A healthy, properly-functioning blood-brain barrier is critical for optimal brain and mental health.
The blood-brain barrier is a protective shield that surrounds your brain. It acts as a gatekeeper and filter, allowing beneficial nutrients to cross over into your brain, and keeping unwanted molecules out of your brain.
This is a guest post by Adam Cook, founder of AddictionHub.org.
Adam recently lost a good friend to suicide. His friend suffered from alcoholism for years and wasn’t diagnosed with bipolar disorder until he went into a substance abuse program a couple of years ago.
Adam says he often wonders, had his friend's bipolar disorder been diagnosed sooner, would he still be with us today?
I've been dependent on a lot of substances over the years.
When my brain wasn’t working and I struggled with mental illness, it simply made sense to find immediate relief from something outside myself – even if it wasn't good for me - at least until I found better long-term, sustainable solutions.
I really felt like I had no other choice at the time.
And I know there are a lot of people out there grappling with the same thing.
Chronic stress is killer. It broke me down over the years and led me to deep depression. Getting a handle on it has been critical to my recovery. But it took me a while to figure out what works. And I’d rather not see other people struggle and frantically look for solutions. So I’ve gathered some of my favourites for you.
Your thyroid is a small butterfly-shaped gland located in your neck below your Adam’s apple. It’s one of your most important glands, producing hormones that impact the health and functioning of your entire body. Your thyroid also plays a key role in the optimal health and functioning of your brain. It can impact your cognition, concentration, mood, memory and emotions.
Low-level laser therapy (LLLT) is the very last treatment I used to restore my brain function after serious concussions, toxic mold exposure and multiple psychiatric prescriptions. And in my experience, it is one of the most efficient ways to boost brain function and improve mental health. Yet your doctor likely has no idea what it is.