1- PTSD is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Some causes could be a stressful event such as unexpected death of a loved one, a shocking experience such as domestic abuse, divorce, or witnessing a murder.
Studies show bipolar disorders and can co-occur at the same time as PTSD. Additionally, diabetes Type 2 is found to be co-morbid with PTSD because of poor eating habits, imbalances in blood glucose levels, and depression.
Symptoms that last more than two months can interfere with all relationships and affect our performance at work.
2- Signs of PTSD may include: chronic stress, mood swings, or overwhelming feelings of anxiety, bad dreams, insomnia, loss of interest in socializing, thoughts of suicide, substance abuse, and gastrointestinal disorders. People with PTSD will usually ignore the benefits of exercise and sleep. This means nurturing our inner self is compromised and over-ridden by stress. The bad news is, combined physical stress and phycological stress can lead us into cancer.
3- What can you do? If someone thinks they have PTSD, they need to get the support they need to become well. As with any chronic stress disorders whether it be PTSD or depression we have to examine where the disconnection lies and increase mind/body frequency in order to regain health.
This is where good gut microbiome holds the key.
In my experience, PTSD is all about the gut-brain axis. More often than not, Leaky Gut Syndrome (an impaired and inflamed gut barrier function) can be the root cause in mental instability. Unbeknownst to most, damage to the gut microbiome can occur with alcohol abuse, junk foods, an abundance of prescription medications, and/or substance abuse before PTSD is properly diagnosed.
Studies suggest poor gut microbiome can lead a body into oxidative stress. “Oxidative stress is implicated in several mental disorders including depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.” Facts are, the brain is especially sensitive to oxidative damage (oxidative stress ) and this damage to neurodegeneration. So if our gut microbiome negatively changes with oxidative stress, what is the answer?
Take charge of your health!
Promising interventions for PTSD include antioxidants from whole foods.
Develop good sleeping and exercise habits in order to build good gut microbiome and fight depression.
Enjoy fresh air and sunshine daily.
Avoid drugs that can damage good gut microbiome.
Acupuncture, hypnotherapy, meditation and visualisation are also used to help with PTSD symptoms as alternative modalities to reduce stress.
Connie Rogers is a Certified Health Coach & Brain Health Coach.
Connie believes health and wellness are established with proper nutrition, fitness, and mindfulness. Connie takes a natural and holistic, common sense approach to rebuilding wellbeing from the ground up.