This is a revolutionary program that shows you how to boost your health, energy, and happiness by balancing your brain chemistry. Do you suffer from symptoms of anxiety, depression, chronic pain, overweight, fatigue, inability to focus, addiction, or more? Now there is hope for you. In this groundbreaking guide to feeling your best all the time, two prominent physicians explain how slight imbalances in your brain chemistry can cause a wide variety of health problems– and how you can overcome these problems and regain your health in 28 days.
Drs. Jay Lombard and Christian Renna show how your health and mood are directly connected to the balance of five neurotransmitters in your brain and body, especially dopamine and serotonin. They include a simple questionnaire that you can use to determine whether you have an excess or deficiency of one or more of these neurotransmitters, and they show the effects your imbalance can have on your health. A deficit of dopamine, for instance, may lead to weight gain, diminished sex drive, inability to focus, and addictions, whereas a deficit of serotonin may cause anxiety, depression, and an increased risk of heart disease.
Using breakthrough research along with dramatic case studies of patients who now feel great after following the authors’ program, Balance Your Brain, Balance Your Life provides easy-to-follow strategies for correcting most imbalances through customized 28-day programs of exercise, diet, supplements, and herbs.
In this groundbreaking guide to feeling terrific, you’ ll learn how to: Identify whether you are a warm type, a cool type, or a dual type Select the customized 28-day mind-body plan that’s right for you Conquer symptoms of anxiety, depression, chronic pain, fatigue, and more Lose weight and improve your mood
By following the revolutionary new program in this book, you can make yourself healthier, more energetic, and happier in less than a month.
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The authors' premise is that people who are too warm need more of the cooling neurotransmitter serotonin, while people who are too cool need more dopamine. Deficiencies of either chemical lead to certain personality characteristics and are even affiliated with medical conditions such as heart disease. People who are too warm are often restless and angry, while those who are too cool are often fatigued and anxious. As the authors explain, "When we say mind-body balance what we really mean is brain-body balance." Lombard and Renna provide a test so readers can determine whether they have a warming or cooling tendency, and then they offer tailored 28-day program that include diet, dietary supplements, exercise, sleep and possible medical treatment. Although the authors say that people can have a dual deficiency, trying to fit into the categories may remind readers of trying to match up with an astrological sign. Interesting points are made, but still it will be hard for many to accept that so much of our mental and physical health is due to a neurotransmitter deficit. Additionally, while many of the authors' recommendations appear sound, they don't provide much evidence for their dietary or supplement advice. (Jan.) ("Publishers Weekly, October 27, 2003)