Is This The Cure For All Disease?

Jamie From Michigan Writes:

My doctor recently diagnosed me with anxiety. She wants to put me on some of the basic medications but I really don’t know if that is what I want to do. Is there anything that you know of that can help? My life is stressful and I want to be able to cope. Thanks in advance.

Dear Jamie,

I know life can be challenging at times. Responsibility increases, financial challenges, family issues, and our personal health seems to get put on the back burner. When anxiety hits we have to look at a couple of reason why this is. The main reason for anxiety is typically due to lack of the neurotransmitter GABA (gamma-amino butyric acid). When GABA gets low in the brain, anxiety can develop. 

So just take some GABA right?

Not exactly. GABA is sold in supplemental form yet it can’t cross the blood-brain barrier. Therefore we have to raise GABA in other ways from a lifestyle-based perspective. Typically benzodiazepines (Xanax) are used to treat anxiety and even most physicians will tell you that they are extremely habit-forming and to only use as needed. Many practitioners today are turning to more natural ways of supporting the body with anxiety. 

Here are some great natural ways to support healthy GABA levels in the body. 

1. Exercise
Research tells us that this can be some of the best medicine at maintaining healthy GABA levels in the brain. The activity doesn’t matter. Running, biking, weightlifting, etc. The consistency and duration is what typically helps the most. Stick to 5 days per week at about 20 minutes minimum.

2. Minimize The GABA Depressing foods.
Certain foods are known to keep GABA levels down. These foods are: almonds, walnuts, brazil nuts, wheat, barley, oats, salmon, spinach, and most beans. 

3. Ashwagandha
Herbalists will call this the adaptogenic herb. It is known to help the body in stressful situations and helps to balance cortisol levels.

4. Rhodiola
Helps relieve cortisol, lowers stress, and reduces fatigue. It also help in the permeability of the blood-brain barrier which can help the body enhance the neurochemicals.

5. Vitamin C and B-Complex
These are well – known to help the body in stressful times. Many integrative specialists at the Cleveland Clinic have used these combined with adaptogenic herbs to support the body under stress and to help anxiety.

Jamie From Michigan Writes:
My doctor recently diagnosed me with anxiety. She wants to put me on some of the basic medications but I really don’t know if that is what I want to do. Is there anything that you know of that can help? My life is stressful and I want to be able to cope. Thanks in advance.

Dear Jamie,
I know life can be challenging at times. Responsibility increases, financial challenges, family issues, and our personal health seems to get put on the back burner. When anxiety hits we have to look at a couple of reason why this is. The main reason for anxiety is typically due to lack of the neurotransmitter GABA (gamma-amino butyric acid). When GABA gets low in the brain, anxiety can develop. 
So just take some GABA right?
Not exactly. GABA is sold in supplemental form yet it can’t cross the blood-brain barrier. Therefore we have to raise GABA in other ways from a lifestyle-based perspective. Typically benzodiazepines (Xanax) are used to treat anxiety and even most physicians will tell you that they are extremely habit-forming and to only use as needed. Many practitioners today are turning to more natural ways of supporting the body with anxiety. 
Here are some great natural ways to support healthy GABA levels in the body. 
1. Exercise
Research tells us that this can be some of the best medicine at maintaining healthy GABA levels in the brain. The activity doesn’t matter. Running, biking, weightlifting, etc. The consistency and duration is what typically helps the most. Stick to 5 days per week at about 20 minutes minimum.
2. Minimize The GABA Depressing foods.
Certain foods are known to keep GABA levels down. These foods are: almonds, walnuts, brazil nuts, wheat, barley, oats, salmon, spinach, and most beans. 
3. Ashwagandha
Herbalists will call this the adaptogenic herb. It is known to help the body in stressful situations and helps to balance cortisol levels.
4. Rhodiola
Helps relieve cortisol, lowers stress, and reduces fatigue. It also help in the permeability of the blood-brain barrier which can help the body enhance the neurochemicals.
5. Vitamin C and B-Complex
These are well – known to help the body in stressful times. Many integrative specialists at the Cleveland Clinic have used these combined with adaptogenic herbs to support the body under stress and to help anxiety.

Bryan from Mississippi writes:
For the last year I have been dealing with constipation. My doctor has tried all of the basic over the counter items and nothing seems to be working. It seems the more stressed out I get, the less I can go.  What do you suggest?
Dear Bryan,
Great to hear from you! Constipation can be very frustrating. Many times we don’t know the root cause and it causes you to get into the rut of try this or try that. However, I have great news! So much our digestive system can be traced to the foods we eat every day, and the stress that we learn to manage. Here are some quick tips for winning the battle of being backed up. First see how much water you are drinking every day. Most people are dehydrated and don’t even realize it. The rule of thumb is half your bodyweight in ounces of water each day. So a 200lbs person would take in about 100oz per day. Next is to focus on your fiber intake. The research tells us that we need about 35-40 grams of fiber each day for proper bowel health and to reduce the chances of colorectal cancer. You can get plenty of those fiber grams if you will eat 4-5 servings of fruits and vegetables each day. One of my personal favorites is to use beets. Beets have long been known to increase peristalsis in the digestive tract and get everything moving, as it should. Try a little secret of cutting up a steamed beet and placing it over some fresh greens at night before bed. This will help everything move throughout the night and can cause great movement the next day. There are other options such as prunes and teas like chamomile tea. And finally, the research all tells us that exercise is the key to healthy bowel movements. If possible, consider walking or doing some form of aerobic exercise daily.  The key is to stay consistent in all that you do. And don’t forget probiotics! They are the absolute key to a healthy gut and increased digestive health. Make sure to check out the best probiotic that I have found at Theralac.com

Selena From North Carolina Writes:
I feel like there are so many “top diseases” that are mentioned daily in the news. My family is relatively healthy and we don’t have much heart disease or cancer in our genes. With all the research pointing to various illnesses, what do you think is the toughest disease we are facing today?
 
I get asked this question frequently and this is an easy answer for me. I really don’t think the root cause is simply diabetes, cancer, heart disease, fibromyalgia, or even depression. Those are just the end result.
 
In my opinion, the greatest health challenge we are facing today is in the way that we think. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said recently that 85%  of the root cause of all disease can be found in negative emotional health. Wow! The way that we think is considered the foundation for so much of what we see people deal with in their physical bodies. We are taught and told that family history is everything. That we are our genetics. Genetics do play a role in our health, absolutely. However scientisits are finiding now in the world of epigeneticst that environmental factors can actually change our DNA cellular structure.
What did Albert Sweitzer say about most people today? He stated that people simply don’t think. We get in our routines of daily living, yet we forget about the most important tool we have to achieve optimal health…our ability to think. Many leaders, scientists, philosophers, and religious leaders, have disagreed about many ideas and philosophies in life. However, history tells us that they all agree on this one solitary principle. That we become what we think about. Earl Nightingale said that this was the strangest secret in the world. Most Bible “faith teachers” declare that our thoughts carry the power of determining favorable or unfavorable circumstances in our lives. And the Bible does say in the book of Proverbs that as a person thinks in their heart, so they will be.
So what is the reality?
Our mind is the most powerful tool given to us by God. We can actually change the way we live, including our health, by the way we think. It’s all in what we call attitude. Our attitude toward life determines life’s attitude toward us. Our attitude is our state of mind every minute of every day. No one can choose your attitude for you. Only you determine your attitude. Studies show that most people excel in life not by their skill or aptitude in a certain area. However, it is their attitude that promotes them into higher positions and promotions. People want to be around people that add to their lives…not that take away. Attitude is everything, states my good friend Keith Harrell. We may not be able to control our circumstances in life; however, we can control how we react to those circumstances. One of the keys to attaining and maintaining extraordinary health is controlling your thought life. Only about 5% of the population thinks in a positive manner on a regular basis. That means that most of the world is negative. We must come to a new level in our thinking. How is it that a patient can be diagnosed with cancer and a year later is cancer free? A miracle? Possibly…or maybe that person was determined to get well. Determined by thinking correctly, making great dietary  and lifestyle choices. You will never achieve abundant health unless you first have the right mindset. It possibly took that patient dealing with any challenging diagnosis into thinking differently by changing their diet, lifestyle, outlook, and daily routine to return to optimal health. Where did that ability come from? It started first in their mind. They wanted to get well first before it ever happened. They began to have the right attitude. Once you begin to control your thinking, then research tells us that everything else has the opportunity to fall into place.
Try thinking of how you can do things, not how you can’t. Start seeing what people do well, rather than what people are not doing. Start looking for the good instead of the bad. Try believing something can happen rather than it can’t. Your life is only as limited as your thinking. Ever notice someone that is full of life and energy? Pay attention to their attitude. I bet it is great. Zig Ziglar said it best, “A positive attitude won’t get you everything in life, but it will get you more than a negative attitude will.”
Want to lose weight? Think Better
Want to lower your blood pressure? Think Better
Want to stop taking insulin? Think Better
Want to have more energy for your kids? Think Better
I can give you the tools to achieve these goal. I can’t, however, get you to have the right mindset to achieve these goals.Your attitude (the way you think) will determine your success in every area in life. Think about it. God has more for you this year. Do you want to achieve your health goals? Then make a decision to think better today than you did yesterday.
You are worth it.