Positive Mindset and Nutritional Imbalances: Are They Connected?

A decision to make a behavioral change in your life is a powerful step in transforming your health. Part of that decision is having a positive mindset that you can do this, even though it will be hard.

Everything in your life affects everything else so you must be aware of what you’re thinking – both positively and negatively. It is said that about 90% of our thoughts are repetitive, so if you find yourself constantly thinking negative, depressing thoughts you need to become aware of this so you can change it. In order to begin controlling and changing the negative thought processes, you must become present in the moment. Without presence, you won’t even be aware of your thoughts, and that can slow down your progress without you even realizing it.

Biochemical & Nutritional Factors That Contribute To Positive Thinking

There are many factors that play a significant role in positive thinking. Certainly one’s attitudes, lifestyle, activity level and whether or not you are getting adequate rest cannot be ignored. However, often there are biochemical and/or nutritional factors that contribute to positive thinking or take away from it that are overlooked by many. Nutritional balancing is extremely helpful to identify the biochemical imbalances that may be causing negative thinking and can help people to regain a positive attitude about life and to enjoy their lives to the fullest.

High cellular energy production

This requires a balanced body chemistry, plenty of rest and sleep, and a healthful lifestyle in most cases. Negative thoughts can arise when energy is low. Our bodies can be viewed as energy converters. We take in food, which is a storage form of solar energy. We digest the food and finally convert it to ATP or adenosine triphosphate. This is the form in which energy is used in the body. We then use the converted solar energy for all our activities.

People with abundant energy are generally positive thinkers, so any blockage or reduction in the efficiency of energy conversion will cause fatigue and the likelihood of negative thought patterns. Tuning up the body system involves ridding the body of toxic metals, which are like replacement part in a car. These must then be replaced with the correct parts – the physiological or vital minerals and other nutrients in the energy cycles within the body cells.

Balanced blood sugar

An even and sufficient level of blood sugar can contribute to a positive outlook instead of living on a blood sugar rollercoaster. An important aspect of the energy system involves glucose tolerance. Fuel, in the form of glucose, must reach the cells and be burned in a controlled, even manner for a person to have high energy levels. Otherwise energy levels fluctuate, and often one experiences moods swings and even panic attacks or anxiety when energy levels drop suddenly.

Several minerals, including manganese, zinc and chromium are heavily involved in normalizing glucose tolerance so that high energy levels can be maintained. Eating sweets is one of the best ways to upset the glucose tolerance system in the body. It is like fueling a fire with paper, which burns very quickly and doesn’t provide lasting energy. Cravings for sweets are a sign the glucose system isn’t functioning correctly.

Balanced hormones

There are many examples of this. For instance, the adrenal glands secrete cortisol, which has a mood-enhancing effect. This is one reason people with adrenal exhaustion often are depressed and negative. Female hormones also influence one’s thinking. Some women may become depressed and irritable before her period, yet when she has her period, it is like a cloud has lifted and she is fine. Weak adrenals and copper toxicity are involved in causing these severe symptoms.

Food intake

Eating adequate protein nourishes the adrenal and thyroid glands, which, in turn, cause a mood-enhancing effect in most people. In others, eating carbohydrates stimulates the production of serotonin, which can have a calming effect on moods. This is one reason many people are addicted to sugars and complex carbohydrates or starches. Unfortunately, eating too many carbohydrates and sugars eventually depletes many nutrients and results in unbalanced body chemistry.

Dairy products, with their relatively high content of calcium,tryptophan, and fat, having a calming effect that can cause depression if eaten in excess. Some people can become almost non-functional when they eat certain foods and chemical additives. Foods or other chemicals to which one is sensitive can cause the release of histamine in the brain, which can have mood-altering effects.

Individual mineral levels in the body

These can have surprisingly powerful effects on the brain that influence one’s energy and thought processes. Toxic metals, for example, are definitely associated with more criminality, negativity, and violence. Research in mineral analysis has provided surprising information about the relationship between individual minerals and our state of mind:

  • Iron poisoning can cause feelings of anger and hostility. Iron settles in the amygdala, an area of the brain associated with hostility. On the other hand, low tissue levels of iron are a cause of fears and weakness.
  • Copper toxicity is associated with fears, anxiety, spaciness, violent behavior and mood swings. Very high levels of copper cause one type of schizophrenia.
  • Zinc deficiency is associated with mood swings, emotional instability and behavior problems in children.
  • High calcium and magnesium in the soft tissue cause apathy, withdrawal, lethargy, and depression. Low levels of tissue calcium and magnesium are associated with irritability, aggressiveness and hyperactive behavior in children.
  • Lead and cadmium toxicity are associated with hyperactivity in children and violence in adults.
  • Mercury toxicity is associated with memory loss and mental confusion. (Beware of aluminum cans, cookware, antiperspirants and antacids that are high in aluminum).
  • Sodium is called the volatility element. Too much in the tissues is associated with anxiety and excessive emotions, while too little is associated with fatigue and lethargy.

Imbalances in these critical elements are very common, even in those who eat a quality diet.

Oxidation rate

This influences the energy level and many other aspects of positive thinking. Mild fast oxidation is associated with a forward-looking, upbeat and positive personality, in general. Mild slow oxidation can also be a state of positiveness although usually one’s energy levels are usually much lower. In contrast, very fast or very slow oxidation is associated with a more unbalanced and less positive personality. Very fast oxidizers tend to be irritable, upset much of the time, nervous and even paranoid at times. Very slow oxidizers tend more toward depression, apathy, and even despair.

A hair mineral test can identify these imbalances quite easily in many cases. It can also help me guide you through what diet, lifestyle and supplementary nutrients you need, along with a detoxification program for correction and balancing.

If you’re not on a Nutritional Balancing Program already, is it time to start? Correcting your biochemical imbalances is so important to your overall health and happiness, allowing you to live your healthiest life!

Disclaimer: The information contained herein is not to be construed as medical advice and is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any medical condition. These statements made have not been approved by the FDA, nor should they be taken as a substitute for medical advice from a licensed physician.

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