Many over-the-counter and prescription medications have brain-related side effects, ranging from depression, and anxiety to psychosis and suicidal thoughts. Check with your pharmacist and always read the leaflet in the box!
Systemic yeast overgrowth (Candidiasis) –can lead to lethargy, sudden mood swings, headaches, depression, anxiety, lack of concentration, and extreme fatigue.
Allergies and intolerance such as to lactose and gluten – Lactose intolerance often causes a build up of mucus in the brain: if you get a headache after eating cheese, this will affect you. Gluten intolerance also impairs brain function although usually less quickly, by way of constipation.
Leaky gut syndrome – When the gut becomes more permeable, larger particles escape into the bloodstream and may pass the blood brain barrier, causing a wide variety of mental symptoms such as mood disturbance, depression, anxiety, fatigue, lack of concentration and focus, and short-term memory loss.
Conditions such as fibromyalgia and multiple sclerosis (MS) – Fibromyalgia and MS both trigger nervous system disturbances which massively malign brain function, interrupting brain patterns. These conditions can trigger overwhelming fatigue, severe pain, depression, and anxiety.
Chronic viral infections can invade the brain and can severely disrupt functionality, focus and mood: These include hepatitis, cytomegalovirus Epstein-Barr and many others.
None of us live in isolation within our bodies. Bacteria and parasitic organisms reach the brain – tapeworm, in particular, invades the brain and in more than 65% of cases, causes symptoms of acute mental illness such as depression and psychosis. Parasitic infections outside of the brain can also produce mental health symptoms – these include trichinosis, giardia, Lyme Disease and ascaris psychosis.
Heavy metals: aluminum, arsenic, cadmium, lead, and mercury can build up in brain tissue to varying degrees. The symptoms range from brain fog and procrastination to heavy debilitation. Sensitivity to heavy metals varies. People with chronic conditions often cannot rid their bodies or brains of heavy metals efficiently.