Ebenezer Wellness, Inc. Newsletter
February, 2009  *  Nutrition & Your Emotions  *  2.09.1
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Have you ever been sick?  Sick for longer than a couple of days?  A chronic illness or even just a week-long bout of the flu can leave you with little energy left for hopes, dreams and relationships.  If you don't realize how profoundly your physical health can effect  your emotional health, it is likely that you have never experienced this issue up close and personal.
Mood disorders and particularly depression are a topic close to my heart.  There is much misunderstanding in our culture.  Often the questions are asked...
Is it a chemical imbalance? 
Is it genetic? 
Is it a spiritual issue? 
The answer could be "yes" to all of the above and more.  
The following are all areas where routine tests show that you are fine because, unlike the flu or other clear illnesses, these are sub-clinical.  Your doctor sends you home saying, "There is really nothing wrong with you."  Unfortunately, this happens over and over until you begin to feel like you are crazy!   
Conventional health care professionals are generally untrained in holistic nutrition, and therefore some of the questions that often go unasked are...
Do you have a sensitivity to foods you eat?
Are you adrenally fatigued?
Do you have an imbalance in your m/f hormones?
How is your nutrition, particularly the nutrients needed to feed the brain?
Are you operating with a toxic overload?
These sub-clinical illnesses can cause a dramatic reduction in the quality of your life by overwhelming you and keeping you at a place where you barely have enough energy to cope.  I have found that whole food nutrition and a holistic approach can be very helpful.  However, it is not the miracle cure promised by the latest MLM supplement or on the website or infomercial.
If this is an issue you would like to discuss further, I am always available for a free consultation.  You can reach me at 214-415-0760.
To your health,
Elizabeth Naylor

When discussing holistic nutrition, there are several presuppositions that are foundational to any program if we are to achieve long term results.  The first is that there is a profound connection between the spirit, soul (mind, emotion & will) and the physical body.   Secondly, biochemical stress internally (poor nutrition, poor elimination, toxic overload) will add to and multiply external stresses (traffic, miserable job, kids at 5:00pm).   Finally, behavior can often be a compensation for biochemical problems.  For example, many poor lifestyle choices (excessive eating, drinking, smoking) have a component of an attempt to gain the energy your body needs.  The nutritional imbalance can drive the behavior and not the other way around, as we often assume.

In working with clients on a clinical basis, we find there are five areas where nutrition can play a role in emotional health.  Most of the information for this article is based on the book, Nutritional Balancing and Hair Mineral Analysis by Dr. Lawrence Wilson, M.D.  We also use Hair Mineral Analysis in our practice to guide therapeutic nutritional recommendations.

  1. Hypoglycemia, low blood sugar, is usually the result of a diet high in refined carbs and sugar.  Our body functions best at a narrow range of blood sugar.  When we eat these refined carbs and sugars, we can see extreme highs and lows that contribute to symptoms such as nervousness, irritability, confusion, tension and violence.  Two books that I often recommend to clients are Food and Behavior by Barbara Stitt, Ph.D. and  Potatoes, Not Prozac by Kathleen DesMaisons, Ph.D.. 
  2. Additives are neurotoxins that can cause allergic reactions in the brain.  There are over 3000 additives in use in processed foods today.  They are classified by the FDA as "GRS", generally regarded as safe, but they are not regulated and many have been proven harmful.  Their effects are cumulative and additive. 
  3. Toxic metals are all around us.  They can affect brain chemistry and their effects are also cumulative and additive.  Our body is designed to detoxify these harmful metals at a certain level, but the problem starts when we experience excessive exposure and simultaneously lack the mineral nutrients that we need. 
  4. Nutritional deficiencies can cause emotional symptoms as well.  Calcium, magnesium and zinc are sedative minerals and sodium, potassium and manganese are energy minerals.  When we lack the full spectrum of vital nutrients in our diet, including good fats and adequate protein, our body has to compensate.  A book I recommend for understanding the issues of low nutrient content of our foods is Empty Harvest by Dr. Bernard Jensen and Mark Anderson.   A source of a wealth of nutritional information is the cookbook Nourishing Traditions by  Sally Fallon and Mary Enig, Ph.D..
  5. The fifth area, hormonal imbalances, can actually be a symptom of several of the first four.  These imbalances in male and female hormones can cause significant mental and emotional symptoms.  The method of testing most commonly used to detect these imbalances is saliva testing.  For more information on this topic, you can request the CD Public Lecture series on Hormonal Balancing or Contact Us for information on access to this type of testing.
Nutrition can be a confusing area of study because individual people are simply individual.  Not everyone is affected by junk food, for example, in the same way.  It is easy to say, "Look at Uncle Joe who lived to 99 on "fill in the blank", and he seemed just fine."  The truth is, he may have been just fine or you may not know what he really faced physically and emotionally.  If he was born before 1950, he likely had a better start than pop tarts and donuts for the first twenty years and that gave him a nutritional grounding for life!  You also cannot compare yourself to your neighbor or your best friend, or even compare your kids to each other.   The key is in determining the nutritional support you need to live a full and enjoyable life for 100+years!
All material in this publication is provided for information only and may not be construed as medical advice or instruction.  No action should be taken solely on the basis of this publication; instead, readers should consult appropriate health professionals on any matter relating to their health and well being.  The information and opinions provided by this publication are believed to be accurate, tested and sound based on the judgement available to the authors.  But readers who fail to consult with appropriate health professionals assume the risk of any injuries.
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