Spring has sprung! Spring break is over and daylight-saving time has already started.
For those of you who have been feeling the ‘Winter Blues’, I urge you to come out of your rut. There are many factors that can cause you to feel this way. Are you depressed; anxious, confused, exhausted and feeling defeated? Take the first step in acknowledging that you want a change. Life happens and we have struggles. Divorce, bankruptcy, illness, death, natural disaster, war, family struggles, romance gone wrong, etc. I see patients with difficult lives. They are all great fighters. They don’t want to be where they are right now and are looking for relief. As I say all the time, the mind and body are always together. When the mind is not right, something in the body is wrong. When the body is sick, the mind gets ill. It is important to recognize what is making you feel bad and tackle each problem head on.
There are many symptoms that come from emotional or mental problems. As I mentioned above, depression, anxiety, mental fogginess, mental confusion, forgetfulness, ADD, ADHD, autism, and sensory processing disorder are just some of the conditions that can be caused by GUT problems!
Almost 100% of the time, my patients have digestive complaints. Do you suffer from gas and bloating, constipation or loose stools, acid reflux and indigestion? 95% of your neurotransmitters are in your gut.
What you eat regularly, food sensitivities, gut microbe imbalance, gut lining integrity are very relevant to your joint or muscle pain, chronic migraines, how you can handle stress, feeling depressed, anxious or fatigued. If you have some kind of digestive symptoms, I strongly recommend resolving those issues first.
Where do you begin? In general, you need to reduce overgrown harmful gut microbes and encourage beneficial ones. Here, I would recommend to,stay away from ANTIBIOTICS! That’s right, stay away from ANTIBIOTICS! There are safer and more effective ways to balance your gut microbials. There may be times you need to use antibiotics, but if you have history of using antibiotics frequently, you have most likely weakened your neurotransmitters and immune system. I consider once a year as a frequent use of antibiotics. What if you have recurrent bronchitis or strep throat? You need to think about why you are getting that every year. You are in a vicious cycle.
Don’t enable harmful microbes. Your gut lining is pretty big, bigger than you think. It is about the size of tennis court! How? Gut lining is a carpet-like structure. Those carpet-loop like structures are called Villi. The Villi also has another smaller carpet like structure called Microvilli. Adding up the Villi and Microvilli make a big surface like a tennis court. These surfaces have all sorts of microbes on them. Most of them are beneficial and some are harmful but they all live together. Beneficial microbes are your immune system. They are not only on your gut lining, but on your skin, openings such as eyes, ears, nostrils, genitals and anus. Harmful microbes can damage your tissues and in worst-case scenarios it may make your tissues grow into cancer cells. However, before it happens, the harmful microbes can make the gut lining weak and leaky. Foods can leak out into your blood stream and it can create immune reactions. Undigested food can go into the blood stream where undigested food shouldn’t be. Then your immune system starts to attack it, including the leaky faulty gut lining of yours. This is when you can experience pain, digestive upset, anxiety, depression, mental fogginess, and other symptoms we mentioned above. What you want to have is a lot of good microbes living on your tennis court. Think of your gut lining as your backyard. You want a lot of beautiful flowers not weeds. However, in real life, most of us have ugly gut linings full of weeds. Unfortunately, to get a beautiful garden back antibiotics are not the answer but here are some things you can do to help yourself.
Spring Clean Your Diet!
- Avoid eating a lot of sugar, starchy food, including fruits, dairy, grains and alcohol. Avoid eating food that you are sensitive to. If you know certain foods or drinks make you feel ill, sluggish, tired or sleepy, you are probably sensitive to those foods or drinks.
- Take whole-food based fiber supplements. Good microbes thrive with fibers, but we are not eating enough fiber to make that happen. We recommend our patients, Gastro-Fiber, Whole Food Fiber from Standard Process, or Omni Fiber from Des Bio.
- Take natural antimicrobial herbs that can reach to entire gut linings. We recommend Gut Flora Complex from Standard Process. This has special coating of herbs, so that it won’t be disintegrated in Stomach, but reaches to lower gut to clean up harmful microbes in small and large intestines.
- Refrain from symptom treating medications and synthetic source of vitamins. They will hurt good microbes in the gut.
Reduce physical and mental stress. Too much exercise, starvation, toxic exposure, worries, etc. tax your immune system.
- Get a good night sleep. When to sleep matters too…. Be in deep sleep between 9 to 11 pm when your growth hormone is released the most. Growth hormones repair your injured tissues.
- Be careful about probiotics and prebiotics. As mentioned earlier, if your gut is full of weeds, seeding good microbes may not be very effective. You may want to consider weeding first, then seeding. Probiotics, prebiotics, Kombucha, yogurt and other fermented foods are considered to encourage beneficial microbes but watch out for the grams of sugar and other additives.
Once you are more mindful about balancing your gut microbes, you will start to feel better and seeing positive differences. Physically, you will feel less pain, more energy, and mentally at ease. However, balancing your gut is a life-long effort. There is no quick fix. I don’t believe in quick fix; however, quick RELIEF would be nice, wouldn’t it?
Life happens. No medications or herbs can undo what’s happening in your life, however, to deal with pain, anxiety or depression, people take medication, such as Zanax, Klonopin, Valium, Ativan, Serax, Celexa, Lexapro, Paxil, Prozac or Zoloft to name just a few. They may help you temporarily however, as mentioned before, they all will hurt your beneficial gut microbes. That is why I will highly recommend a natural source of herbs or whole-food supplements that don’t hinder your gut.
These are some examples of herbal formulas used at our clinic:
- Kava Forte: For stress and anxiety, includes performance and social anxiety, insomnia, and muscle tension.
- Valerian Complex: For insomnia, difficulty falling asleep, frequent waking, irritability, restlessness, anxiety and nervous tension.
- Withania Complex: For stress relief, specific to adrenal and nervous system exhaustion. Excellent for Type A personalities and those who are wired and tired. Low energy, nervous tension, stress and mild anxiety. Difficulty staying asleep.
- Nevaton Forte: For mood support specific to anxiety, anger, depression, irritability, stress, fatigue and debility. Assists in the management of mood swings, sleeplessness, and insomnia.
- Nervagesic: For nervous tension including pain. Mild sedative and muscle relaxant.
- Sleep Tonic: For sleep aid. Mild sedative and muscle relaxant. Great for pain that hinders sleep at night.
If your condition is serious or chronic, you may need a big intervention. We use “Series Therapy” by Des Bio and tailor to your condition. This is a 2-month protocol that targets specific infections that are related to some of the conditions above. Helicobacter Pylori (bacteria), Clostridium Defficile (bacteria), Giardia Lamblia (parasite), Candida Albicans (fungus) and other microbes can be effectively treated at our clinic. You don’t have to know what you have. We do all the testing. Your mental condition can be from chronic infection and co-infection. By treating a specific infection, your mental and physical conditions may improve immensely. Evaluation and treatment plans are available at our clinic and you are highly encouraged to call us and schedule a FREE phone consultation.
Common Infection Treated with Homeopathic Tools by DesBio at Bamboo Field Acupuncture & Herb
- Borrelia-Babesia (Bacteria)
- Brucella (Bacteria)
- Chlamydia (Bacteria)
- Condylomata (Virus)
- Coxackie (Virus)
- Cytomegalovirus (Virus)
- Epstein Barr (Virus)
- Hepatitis (Virus)
- Herpes Simplex (Virus)
- Herpes Zoaster (Virus)
- Human Parvo Virus (Virus)
- Mycoplasma (Bacteria)
- Nanobacterium (Bacteria)
- Peptostrep (Bacteria)
- Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (Bacteria)
- Streptococcus (Bacteria)
- Toxoplasma Gondii (Parasite)
- Valley Fever (Fungus)
Currently, I am working on my chronic Epstein Barr, H.Pylori and Toxoplasma Gondii infection. I talk the talk and walk the walk.
Body and Mind are always connected. If you are in a rut mentally and/or physically, please take a look at your whole health and focus on how you can address your problem by balancing the whole YOU without medication. Please let us help you.