Before you start
The information on this site represents the observations, experiences and views of the authors.
It is not intended for people with serious psychiatric disorders and is not a recommendation for treatment.
Please read the full Disclaimer page before you continue.
Please try to read and understand all the relevant pages on this site. Every attempt has been made to be as clear and informative as possible with each subject, while at the same time trying to avoid mentally taxing the reader with unnecessary information, such as chemical and biological processes, so where appropriate these have been left out.
Notes on personal experiences of the various subjects and supplement regimes on this site are included, and while it is appreciated that we all have different needs, they are still very useful for comparison purposes.
Assuming that you are in otherwise reasonable health, and with no serious, medical issues,
I believe that within the pages of this website are all the tools you will need to bring about major, positive changes to your health, mood and emotions, which can be literally life changing.
Please read the Proceedures page and the Mood Tree explanation page thoroughly. The route to the Mood Tree explanation page can be found on the Mood Tree Graphic page.
Important points to note
Allergies, food intolerance, malabsorption, acidosis, emotional stress and blood sugar issues etc, can all severely disrupt neurotransmitter chemistry, resulting in imbalances of dopamine, serotonin and all their derivatives. Unless these issues are resolved, any effort to improve mood and mental function will be slow or impossible. You will find help with all of these problems throughout this site.
All of the subjects covered on this website can have a negative influence on your health and moods, so if you relate to any one of them, you should concentrate your efforts on these first.
You may be taking medication for mood disorders which offers some help, but these are not the answer if you have any one, or a number of the issues listed above. You are just papering over the cracks and you will never feel the best you can be.
This doesn't mean that you should stop taking your medication yet, but you must make sure you are free of everything in your life that's pulling you down first. Then you could gradually decrease your medication and note the results.
There are no magic bullets and everything you put inside yourself has to be accounted for.
Never underestimate the effect that foods can have on your health, moods and emotions.
For instance, various types of lettuce contain a substance which can have a sedating effect on your mood. I am one of those people who is sensitive to lactur carium which is found in this plant, and only one reasonably sized lettuce leaf is all that is needed to kill off any mental vigour and emotional vitality in me.
Another example is chocolate, loved by almost everyone but not tolerated well by certain individuals.
Chocolate contains chemicals which can cause headaches, nightmares, moodiness and depression. Other examples are joint pains and soreness from citrus fruits, muscle cramps and inflammation problems from monosodium glutamate.
You may be tempted to eat any type of food, herb or spice that you desire, but if you want long lasting good health and vitality......you can't! Nurturing your weakness for the foods you fancy but are doing you no good, just isn't worth it.
It's just a few minutes of pleasure for hours or days of misery.
Remember, feeling good is addictive, and once you have experienced it, you will never want to go back. You will look better, you will perform better, it will be a life changing experience.
Study the list of foods and additives below which can have a profound effect on mood and behavior.
- Chocolate (chocolate contains a neurotoxin called salsolinol which can cause moodiness and depression, it also contains theobromine and phenethylamine, which can have negative physiological effects on the body)
- Whey protein (a very common ingredient found in many processed foods) read the labels
- Rapeseed and maize (corn)
- Soya in any form
- Salicylates (see the allergy page here)
- Yeast extract (found in many processed foods) read the labels
- Chemical food additives (consult the E-Numbers page here)
- Citrus fruits
- Wheat germ (found in wholemeal bread and cereals)
- Olive oil
- Vinegar (including cider vinegar)
- All foods which contain sulphites, read the labels
- Smoothies (high sugars, fructose and potassium, can over stimulate the digestion)
- Curry dishes (herb, spice and sauce allergens, can over stimulate the digestion)
- Pasta (gluten and wheat allergens, can stall the digestion and cause sluggishness)
Dairy - wheat - oats - rice - white fish - shellfish - nuts - peas - kidney beans - haricot beans - eggs - chicken - pork - beef - tomatoes - berries - potatoes - cabbage, broccoli and any vegetable from the brassica family.
If you experience tiredness and exhaustion after excluding one of these foods from your diet, don't be alarmed. This can be an indication that your body is stepping down from the fight, and is a good sign. After suitable rest and recuperation you will feel a renewed vigour and vitality. Simply removing any one of these foods from your diet may be all that is needed to rid you of your poor moods and health problems. Be determined and methodical, it's well worth the effort.
Remember, there is so much junk in foods these days, read the labels.
Try not to force yourself into eating foods just because you have heard in the media that you will suffer some catastrophic health problems if you don't. How can this be true? We all have our own unique, metabolic differences. Vitamins B6 and C will certainly have the same biological function in you and I, and stimulate similar chemical changes within us, but where food is concerned, we may both react very differently, and sometimes violently.
There are certain health conditions and deficiencies that can cause an individual to become allergic or intolerant to certain foods. For instance, if ammonia (a byproduct of amino acid metabolism) is not cleared from your system you can develop protein allergies. The physical symptoms can be irritability, tiredness, headaches, nausea, mental confusion, forgetfulness and brain fog. There are supplements you can take which will help to remove this excess ammonia and these include Arginine, Citrulline, Biotin, Glutamine and Cysteine. Try just one of these at a time with vitamin B6 and Zinc, drink plenty of water and note the results.
Take the case of Alec Castle from the UK, a disciplined, retired army soldier from a fine military background. He has smoked a pipe for most of his adult life, he never eats fruit, rarely eats vegetables, and his weaknesses are chocolate, biscuits and cakes. He is in good health, and at the time of writing had just turned 100 years of age. We are all different! You have to find what your body wants and can deal with, and what it does not want, because it can't.
I passionately believe that a large proportion of behavioural and emotional problems in humans can be caused by, or cured by, what is eaten or excluded in their diet.
This could be a sign that your problems are related to food allergy / intolerance, or blood sugar issues. Study the allergy and blood sugar pages of this site and keep a diary of all the foods that you eat, noting the effects as you eliminate them from your diet.
You must address any health issues that you may have such as blood sugar problems, allergies, fibromyalgia, inflammation, energy generation problems and acidosis. You will find the help pages for these on the main menu. If you do have any of these problems, dont be tempted to ignore them and continue, because any one of these can prevent you from reaching your goal later.
Your efforts will definitely be worthwhile.
- If you eat a lot of fruit see the notes about fructose problems.
- If you drink alcohol see the Alcohol page.
- If you have been following a low fat diet see the Fats page.
Remember that cholesterol produces testosterone (more male related), oestrogen (more female related), steroid and adrenal hormones. These hormones have an intimate relationship with the neurotransmitter family and play a large part in emotional wellbeing. If you think these hormones are low, you should have your levels checked.
When you are satisfied that you are as free as you can be from the above issues, move on to Proceedures.
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