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Functional Medicine approaches to Mood

Psychological effects on your mood

Instead of calm, confident and happy, many of us are living our lived exhausted by fear. We’re unable to focus and our performance takes a knock. We feel depressed, hopeless and disconnected from life. It causes our memory to fail us and you struggle to come up with even the most basic of words to describe something simple. 

Our brains appear broken; and we often find that there’s little to help us to keep them in check, other than turning to medication. 

But this epidemic cannot be cured by medication alone. We need to focus on the underlying cause of our mood and mental health imbalances. We need to look at why we can’t seem to shake the feeling of impending doom, the thoughts of worry and the sense that we will never be joyful again. 

These feelings, however, can be overcome… and best of all, you will be able to work through the despair and depression… with the right help. 

Physiological affects and how it influences your mood

Your mood is not only influenced by your brain chemicals. There are also physiological – or biological – processes that take place within your body that influence your mood.

For example, if you eat certain types of foods, they may cause inflammation, and the inflammatory processes they promote have a significant effect on your ability to maintain a balances state of mental health.

Intolerances to certain food compounds can also give rise to mental health issues. Histamine is highly associated with an increased susceptibility to brain excitation and subsequent anxiety and depression. Glutamate toxicity can cause brain fog, reduced concentration, and depression and anxiety.

Your genes can also drastically increase your risk of mental health disorders, for example, those of us who aren’t able to manage folate metabolism, are more susceptible to depression due to an increase in the production of a very inflammatory compound, called homocysteine.

These are conditions that your typical medications for depression and anxiety are likely to be ineffective for.

Finding the underlying cause of your mood imbalances

Because we are all individuals, and we all have different needs, different symptoms and different circumstances, we do not address your condition with a one-size-fits-all approach. 

We know that your condition and symptoms are not all in your head. At Aches Away Toronto, our team of highly skilled practitioners band together to provide you with the best possible approach to your treatment. We look for the underlying cause of your mental health imbalances whether it’s as a result of emotional impacts, hormonal imbalances, nutritional deficiencies or a hyper stimulated nervous system, we are here to help. 

If you’re ready to improve your energy, become more resilient to stress, overcome mental health challengers and take charge of your emotions, select a practitioner from the list below. 

Aches Away Toronto is here to help…

Counselling: If your worries are too powerful, you can’t let go of your tension or you’re holding onto trauma from your past, Stevie can help. She knows that depression is more than sadness, that relationships breakdowns need open lines of communication and that everyone responds to different counselling therapies. In a compassionate and objective manner, Stevie is there to partner with you to develop a comfortable and suitable treatment plan for your particular concern.

Naturopathy: Dr Jennah can suggest a treatment approach that targets your individual needs to boost mental clarity and combat anxiety, various types of depression, chronic stress and panic attacks. Find a trusted partner in Dr Jennah to determine whether your hormones need rebalancing or your nervous system is stuck in the ‘on’ switch. 

Nutritional Therapy: The foods you eat can either be helpful or harmful in your efforts to balance your brain chemicals that control your mood and emotions. Vanessa can help you to implement dietary and lifestyle interventions that support your psychological pathways and help you to determine the nutrients you need to balance your neurological pathways. 

Acupuncture: Whether you’re stressed out or anxious, you have a physical or neurological disorders like a concussion, or vertigo, or you are suffering from addictive behaviours or ADHD, acupuncture can help. Every chemical in your body can be affected b acupuncture, which provides an effective treatment for any mood or neurological disorder. 

Massage Therapy: When life’s challenges leave you with feelings of depression, anxiety or chronic stress, look to massage therapy as a treatment option. Research shows that massage therapy can help to improve mood and relaxation, as well as provide overall mental health benefits. 

Osteopathy: Through focus on multiple body systems, and addressing dysfunction in them, osteopathy can help psychiatric patients to take charge of their mood imbalances and support self-healing and optimized function.

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