Many people are diagnosed with bipolar, a chemical imbalance in the brain thata 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.
Symptoms and the severity differ from person to person and one may go for long durations without experiencing 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 that another won’t be able to tolerate the effects at all. There are other medicines to try that may work better. It may take two to three weeks to get a good idea of how effective a newly introduced medication is. When adverse effects occur, the doctor needs to be consulted about it as soon as possible.
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, passion flower and/or skullcap for calming as well as homeopathic biochemic tissue salts to soothe nerves and restore harmony.
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. The dose of high blood pressure medication may need to be lowered while taking magnesium, for those with high blood pressure.
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 all have the potential to behave as excitotoxins to the neurons as well.
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 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.
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.