To help end Mental Illness & Chronic Disease.
To accomplish this we have five actionable pillars you can use to start your journey to a healthy life:
Purpose Driven Mindset, Nutrition, Movement, Recovery, & Environment
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A major component of living “MindFull” involves the gut-brain connection (hence “mind” and “full”) you may already be aware of this, but here is some more info to help reinforce why this is so crucial to living a healthy life.
Heal The Gut, Prevent Disease
The Gut-Brain Axis
It is becoming increasingly evident that bidirectional signalling exists between the gastrointestinal tract and the brain, often involving the gut microbiota. This relationship, commonly dubbed the gut–brain axis (or the microbiota–gut–brain axis), involves various afferent and efferent pathways such as the vagus nerve and the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal pathway to regulate aspects of homeostasis such as satiety and hunger, and inflammation. Disruption of the gut–brain axis has been shown to be involved in the pathogenesis of a diverse range of diseases, including Parkinson disease and irritable bowel syndrome. This emerging area of research is evolving quickly.
The gut-brain axis (GBA) consists of bidirectional communication between the central and the enteric nervous system, linking emotional and cognitive centers of the brain with peripheral intestinal functions. Recent advances in research have described the importance of gut microbiota in influencing these interactions. This interaction between microbiota and GBA appears to be bidirectional, namely through signaling from gut-microbiota to brain and from brain to gut-microbiota by means of neural, endocrine, immune, and humoral links… In clinical practice, evidence of microbiota-GBA interactions comes from the association of dysbiosis with central nervous disorders (i.e. autism, anxiety-depressive behaviors) and functional gastrointestinal disorders.
HOW IT AFFECTS US
We are more bacteria than we are human. Bacteria living in our digestive tract play a significant role in our overall health. Here are just some of the physical and mental health conditions that have been linked to imbalances in gut flora.
More than a third of depression sufferers have “leaky gut,” or permeability of the gut lining that allows bacterium to seep out into the bloodstream.
Obesity & Diabetes
A number of studies have linked instability in the gut microbiome to obesity and obesity-related health problems.
Prebiotics can have anti-anxiety and antidepressant effects. Consuming beneficial bacteria can also positively change the way the brain responds to the environment.
Autism often co-occurs with gastrointestinal issues like leaky gut or irritable bowel syndrome.
Sugar-loving microbes in the gut – along with the carbs that feed them – can fuel colon cancer. High carb-diets may even be contributing to the rise of colon cancer.
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A mental illness is a condition that affects a person’s thinking, feeling or mood. Such conditions may affect someone’s ability to relate to others and function each day. Each person will have different experiences, even people with the same diagnosis.
Types of Mental Illness
ADHD, Anxiety Disorders, Bipolar Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, Depression, Dissociative Disorders, Early Psychosis and Psychosis, Eating Disorders, Obsessive-compulsive Disorder, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Schizoaffective Disorder, Schizophrenia.
There is a large degree of variation within professional communities of the term chronic disease. We advocate for a simpler approach where “chronic” is defined as something that is “continuing or occurring again and again for a long time.”
Types of Chronic Disease
Obesity, Heart Disease, Stroke, Cancer, Diabetes, Arthritis, Alzheimer’s Disease, Dementia, Multiple Sclerosis, Chronic Respiratory Diseases, and more…
The Five Pillars of MindFull
Actionable pillars to optimize your health & your life
1. Purpose Driven Mindset
You must live and breathe your purpose to allow for the mindset you need to follow.
Food is medicine. Be careful of “frankenfood” (imitation food) and eat organic always. When you eat is just as important as what you eat, fasting has many benefits including regenerating your mitochondria.
It turns out that when we are sedentary (i.e. sitting or lying down) our bodies enter into a metabolically dysfunctional state, so we need to move.
Not sleeping enough, or sleeping well enough, can lead to inflammation, lack of energy, brain fog, and inhibit creativity, memory, and cellular regeneration.
How you were born & raised. Where you currently live, work, and play. All of these are external environmental factors that affect your health.
To Start Your Journey
You must put away the misconceptions that your health destiny is written in your genes. Take control of your health by changing your lifestyle with proper nutrition which regulates your gene expression to optimize your health.
Whether you’re focused on mental health or chronic disease, the first step is to take care of chronic low grade inflammation through an anti-inflammatory diet. “When inflammation persists or serves no purpose, deep inside the body and through systemic pathways, it causes illness.” – Perlmutter, David. Brain Maker: The Power of Gut Microbes to Heal and Protect Your Brain for Life.
You only have to try the diet for 2 weeks minimum before you start noticing significant changes. If you don’t notice any changes within that time, then you should move on to testing which is covered in greater detail in step 2.
It is not the intention of MindFull to provide specific medical advice, but rather to provide users with information to better understand their health. Consult with a qualified health care provider for diagnosis, treatment, and answers to your personal questions.