Nutrient Therapy for Balancing Brain Chemistry

This blog was written for Village Green Apothecary by Dr. Kevin Passero, ND, who has worked closely with us for a number of years.

brain-chemistryScience has made many great advances in the understanding of complex brain processes, especially when it comes to treating mental illnesses such as anxiety, depression, and attention deficit disorder. Using natural methods such as advanced nutrient therapy for balancing brain chemistry is becoming a very promising alternative to conventional treatments. By determining the unique biochemistry of each patient, clinical practitioners experienced in nutrient therapy (vitamins, minerals and amino acids) can maximize outcomes without side effects commonly associated with psychiatric medications.

As a Naturopathic doctor, I am passionate about uncovering the root cause of illnesses and providing personalized medicine. Each individual has innate biochemical factors that influence personality, behavior, mental health, as well as immune function. And, it is this unique biochemistry that results in diverse nutritional needs. Genetic differences influence the way our bodies process foods and certain nutrients, causing some people to have nutrient deficiencies while others have an excess of nutrients. Both can cause problems in neurotransmitter balance. Testing patients allows me to determine if a person has abnormal absorption, metabolism, or storage of key nutrients. With this knowledge, I can tailor treatment plans based on individual needs. Continue reading “Nutrient Therapy for Balancing Brain Chemistry”

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Stress Series: How Stress Affects Mood and How a Natural Approach Can Help

stress-moodIn the last of our series on stress, we will be looking at how stress affects mood and how it can contribute to mood swings. A mood swing is an extreme or rapid change in mood or personality.

Mood swings can last a few minutes, a few hours, or a few days. If mood swings are happening frequently, are disruptive, or lasting for longer periods of time, it might be helpful to seek support in getting to the root cause.

What are Common Causes of Mood Swings?

Healthy brain function requires many important nutrients as well as an active, social lifestyle. Factors such as aging, emotional stress, and exposure to free radicals affect cognitive health and memory function.

Hormone and Neurotransmitter Imbalances
Hormone and neurotransmitter imbalances are often at the root cause of mood swings. Your brain and body chemistry affects the way you think and the way you react, and can make you both more emotional and more prone to rapid negative emotions. Low levels of neurotransmitters such as serotonin, GABA, and norepinephrine can lead to anxiety and mood changes. Hormone imbalances (thyroid and sex hormones) can also play a major role in mood swings.  Continue reading “Stress Series: How Stress Affects Mood and How a Natural Approach Can Help”

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