Is Your Blood Brain Barrier Intact? Could It Be A Factor In Your Mental Health?
Mental illness is a scary condition. I have personally ‘been there’ several times. One in 4 people will be affected by some kind of mental condition this year and 1 in 5 people will suffer from depression and anxiety. Those statistics are extremely concerning, mostly because these conditions can precipitate suicide. My heart goes out to all persons who are affected by mental conditions, directly or indirectly. Since I am now 100% free of depression; I feel compelled to share what I have learned – so that you can reap the same symptom free status. I work with clients with various health challenges including depression using my holistic protocol to help them eliminate their symptoms.
A healthy, properly functioning blood brain barrier is crucial to mental health. Understanding your blood brain barrier (BBB) is one of the first steps to restore your mental health.
The blood brain barrier is made up of a layer of cells, including endothelial cells, that fit together tightly so that harmful and unwanted substances cannot pass out of the bloodstream. Some substances, like glucose, are allowed to pass through.
A healthy blood brain barrier:
- protects the brain from ‘foreign and harmful substances’ in the blood, as well as hormones and neurotransmitters. These substances can alter brain and body chemistry. What is your brain/body’s chemical equation made up of?
- prevents large molecule substances from passing through to the brain
- prevents low lipid (fat) soluble molecules from penetrating into the brain (some drugs rapidly cross through into the brain)
- slows down highly charged electrical molecules
Identifying Factors That Damage or Compromise Your Blood Brain Barrier
There are many factors with the potential to compromise your blood brain barrier – altering your brain/body chemistry and normal brain function.
- high blood pressure opens/compromises the BBB.
- developmental challenges (pollution/distress in utero and birth) compromise the BBB
- microwaves open/compromise the BBB
- high concentrations of substances (e.g. alcohol, drugs, chemicals) in the blood can open/compromise the BBB
- brain/body pollution can open/compromise the BBB
- environmental toxins (e.g. neurotoxins – found in fragrances, air fresheners, laundry, personal care and cleaning products, air pollution) can open/compromise the BBB
- radiation opens/compromises the BBB
- infection and viruses open/compromise the BBB
- inflammation opens/compromises the BBB
- restricted blood flow compromises the BBB
- trauma compromises the BBB
- chronic stress hormone production compromises the BBB
HOW’S YOUR BLOOD BRAIN BARRIER DOING?
Did you know that lead can cross a healthy blood brain barrier? I found that out the hard way. I pumped leaded gasoline at my father’s service station as a teenager. Lead has been connected to depression and memory difficulties. Imagine what other unwanted substances might be crossing your blood brain barrier regularly.
Where does all the lead come from? Check out these sources http://www.health.ny.gov/environmental/lead/sources.htm.
Where do all the other harmful substances come from that can harm and pass through your blood brain barrier?http://www.mybodycanhealitself.ca/bodypollution.pdf
How do you get lead and other harmful substances out? You’ll find out at the end of the post.
Protecting and Repairing Your Blood Brain Barrier
Now that you understand the importance of a healthy blood brain barrier to mental health, you will be better equipped to start implementing strategies that can cure your condition.
The second step requires implementing strategies to protect and repair your BBB and rewrite your mental health equation. Collectively these will provide you with the natural cures to restore your mental health. In my personal journey to become 100% depression free, I used specific natural strategies and supplements therapeutically. The natural strategies included detoxification, mind/body healing, neuromuscular biofeedback, visualization, rejuvenation, herbs, nutrition, goal setting and changing limiting beliefs into surpassing beliefs – a holistic health methodology.
Certain vegetables have been shown to help repair the blood brain barrier. I provide a customized holistic protocol email consultation package which includes diet changes to promote blood brain barrier repair. Contact me to get started.
Dealing with depression requires a good understanding of exogenous and endogenous contributing factors. Each mental illness equation shares common denominators that can be eliminated using a holistic health approach. Learn more about these. My holistic protocol which includes information on detoxification and natural strategies for better health can be found in my book THE WHOLE PERSON WELL-BEING EQUATION.
Targeted, customized visualizations like body scan visualization #10 in THE WHOLE PERSON WELL-BEING EQUATION can help you restore your blood brain barrier and brain chemistry. The blood brain barrier is semi-permeable and should only allow some things to pass through. Think of it like a sieve that is only supposed to allow some things to pass. Damage can allow other substances to pass through causing unwanted symptoms. You may have noticed unwanted symptoms after eating out or spending time in areas with poor air quality. This could indicate that you have a compromised blood brain barrier.
Essential oils can help to repair the blood brain barrier and the brain for healthy brain function. I provide a customized holistic protocol email consultation package which includes essential oil therapy and other natural strategies (including specific supplement recommendations) necessary to promote blood brain barrier repair. Contact me to get started.
Essential oils that help the brain for any conditions:
Frankincense is the essential oil of choice for any kind of brain disorder. Frankincense has a molecular makeup that includes sesquiterpenes, that is able to cross the blood/brain barrier. These sesquiterpenes stimulate the limbic system of the brain and other glands within the brain, promoting memory and releasing emotions. There are additional oils that help to promote brain repair. I provide a customized holistic protocol email consultation package which includes essential oil therapy to promote blood brain barrier repair. Contact me to get started.
Start diffusing essential oils today for improved well-being – contact me.
Top ten food additives to avoid – https://www.foodmatters.com/article/top-10-food-additives-to-avoid
Unhealthy phthalate chemicals found in restaurant foods – https://consumer.healthday.com/environmental-health-information-12/chemical-health-news-730/unhealthy-phthalate-chemicals-found-in-restaurant-food-732441.html
DO NOT STOP TAKING YOUR PRESCRIBED MEDICATION OR TREATMENTS. Discuss your planned strategies for recovery with your regular healthcare provider. There may be contraindications due to health status, medications or other factors.
Consider essential oils therapy for overall well-being. Contact me to learn more.
ENJOY better mental health today! You too can restore your mental health!
Elisabeth Hines, C.N.C., C.B.P., Holistic Wellness Practitioner, www.mybodycanhealitself.ca, email@example.com
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Neuroscience For Kids – http://faculty.washington.edu/chudler/bbb.html
The Davis Lab, The University of Arizona – http://davislab.med.arizona.edu/about
The Dana Foundation –
Breaches in Blood-brain Barrier Might Lead to Later Psychiatric Illness by Kayt Sukel – http://www.dana.org/news/features/detail_bw.aspx?id=26938
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