Why would I write an article about mental health in business? We think about our bodies – well some of us do! We try to eat healthily, we do the required amount of exercise to keep healthy, drink plenty etc. We assume that this is enough to keep us where we want to be – in peak fitness to run a successful business with all the energy and commitment that entails. BUT IS IT?
What is it? What does it mean? We hear so many terms surrounding the words that there is confusion for a lot of people. Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Bi-Polar, Depression, Schizophrenia, Anxiety etc – there are a lot of names out there!
The World Health Organisation defines mental health as “a state of well-being in which the individual realises his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community”. It was previously stated that there was no one “official” definition of mental health. Cultural differences, subjective assessments, and competing professional theories all affect how “mental health” is defined.
So there you have it – being ‘normal’ is what counts! So how can you ensure that you keep your mental health in business for as long as you want? How can you stay at peak condition mentally to ensure that you can run that business optimally?
Diet And Mental Health
You feel that you may be eating healthily but there are hidden factors out there that can seriously affect what is happening in your brain. Your control centre. The worst that springs to mind is the side-effect of Aspartame or Acesulfame K. We avoid sugar as we know that it is not good for us (more on that in another post) but synapse xt the sugar-free products that we replace it with have these chemicals in them instead. It actually contains 3 chemical compounds – all of which are seriously toxic to the human body – aspartic acid, phenylalanine and methanol (wood alcohol).
So what are the effects of Aspartame? Horribly, there are an awful lot of them as the process of exchange within the body leads to the release of even more chemicals such as formaldehyde:
headaches/migraines, dizziness, seizures, nausea, numbness, muscle spasms, depression, fatigue, increased heart rate, insomnia, vision problems, anxiety attacks, slurred speech, tinnitus, vertigo and memory loss – the last being one of the most common starting symptoms of Aspartame toxicity.
It can trigger or worsen the following:
brain tumours, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, mental retardation.
It causes chronic neurological disorders by acting as a neuro transmitter in the brain and too much of it ‘excites’ (kills) certain neurons by allowing too much calcium to enter the cells. The neural cells are stimulated to death.
A simplified version of what happens or can happen – the research is out there – if you value your health then avoid this chemical!
Sounds strange doesn’t it? How can water affect our brain and thereby our mental health? We know that drinking water is important but most people do not take nearly enough into their diets. They load themselves with dehydrating liquids such as tea, coffee and alcohol and assume that all liquids are equal! They Are Not!! If you look at our planet you see that it is 80% water – as our mother we follow suit and our bodies are also 80% water. If this level is allowed to drop then we experience symptoms which are wide-ranging from physical joint and muscle pains to headaches and vision problems. The brain has to be kept hydrated to work properly!