Many people are diagnosed with bipolar, a chemical imbalance in the brain that causes a mood imbalance of highs and lows. These mood changes may occur as a reaction to various things such as a lack of sleep, reaching a threshold of allergens, loud noises for a prolonged period, stress or lack of nutritional intake. The set of symptoms and their severity vary from person to person and one may go for long durations without any symptoms. Studies show that much more time is spent in a depressive episode than in a manic state.
Medications such as lithium or depakote for mania, wellbutrin anti-depressant, and seroquel for sleep can be helpful in maintaining a balanced state and are taken on a daily basis. Since the chemical makeup is individual, the effectiveness varies from one person to the next. One person will do very well on a particular medication whereas another may not. There are other ones to try that may work better and it may take two to three weeks to get a good idea of how effective a newly introduced medication is. The doctor should be consulted as soon as it’s evident that one is having bad effects from a new medication.
Natural remedies are also helpful to maintain chemical balance. Some of these consist of selenium, St. John’s Wort (although this might stimulate mania) and 100 mg a day of 5-htp (only when not taking medications) all of which help manufacture serotonin and are antioxidants. Omega 3 in the form of fish oil or 2 to 3 tablespoons daily of ground flaxseed to clear fogginess, and improve fatigue and circulation. Psyllium as a source of fiber and passion flower and/or skullcap are good for calming or relaxing the nervous system. NAC manufacturers glutathione to regenerate cells.
Biochemic tissue salts soothe the nerves and restore harmony. They were developed in the 1870’s as a method to replenish minerals and are small tablets made to dissolve under the tongue. Whenever new cells are formed, these salts, there are 12 alltogether, must be present and in correct balance for all organs and tissues in the body to function properly. For mood would be Nat Sulph, Kali Phos and Nat Phos which can be found in a blend form.
A quality form of vitamin c with bioflavanoids, amino acids and msm are also restorative. ALA is a great antioxidant and choline makes acetylcholine for memory and transports lipids from the liver. Magnesium with D promotes restful sleep, steady heartbeat, and helps to relax spasms and tight muscles. Some treatments add magnesium to stop symptoms of the rapid recycling of mania. Some bipolars have shown to have differences in the levels of magnesium in their blood. Anyone taking high blood pressure medication may need to lower the dose while taking magnesium. Magnesium is useful in patients with ADD/ADHD and is essential for the biochemisty of Omega-3s.
The chelates are citrate, lactate, glycinate, malate, taurate..these are the most common. These are forms of magnesium bonded to an amino acid which then allows for better absorption. Magnesium lactate may be the best and most completely absorbed. Some people suggest that magnesium oxide is hardly worth the trouble or money.
Since chelate weighs more than the magnesium the total actual percentage of magnesium itself is lower compared to the weight of the mixture. For ex., magnesium malate label – 152mg of magnesium and 848mg of malic acid to give a total weight of 1000 mg. Another source is a warm bath for about 20 minutes in 1 to 2 cups Epsom Salts which allows magnesium in through the skin. Food sources for magnesium include – 3oz of almonds-270mg, 1 cup of oatmeal-57 mg, and 1 cup of navy beans-108mg.
Metal detox is another method to assist with the chemical imbalance from bipolar; the toxicity being caused primarily from vaccine additives, air pollution and car exhaust fumes. Metals such as mercury, aluminum, lead and cadmium can gain a foothold through neurons into cells and become afixed. Some metals are capable of replacing the receptor sites for zinc which can cause a zinc deficiency and is fairly common. Food colorings, msg, some sweetners and preservatives have the potential to behave as neuron excitotoxins.
Metal detox may cause an immune reaction which can stir up a healing sickness. The system may react in an attack mode similar to a germ infestation foreign to the body as they are pulled out into the flow. This may last from 3 days to 3 to 6 weeks afterward. The chinese parseley, cilantro, eaten or taken in supplement form every day for a few weeks helps to cleanse metals from cell tissues. Chlorella helps to excrete them from the body.
Dandelion root and milk thistle help strengthen and protect the kidneys and liver. Since dandelion acts as a diuretic which promotes the formation of urine, it’s not a supplement to take on a continuous basis. Follow the dose amount on the label except for every 3rd day instead of every day, always skipping two days between doses, to the end of the bottle. Then skip one or two months and repeat either once or twice. The ‘standardized’ form is denser and purer and is therefore recommended compared to regular dandelion capsules. Dandelion is a powerhouse of nutritional and cleansing support.
Refined sugar intake depletes the body of B vitamins because they are used up by turning sugar into energy. A low glycemic-load diet is recommended; whole foods, vegetables, fruits and regular meals.
A therapy treatment may take from three months to a year and the costs for natural remedies can be spread out over time according to one’s budget. It requires some research to find quality products that are also within an affordable range. They can be found online and sometimes are on sale, or at local health stores and gnc’s. A candida cleanse may also be helpful using a product such as Electrodine for thyroid health and protection.