VITALITY AND BRAIN HEALTH
by Dr. Lawrence Wilson
© July 2012, L.D. Wilson Consultants, Inc.
All information in this article is for educational purposes only. It is not for the diagnosis, treatment, prescription or cure of any disease or health condition.
Increasing a person’s vitality or adaptive energy level is a great key to improving one’s brain and mental health. The brain uses up a lot of energy, and requires many nutrients for its functioning. In addition, it is part of the body, so if the body is tired, “burned out”, imbalanced or otherwise not producing enough energy, it severely affects brain functioning.
This short article is adapted from Chapter 36 of Nutritional Balancing And Hair Mineral Analysis (2010 and 2014 editions) by this author. It is just a list of the reasons why good vitality appears to be so important for brain functioning.
1. High vitality is required for adequate mental activity. This is the most critical aspect, and why nutritional balancing encourages more rest and sleep, including going to bed by 9 PM every night or even earlier if one is tired.
2. The body will suppress or block feelings, memories, perceptions and other mental activity if adaptive energy is too low. Autism, depression and perhaps other mental conditions could be, at least in part, methods of partial withdrawal due to an impaired level of energy.
3. Energy is even required to feel feelings. This means that as energy declines, a person simply cannot feel and process their experiences nearly as well.
4. Healing old emotional traumas requires very high energy or vitality in some cases. This can explain why many cannot heal their traumas even with help from counselors and others.
5. Depression, emotional withdrawal and even suicide can be ways a person may decide to cope with very low energy. This is a very important concept regarding the nature and treatment of depression and suicidal tendencies. Most often, the energetic component of these disorders is overlooked, at times with disastrous consequences.
6. Decision-making is often unconsciously based on conserving adaptive energy.
7. Enhancing adaptive energy alone, using nutritional balancing, often causes emotional retracing. Long-forgotten traumas, memories, feelings, perception and beliefs may suddenly arise, seemingly out of nowhere. One may be shocked at the thoughts and feelings that lie dormant within, as they are brought up for review and release. The only trigger needed, at times, is an increase in one’s vitality.
8. Low vitality alone could cause a brittle or unstable personality. For example, such a person may develop anxiety attacks or major depression from a seemingly minor shock such as a squabble at work or a pet becoming ill. The person seemed stable, but was ‘running on empty’. This is common today, due, in part, to low-quality foods in the diet, insufficient rest and other types of internal and external stress factors.
9. A person’s vitality level very often determines his or her overall outlook on life. For example, high vitality is associated with greater self-confidence and a more positive outlook on life. It is also associated with a greater ability to achieve results, take risks, reach out to others, learn new skills, and more.
10. Increasing adaptive energy with nutritional balancing therapy will enhance the effectiveness of most other medical and psychological interventions.
11. The vitality level often influences a person’s control strategy. Fast oxidizers with higher energy often control overtly with threats, intimidation or a physical show of force. Slow oxidizers or anyone with low energy tend to control through seduction, spoiling, enabling, false ‘going along’, secretive plotting and other methods that do not require as much vitality.
12. Identity is, in part, determined in many people by the adaptive energy level or one’s vitality level during the formative childhood years. For example, if a person was sickly and often tired as a child, he or she may grow up believing that “this is just who I am”. One can build an entire identity around traits such as fatigue, mental confusion, or believing one is stupid. In fact, it was just an energy problem that occurred during the formative years.
13. Once formed, an identity based upon energetic imbalances may be hard to change. This is one reason to work with children as close to birth as possible so they grow up free of false perceptions about themselves and instead grow up centered, alert and mentally healthy.
14. Excellent vitality is also needed for mental development or mental enhancement. This is an exciting topic discussed in a number of articles on this website. You can find them at this link: Development.