Mental & Emotional Wellbeing
When things get out of hand mentally-emotionally and physically, working with an integrative health practitioner can help to identify the drivers of the issue/disharmony and redress it.
An integrated approach that includes all aspects of health - testing and balancing nutritional status, diet, lifestyle habits, neurotransmitter balance, metabolic disorders, looking into unconscious drivers (such as beliefs and trauma), brings strength to more resourceful states of being.
Nutrients are essential for the production of neurotransmitters in the brain and body. They are responsible for the conversion of proteins into brain chemistry, enzymes and neurotransmitters. A deficiency of any one nutrient can be obstructive to the optimal production of brain chemicals such as serotonin, dopamine, GABA, nor-adrenaline and glutamate.
Deficiencies or excesses of vitamins, minerals and trace nutrients can lead to symptoms of mood change, depression or anxiety. For instance, low levels of zinc and magnesium can cause a reduction in serotonin synthesis, which is associated with depression, anxiety, insomnia, and an increased sensitivity to pain. Serotonin production also requires optimal levels of iron, calcium, vitamin B6, folate and vitamin C. A deficiency in any of these can have a rate reducing effect on the pathways producing viable serotonin.
Eating foods that the body can't tolerate, or foods that are too refined and nutrient deficient can exacerbate mood issues, as can hormone imbalances and other health issues such as obesity, gastrointestinal disorders, parasites, celiac disease, inflammatory disorders etc.
Lifestyle habits such as smoking, alcohol, excessive exercise, late nights, excessive stress, insufficient exercise also play a role in mood disorders.
A build up of biological toxins or environmental agents such as mercury, chemicals and other heavy metals have a direct effect on neurological function and nutritional balance.
Toxins can build up in the body without you really knowing it. Symptoms of mercury bio-accumulation , as an example, include mood swings, nervousness, irritability, emotional changes, insomnia, headaches, strange sensations, muscle twitching, tremors, weakness, decreased cognitive function and more, depending on the level of exposure.
Because Mercury is found in dental amalgams, vaccines, seafood, fish and environmental exposures, you may not know that these things are putting you at risk.
Blood or urine testing can be useful if a person suspects recent exposure, but as mercury is so incredibly toxic, the body tries to move it out of circulation as quickly as possible, hiding it away deep in the body and bones. Blood testing won't show its presence. Other testing methods would need to be employed, such as hair analysis, to see if heavy metal exposure is a component in mood and mental health issues.
Hormones also play a role in brain chemistry balance. Oestrogen and progesterone both have an important effect on the brain. Both hormones provide specific neuro-endocrine actions, affecting brain structure and function across a woman's life span.
Puberty brings hormonal changes that impact brain functioning in adolescents as well. And for men, hormone balance also impacts mood, behaviour and neuro-endocrine function.
The microbiome is a collection of bacteria that lives in the digestive tract that is critical to health and well-being. A symbiotic relationship exists between us and our gut bacteria, where we both benefit from one another.
The health of the gut flora is reliant on a healthy, fibre dense diet, and this is important because they have been found to influence mental health through their production of neurotransmitters in the gut.
Subconscious Patterns & Beliefs
How we think, what we say to ourselves inside our own head, what we expect and what we believe, drives our biochemistry, and informs our experience.
If we think scary thoughts, we are going to create the biochemistry that evokes the feeling of fear. Unfortunately, most of the thoughts and expectations that drive our experience occur outside of our conscious awareness, and this is where Psychecology techniques can help.
Using holistic cognitive information processing methods, we can identify the drivers of unhelpful states or cognitive processing issues, bringing awareness to patterns, restoring nutritional levels, tweaking lifestyle practices, and support new ways of doing things.
Neurotransmitters chemically link the brain and spinal cord with the rest of your body: muscles, organs, skin and glands. Nutritional balance is essential for the optimal function of serotonin, dopamine, GABA and adrenal hormones.
Neurotransmitters affect every cell, tissue, and system in your body. And because neurotransmitters are functionally integrated with the immune system and the endocrine system (including the adrenal glands), neurotransmitter imbalances can cause widespread health problems including, for example :
Brain fog – loss of mental focus, ADD, ADHD, impaired memory, poor decision making;
Insomnia – difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, or both;
Pain – migraines, fibromyalgia
Obesity – metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance, and diabetes;
Mood disorders – depression, mood swings, irritability
Anxiety – panic, obsessions, PTSD
Behavioral disturbances – addictions, binge eating, compulsions impulsivity, gambling, autism; and
Hormonal imbalances – PMS, estrogen dominance, low testosterone, hypo-thyroidism.
The brain needs an abundant and balanced number of nutrients everyday in order to manufacture proper levels of the neurotransmitters, brain chemicals, that regulate mood. Imbalances in these brain chemicals can disrupted communication between the brain and the body, and can have serious impacts on health both physically and mentally.
Depression, anxiety and other mood disorders are thought to be directly related to imbalances with neurotransmitters. The four major neurotransmitters that regulate mood are Serotonin, Dopamine, GABA and Norepinephrine.
When operating well, your nervous system has natural checks and balances in the form of inhibitory (calming) and excitatory (stimulating) neurotransmitters, that can keep you calm, yet alert, motivation and inspired, energised yet able to rest and sleep well.
We use a wide range of tools to identify causative drivers and factors which may contributing to an imbalance of brain and body chemistry. Non-invasive bio-energetic testing is a great way to see what factors are causing physiological stress. If indicated we may also recommend some deeper testing either through your doctor, or through a functional pathology laboratory.
Together with adrenal and thyroid testing, two other profiling reports we may utilise include screening for a Pyrole metabolite and Neurotransmitter levels testing..
'Pyroles' is the name given to a metabolic issue that makes essential nutrients for this process to become unavailable. The result is a state of high anxiety, high oxidative stress and a list of related health issues.
At the clinic we can test for this condition, and treat it effectively.
Pyrroles makes a person more susceptible to :
Anxiety, depression, irritability, poor learning ability, calmness, physical health issues, emotional instability, lowered immunity, elevated frustration, irrational anger, sadness, grief, loss, fear, phobias, addictions, social anxiety, low confidence, no self belief,
excessive worry, self sabotage and more.
The Neurotransmitter-Intermediate Test (4035)
This is a four point urine analyses test, assessing levels of nine neurotransmitters which include: Serotonin, GABA, Dopamine, Noradrenaline, Adrenaline, Glutamate, ratio, PEA, Glycine and Histamine.
These neurotransmitters communicate with one another in relation to their effects on mood disorders, hormones, sleep, glucose/insulin balance, pain perception, appetite, and cognitive function.
The importance of effectively assessing and treating mood disorders cannot be overstated. Objectivity is a key element to the therapeutic approach to mood disorders. Currently, the standard of care dictates a trial and error pharmaceutical approach is taken with each patient based on both self and clinician assessments. However, without information yielded from objective clinical testing, selection of the most effective treatment for each particular patient with a mood disorder continues to be a challenge. While this may prove effective for some patients, the potential for harm during those interim treatment failures is a real concern for clinicians and patients alike.
The report format includes a correlation analysis section, written by the clinical department, which relates the patients’ symptoms with their corresponding lab results, as an aide to the practitioner.
Targeted neurotransmitter testing can help health care practitioners achieve a diagnostic edge beyond the traditional psychological inventory by identifying specific imbalances in neurotransmitter levels. Based on neurotransmitter test results, practitioners can identify specific biochemical heterogeneity for each particular patient, and objectively monitor therapeutic responses during and after intervention.
Lack of motivation and energy
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Personalised Health Care
Each person is unique, with their own particular lifestyle factors, health history, epi-genetic characteristics and treatment needs. We regard each person as an individual, and aim work with you to identify the causative and sustaining factors in your current experience, and what you need to move forward in the most efficient and effective way for you.
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