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Depression/Anxiety and the Brain-Gut connection

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July 19, 2017

“I feel like this depression is a never ending story. Will I ever get better and feel good, happy and healthy again? I can’t take this anymore. It keeps pulling me down into the blackness and I wish with all my heart I could take it away. I’m tired, so tired of this constant battle. I want to feel like me again. I used to be so happy. I used to sleep through the night and feel energetic all day. I didn’t use to live with all this pain”.

Do you feel depressed? You are not alone!

What if you could . . .

  • address the actual cause of your depression or anxiety Safely and Effectively?
  • Take control of your life?
  • Transform your body, your brain, and your experience with an Effective, Integrative, Functional medicine approach to Healing?

It’s hard to face illness, pain, and fear. But it IS possible to move through it and transform yourself.
It takes courage and commitment as well as powerful knowledge, support, and tools from an expert.

Depression isn’t the root disease itself. It’s the outward expression of imbalance in the body- the symptom. It’s the body alerting you to the fact that something is wrong.

Depression is not simple, there are many complex factors involved.

Both anxiety and depression, along with other mood and neuropsychiatric disorders, such anxiety, sleep disorders, eating disorders, or bipolar disorder generally result from a complex interplay of factors. These may include a combination of nutritional, physical, environmental, social and emotional factors, affecting your genetic tendencies and brain biochemistry (meaning that your neurotransmitters, or the chemical messengers within your brain, can be affected by these key components of well-being). You can think of anxiety and depression as disruptions in brain health.

Gut health – heal your gut to heal your mind.

The brain-gut connection.

Did you know we have a second brain? The second one, called our enteric nervous system, consists of some 100 million neurons that are embedded in the walls of our gut. There are incredibly intricate interconnections between the brain and the gut and the vagus nerve (the nerve responsible for a lot of your thinking and brain function) connected from the top of your stomach, all the way up to your brain.

The “brain-gut” connection is essentially what it sounds like: Your gut and brain are directly linked.
As important as the neurons in the gut is the kind of bacteria and other microbes collectively known as our microbiome. They do many important things like break down our food, fight off infection, and boost our immune system and also play a very important role in our mental health. In addition, about 95% of your serotonin (“feel good” brain chemical) is produced in your gastrointestinal tract.

When your gut is unhappy, stressed, inflamed…your brain is unhappy or stressed.
Inflammation in your gut sends signals to your brain, causing similar responses such as inflammation, stress, anxiety, depression and a host of other mental health issues.

“By improving the microbiome we can actually see positive changes in mood, cognitive function, and executive function,”

A stronger microbiome means less inflammation, which means reduced risk of inflammatory brain diseases and disorders like depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

“Leaky gut” is linked to mental health disorders.

Our gut takes a hit over time when we eat processed foods, eat foods we are allergic to, get overloaded with environmental toxins, medications, and antibiotics. This leads to a wear and tear on our gut linings, which then leads to a “leaky gut”

Leading to digestive issues (from constipation, gas and bloating to allergies, brain fog, and skin breakouts)…
Which then leads to inflammation in the body (as food particles leak into our bloodstream—outside the digestive tract). Our body sees food in the bloodstream as “outside invaders” and ends up attacking itself (causing an inflammatory response, which impacts our whole body—brain included).

This constant state of stress causes chronic inflammation; the body reacts to the stress as a type of infection and tries to overcome it. Because inflammation is at the root of many diseases, this exposure to prolonged stress can have serious consequences for your health, ranging from high blood pressure to autoimmune disorders to chronic depression and mental health disorders.

Neurofeedback – balancing brain wave energy

Traditionally, depression has been treated with therapy and medication, both of which have limitations, and medications can have significant side effects.

Even with medication, countless depression sufferers continue to struggle. Medications don’t teach the brain how to get out of the unhealthy brain pattern of depression.

Depression is neurological, not psychological.

The left frontal area of the brain is associated with positive emotions and motivation and a desire to be involved with other people. The right frontal area of the brain is more associated with worry, depression, and fear, accompanied by the motivation to withdraw from and avoid other people and different environments. When there is more slow brainwave activity in the left frontal area, this part of the brain is more inactive and the right frontal area is more dominant. Such a person is predisposed to become depressed more easily, to withdraw from other people, and to be anxious.

Neurofeedback training works on the root of the problem, altering the brain patterns affiliated with depression. Neurofeedback can restore healthy brain wave patterns and bring lasting brain changes. It is non-invasive and produces no undesirable side effects making neurofeedback a powerful tool.

We first measure brain function with a quantitative EEG brain map, so that you can see the reason in your brain for your mood problems. The QEEG will show areas of the brain where there is too little or too much activity.
Hundreds of studies have been done investigating EEG activity and many important areas of our daily life functioning, including our attention, mood, anxiety, social functioning, and learning and thinking skills. EEG can be used to identify the basis in the brain for attention deficits and the distinct EEG patterns that have been identified for depression.

Once we determine the source of the problem, we target that area for change through neurofeedback brain training. This allows you to reshape your brain, not just mask your symptoms.

Neurofeedback training will stabilize your depressed mood and other symptoms which keep you depressed like insomnia and anxiety.

Those with depression often notice improvement after only a few sessions, but for the brain to fully learn to make healthier patterns consistently, a number of brain training sessions are required. With sufficient practice, the brain learns to make these healthy patterns on its own and regulate mood independently.

Neurofeedback can help depression sufferers get their lives back. Your brain changes when you are depressed and neurofeedback can help it relearn healthier patterns, giving those who suffer from depression a way out of their suffering.

Neurofeedback is able to make a change to the source of depression symptoms within the brain and central nervous system.

Neurofeedback training for Depression is very promising because it can not only relieve the symptoms of Depression but can also modify the brain’s biological predisposition for becoming depressed by reversing the frontal brain wave asymmetry that predisposes you to depression and help you regain control of your life.
This complex venture is designed to help support your health and healing so you can feel better, energized and invigorated, calmer, and at peace.

Capable, experienced guidance makes all the difference in helping you reach a place of health and happiness faster, with superior and lasting results.

Because every person has a unique set of challenges, at Red Tail Wellness we support you with a creative and effective individualized approach. Dr. Ian Hollaman has developed a unique, effective, non-drug approach to helping people with depression and anxiety. His program incorporates Functional Medicine, Functional Neurology, Nutrition, Brain Mapping, Neurofeedback and customized Chiropractic care.

Our role at Dr. Autoimmune is to provide support, knowledge, tools, and strategies that directly address the root cause of all your mental and physical challenges in order to enhance and encourage a positive transformation. We can get to the root cause of your depression by using a Comprehensive Functional Medicine Approach.
This and more is possible!

Depression/Anxiety Symptoms checklist

• Prolonged sadness, feeling overwhelmed/hopeless,
• Loss of interest in activities, social interaction, pleasure
• Irritability, easily frustrated, angered, quick to tears
• Changes in sleep – insomnia, racing thoughts keeping you awake
• Weight gain or weight loss, loss of appetite, emotional overeating
• Digestive problems – nausea, diarrhea, constipation, vomiting
• Brain fog – Trouble thinking, concentrating and making decisions
• Unexplained aches and pains, headaches, rashes
• Chronic fatigue, lack of energy
• Excessive guilt and feeling worthless, ruminating thoughts

**Join us Thursday, July 27th at 6pm


CALL (303) 882-8447 to reserve your seat or use the form below.

Attendees to this lecture will also be invited to enjoy their first Brain Mapping, 2 Neurofeedback sessions, and a Report Of Findings for just $90! (regular price $750)

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