Brain fog
• Chronic fatigue
• Memory loss
• Sleep disorders
These are some of the more common symptoms associated with brain imbalances and chronic stress. Those suffering from these effects often feel frustration and isolation with their situation.
Brain and mood disorders are often associated with an imbalance somewhere else in the body, which has a downstream (or upstream) effect on the brain. Understanding the inter-connectedness of our bodies invites us to investigate somewhere other than where it would seem obvious. Through hormonal pathways, circulatory and neurological pathways we recognize that an issue in one part of the body may well be fuelled by a fault in quite another part of the body.
Leaky gut, infections, chronic stress, hormone imbalances, nutrient depletion, and exposures to toxins can all produce symptoms that affect the delicate balance of brain chemistry.
The process of restoration of brain health and balance has been shown effective when using a functional medicine approach. Finding and addressing the underlying causes often corrects the condition without other interventions. Optimizing diet and nutrient levels, eliminating the sources of imbalance, and modifying key lifestyle factors are the key to brain health and happiness.