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Why Mental Health Isn’t All In Your Head

The environment outside of you has a direct impact on what’s going on inside your body, including your mental health.

We have unknowingly created a world that disconnects us from everything we need to be healthy and happy, and replaced it with what makes us fat, sick, and depressed. Toxins are everywhere around us – in the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat. Invisible threats to our health wear us down over time, like radiation and EMFs, lack of exposure to sunlight, not enough time in nature and the outdoors, artificial light at night disrupting our sleep, over 80,000 untested chemicals in our homes and environment, digestive issues that impair our immunity and block our ability to absorb nutrients, and so much more.

We look at celebrities like Robin Williams, Kate Spade, and Anthony Bourdain, who seem to have it all, but are suffering so much inside. Robin Williams was diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia and ended his life for that reason. Kate Spade lived in New York City, where toxic fumes and moldy buildings abound and these may have contributed to her mental health issues. Anthony Bourdain ate exotic foods all around the world, undoubtedly exposed to a variety of parasites, as well as heavy metals and unwanted invaders through his history of heroin abuse. The truth is, we’re all exposed to toxins, no matter where we live, and how they wreak havoc in our bodies can unfortunately lead to unthinkable consequences.

All hope is not lost, however. By understanding and identifying the underlying causes of depression and anxiety, you can change your environment and turn your mental health around for the better.

1. Your Gut Rules Your Mind

If you’ve ever been so anxious over an event that you’ve lost your appetite or even experienced digestive distress, then you understand the power of the gut-brain connection. The trillions of microorganisms that make up your intestinal flora known as the microbiome produce and communicate with the hundreds of neurochemicals that your brain uses to regulate your moods, thinking, and countless bodily functions. Did you know over 90 percent of your neurotransmitters are created and used in your gut? GABA, serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine are neurotransmitters familiar to those who struggle with depression and anxiety, and all are made by your intestinal flora.

These probiotics carry on a constant 2-way communication with your brain and nervous system, directly affecting your moods, emotions, how you respond to stress, and more. Changes to even one strain of bacteria in your microbiome can directly lead to anxiety. Consuming sugar, being under stress, overusing antibiotics, taking steroids and other medications, hormone changes, exposure to toxic mold, parasites and other “bad bugs”, and having chronic illness can all harm the helpful bacteria in your intestines and disrupt the delicate balance of your microbiome.

The solution is simple: regular cleansing like our ancestors did every Spring and Autumn, a nutrient-rich diet that is high in fermented foods and low-glycemic without all the processed foods and sugars, learning how to manage all types of stress, and supplementing with probiotics to keep healthy populations at optimal levels.

Right now, I am leading my Fat Flush Nation group on Facebook through a month-long cleanse for colon health. This cleanse works synergistically with the Fat Flush Plan to reset the microbiome and rid the body of unwanted invaders. The foundational elements of this cleanse are found in UNI KEY Health’s My Colon Cleansing Kit, and you can start it anytime you feel the need, regardless of whether you are following the Fat Flush Plan or not. I recommend starting on the full moon, when parasites are most active, to get the best effect from this cleanse. Easy to follow directions are also included in this kit. The herbal formulations included are based on my decades of research into the world of harmful microorganisms and parasites and more detailed information can be found in my book, Guess What Came to Dinner?

When it comes to probiotics, I personally use Flora-Key from UNI KEY Health, for several reasons. First, it comes in a powder form and not a capsule, so I can increase my dose to optimal levels. Considering even a good probiotic supplement only numbers in the billions and our microbiome count is in the trillions, we need to dose more than most manufacturers recommend, to make a difference for the better. I also enjoy the taste of Flora-Key so much I use it as a light sweetener. Finally, the strains chosen for Flora-Key are those that are research-backed to improve moods, immunity, and gut health.

2. Lighten the Toxic Load to Lift Your Moods

Whether you live in a big city with toxic fumes and EMFs from overlapping WiFi, or out in the country with high voltage power lines and toxic pesticides, toxins in our environment are a fact of our daily lives. There’s mold in our airtight homes, lead and cancer-causing Chromium-6 in water supplies across the country, and our food is nutrient-depleted and full of neurotoxic agrichemicals. Toxin build-up affects your body’s energy production all the way down to the mitochondria of the cells, and low energy means low moods, even when disease isn’t yet present.

Your liver is your biggest ally when it comes to detoxification, and once your colon has been cleansed and your microbiome balanced, it’s smooth sailing for your liver to eliminate these toxins from your body. Bile is liquid gold made by the liver and stored by the gallbladder that binds fat-soluble toxins and escorts them from your body out through the colon. If your gallbladder has been removed, this function may be impaired and you may need help to build better bile.

Fatigue not relieved by rest, low moods, and low tolerance for stress are all signs you are toxic. Bile Builder from UNI KEY Health is a must-have to support the liver, thin the bile, and support detox. It’s truly amazing how much better you can feel once the toxic load on your body is lightened. Hormones balance, sleep comes more easily, weight comes off, and moods lift.

While you are cleansing your colon, seeding your microbiome with probiotics, and supporting your liver’s detox functions, I recommend adding a tried and true mental health ally to your regimen – Ultra H-3. Based on the formula created by Romanian cardiologist Dr. Ana Aslan over 60 years ago, Ultra H-3 is 6 times more potent than the original formula, and repairs cells damaged by toxins and restores health at the cellular level. Increased energy and a better sense of overall wellbeing with enhanced mental clarity has been reported by countless clients of mine. I truly believe in its healing power and strongly recommended it for even the most severe depression.

According to the CDC, suicide rates are increasing. If you or a loved one is in crisis, studies show calling a hotline truly helps you turn things around and get the help you need. In the US, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273-TALK, free and available 24/7.

Comments (5)

  • Elaine June 12, 2018 - 5:22 pm Reply

    Dear Ann Louise,
    Thank you for covering this very important topic and offering your wisdom and guidance.
    There is much talk these days about methylation problems and mental health….and more and more folks seems to be supplementing with GABA, 5HTP , tyrosine, etc.
    Do you think an impaired unhealthy gut can be the cause of conditions like under methylation and over methylation which are being connected to anxiety, depression, etc.?
    Do you believe probiotics can be used to naturally raise low levels of GABA, serotonin and dopamine versus relying solely on amino acid supplementation? Thank you.

  • Team ALG. June 12, 2018 - 9:01 pm Reply

    Hello Elaine: We definitely think that impaired GI function can give rise to many conditions. ALG has never found that probiotics alone can raise neurotransmitters without some help from pharmacologic GABA or tyrosine, for example.

  • Kathleen June 13, 2018 - 8:46 am Reply

    Thank you for this very important talk on how gut health and detoxification are so closely connected to our brain health. It is so important people understand this so they may regain their mental health (energy and joy, elevated mood). Living a life with moderate exercise, good nutrition, detox as well as maintaining a balanced gut microbiome will restore their energy levels as well as their mood. Great info!

  • Jo June 14, 2018 - 1:50 pm Reply

    I do appreciate that you want to help people with their health issues which you rightly point out can be interlinked between physical and mental. But please, don’t exploit the deaths of Anthony Bourdain, Kate Spade and Robin Williams in the marketing of your products. You did not know these people and to suggest you know the reason they died is not accurate, to say the least. I am not impressed that you find it alright to muse on their deaths (Kate Spade lived in NYC for example, therefore all sorts of toxins contributed), there is a line that has to be drawn in marketing.

  • Team ALG June 15, 2018 - 10:28 am Reply

    We thank you for your comment and point of view. From our holistic prescriptive, we are merely pointing out that there are many ignored reasons for mental health issues that can be rooted in unsuspecting environmental causes.The untimely deaths of these beloved celebrities has just brought the issue to the forefront.

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