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Improve Mood with Omega-3
Improve Mood with Omega-3
Omega-3 fatty acids make up a family of fats that help protect from heart disease and cancer, inflammation and joint pain, increased blood pressure, and a host of other health issues. This vital mineral is also imperative for healthy brain function to ward off mental disorders and stabilize emotions. Many doctors believe that the epidemic of mental illness in modern societies can be traced back to the lack of omega-3 in our contemporary diet and food supply. An omega-3 deficiency has been linked to decreased ability to focus and concentrate, AD/HD symptoms, anxiety and depression, and other issues related to the brain.
Symptoms of Omega-3 deficiency include:
- Poor memory
- Immune weakness
- Dry skin, eczema, or hair loss
- Heart problems
- Reproductive problems
- Mood swings or depression
- Poor circulation
Depression and Omega-3:
In one study, low doses of an SSRI that would typically be considered ineffective were combined with omega-3 fatty acids. The result was an increased effectiveness of the anti-depressant effects. This finding is encouraging, and it may prove helpful when treating those patients who seem resistant to conventional treatment for depression.
Anxiety and Omega-3:
There have been a few studies done that have concluded that when taken in high doses (2+ grams per day) over a period of weeks, participants in these research studies noticed fewer episodes of anxiety and an overall lift in their general mood. Typically, anxiety is one of the reasons for relapse for someone dealing with addiction. One study involving addicts found that the chance of relapse was reduced when participants took high doses of Omega-3 on a daily basis. Just as in other studies on Omega-3 for Anxiety, recovering addicts felt happier and more in control of their anxiety when adding this to their daily diet.
Dallas Brain Changers:
Eating a healthy diet and supplementing with important nutrients our bodies need are important aspects of maintaining healthy brain function. However, if you deal with any disorder that involves brain function, is important to recognize that diet alone will not change the brain waves to permanently reduce or eliminate symptoms. At Dallas Brain Changers, we take an integrated approach toward wellness without medication that involves both neurofeedback and Christian counseling. Through neurofeedback, we help retrain your brain to function within the norm for healthy brain function. In counseling, we address harmful thought and behavior patterns, develop healthy alternatives, focus on a healthful diet, and set goals toward a brighter future. By the end of treatment, our clients are healthier in body, mind, and Spirit.
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Dr. Stephanie Golder, MA, ThD, Stephen Minister, Hemispheric Life Coach
Mindy Fritz, MS, LCDC, BCN