I am not the expert in bi polar disorders that I am when it comes to anxiety and panic disorders. However, I have heard a lot of good things about lithium orotate and if I had to, I would choose this over standard medication. Yet, healing from this disorder, as with any other illness or disorder, must include an overall healthy lifestyle, including a healthy diet (no processed foods, sugar, etc.) and the proper supplements. I will do some research on this and get back to you. Healing from these types of disorders also necessitates emotional healing. The physical and emotional aspects must both be dealt with.
I do not subscribe to the "chemical imbalance" or "mental illness" theory. Disorders such as these fall under the category of "emotional illness". Poor nutrition also plays a very important part. Give the body what it needs and it will heal.
It would be great to find a Doctor of Naturopathy who could guide you through your healing path, encompassing body, mind, and spirit.
I have done some research on supplements that should relieve your condition and start your path toward healing.
A bi polar disorder has two components. The person undergoes manic phases which entail excessively elevated moods, followed by phases of deep and serious depression.
Below is a list of symptoms:
Although, as I mentioned before, it is important to address this condition psychologically, the physical aspect cannot be ignored.
Together with a healthy diet, below is a list of supplements that should help with this condition:
Lithium Orotate: Controls manic symptoms. This is a natural alternative to the normally prescribed lithium carbonate or lithium citrate. This type of lithium releases an orotate ion into the bloodstream and brain instead of a carbonated ion and has the same benefits as the prescription lithium carbonate, reducing the bipolar disorder symptoms. The advantage in taking lithim orotate is that it creates higher blood and brain levels while taking lesser amounts.
Omega 3 Fatty Acids. People with this condition have been found to have a higher amount of Omega 6 fatty acids and a lower amount of Omega 3 fatty acids. Another source is flaxseed or flaxseed oil.
Choline: This is a nutrient that converts into phosphatidylcholine which has shown to be beneficial when addressing bi polar disease, particularly when taking lithium.
Mood Calm: A supplement containing homeopathic ingredients which stabilizes the nervous system and greatly reduces bi polar symptoms.
Below is a specific diet for a bi polar disorder:
Fresh Water Fish: Some good choices are salmon, herring, and mackarel.
Lean Protein: Chicken and turkey.
Carbohydrates: Carbohydrates are an essential energy source for the body. However, one must insure that they are receiving the proper carbohydrates. Unhealthy carbohydrates will only result in too much sugar causing those very mood swings we are trying to prevent. Healthy carbohydrates can be found in fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Examples are: apples, oranges, peaches, grapefruit, carrots, brussel sprouts, beans, and whole wheat bread. Exercise caution when buying products such as bread. Many that say whole wheat are nothing of the sort. Read the ingredients and make sure that it is 100% whole wheat and that it does not contain "enriched" or "bleached" flour.
Avoid alcohol, caffeine, sugar, and refined foods.
SamsSister, I hope this helps. This should give you a great start on your road to healing.
You are most welcome. And let me know how you do.
Luella gave some great info. I would add that Vitamin B12 deficiency has been linked to bipolar disorder and supplementation has proven to be helpful in many instances.
Thanks to Luella's research and information I had previously gathered on ADD, ADHD and other mental disorders, I just posted the following page to the Remedies section of our website:
All the best,