What is it all about?

These past two calendar years have taken me on another journey with an added dimension, during which time I experienced exaggerated mood swings that proved to be equally challenging to those around me.  Someone close to me questioned my behavior and even got me thinking about bi-polar disorder and the many who have, or have not yet, been diagnosed.

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Stress cofactors
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Addressing those uncomfortable perimenopausal symptoms successfully with indole-3-carbinol, most notably elevates energy level.  With all the added energy, my overall strength and mood improved allowing me to really enjoy participating in life for the first time I could remember during my adulthood. Certainly this reflection of energy is contrary to my consistent tendency to retreat.  This got me thinking back throughout my life of living with Crohn’s disease.  Crohn’s is a chronic inflammation triggering the immune system to respond to perceived infection.  When our bodies are constantly fighting infection from whatever source, our energy is drained; in constant pain and/or discomfort and often febrile, causing us to feel irritable and impatient.  Compound these factors with concurring hormonal imbalances brought upon by menopause, PMS, puberty and a host of other biochemical changes we experience as human beings.  A vicious cycle of stress inducing illness not only results from such insults to our systems, but contributes to somewhat erratic behavior as well.

“Neurotransmitter activity is intimately connected with hormonal activity, so any disruption can induce depression in the long term.” 

The endocrine system produces hormones that drive the biofeedback system in the hypothalamic-adrenal-pituitary axis. Adaptogenic herbs upregulate hormones reducing stress related effects of cortisol.  Essential conversion of T4 (thyroxine) to bioavailable T3 (triiodothyronine) can be accomplished with fat soluble vitamins, B12 and necessary minerals.

“…discovery of its antiviral effect on Borna disease virus (BDV), which is hypothesized to be an etiopathogenetic factor in subtypes of affective disorders.”

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Indole-3-carbinol I3C molecular model
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Whole grains and foods containing vitamin B complex, particularly B12, Mg, and Zn help reduce anxiety.  Tryptophan in bananas affects neurotransmitters like serotonin.  Dark chocolate, without added milk byproducts and sugar, reduces the release of cortisol hormones responsible for potentiating stress and altered moods.

Why are we so quick to judge?  The first inclination both physiologically and psychologically is “fight or flight”.  Whether it is conscious or subconscious, we fear contagion.  We witness something different, askew; and we question what we recognize as being out of the ordinary.  When our hormonal imbalance impacts our outward behavior(s), we are among the last to recognize it ourselves.  I can remember my Grandmothers being the first to make excuses on our behalf as children when being scolded for acting out, they would say: “Maybe they’re coming down with something”.  Wise words we should borrow to express our compassion for others during this day and age of dis-ease.

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2 thoughts on “What is it all about?

  1. herbanaut says:

    I totally relate to you when you are describing how your improved physical condition lead to increased energy and, in turn, to changes in behavior and, perhaps, anxiety (if I am reading you correctly).
    When it comes to anxiety, since you mentioned it, influencing your GABA levels directly really helps. Some drugs are great for that, including alcohol. But also, I have realized that sometimes anxiety, especially when it is triggered by increased energy due to an overcome physical condition, may be a signal that we could change some areas of our lives that need change. In these cases, going with the anxiety and transforming it into action may be the right way to go. In the process, we will have to face our fears and, hopefully, discard them, like useless pieces of cardboard. We may gain even more energy in the result, and the anxiety (at least, some of it) will disappear. So, my view is that anxiety sometimes can be seen as an urge to grow, a sort of inner pressure that pushes us in a new direction, like a tree growing a new branch.

    Congratulations on the success with healing yourself holistically!

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    • Thanks for contributing your insightful reply. Discovering our individual lifestyle “formula” becomes intuitive as we continuously reassess our dynamic state of being. An evidenced-based approach offers a sound format from which to create such a relationship with ourselves.

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