After sharing Dr. Rodier’s generous offer of $50 off a 1 hour health consultation to Cell Nutritionals members (which is still available by the way), many people have been inspired to share their experience with us. One member, Jennifer*, contributed her story about how Dr. Rodier helped her bounce back from a holiday slump.
As a savvy shopper (like all our members) Jennifer puts only the best things in her body. She eats a primarily plant based diet, eats gluten free, drinks lots of water, avoids alcohol, loves to do yoga, and maintains an active social life. A life coach at the top of her field, Jennifer could go non-stop for months, travelling for exciting seminars, meeting with clients, visiting friends in San Francisco, Europe, Salt Lake, Miami, New York and anywhere else life may take her. But over the holidays, Jennifer fell into a funk. She started to feel tired and stressed out. She withdrew inward away from her friends and family. She started turning to food and coffee to power through the day.
Not one to depend on an artificial boost, Jennifer went to Dr. Rodier for guidance. Having dealt with these periodic slumps throughout her adult life, she has explored many other solutions like diet, exercise, meditation, and supplements, but the down periods kept returning. Dr. Rodier’s suggestion surprised her.
Jennifer researched lithium as an antidepressant medication and wondered if that might create the potential for unwanted side effects, like: dependency, increased depressive cycles, mania, hypertension, renal failure, and worst of all, suicidal thoughts. Jennifer expressed her concerns to Dr. Rodier.
“Is lithium safe?”
Dr. Rodier listened patiently, “Lithium Orotate is actually not an antidepressant, it’s a well known mineral. It’s one of the most studied over the counter supplements available, with over 40 years of published research. It’s most commonly used to manage bipolar disorder. It’s effectiveness is exactly why it was turned into a pharmaceutical. No other supplement, or even antidepressant ,has demonstrated superior results for managing long-term mood stability. In fact,” he said, “It’s so safe, it used to be an ingredient in 7-Up.”
So Jennifer tried Lithium and immediately experienced an improvement in her moods and energy levels. Now she’s back to enjoying her usual busy social life without dependency on artificial boosts from food and coffee.
Dr. Rodier’s Recommendations for Balancing Mood and Energy
Dr. Rodier first recommends eating a healthy plant-based diet. He finds that this simple step often helps tremendously to balance mood and energy fluctuations.
He then recommends developing a meditation practice to calm stress and correct abdominal breathing. Emotions can get stored in the body when we’re tense from stress, turning into sour moods, fear, and anxiety. Efficient breathing techniques, like those practiced in meditation, help to release tension, anxiety, and pent up emotions, and create a sense of calm and focus.
Dr. Rodier’s Recommended Supplements:
In his book, Switching Off Chronic Disease, Dr. Rodier writes, “it’s important to review the brain-gut connection, as many … [mood concerns] … may start in the gut.” In fact, mood and energy fluctuations often point to Cellular TOIL.
To restore balance to the brain-gut connection Dr. Rodier recommends the following supplements to repair neurotransmitters that may have been damaged, leaving cells drained of vital energy and sending out distress signals that we interpret as bummer emotions.
Dr. Rodier recommends experimenting with just 3 supplements at a time to isolate what works for each individual and keep the regimen simple.
- B vitamins – are involved in nearly every cell and chemical reaction in the body. Yet they can get easily depleted under stressful conditions. Supplementation helps restore abundance of these essential vitamins that help to:
- Promote healthy blood sugar levels preventing the onset of the dreaded mid-afternoon energy slump.
- Work with sulfur and other trace minerals to support cell detoxification and reduce cellular TOIL.
- Reduce homocysteine buildup, which can be toxic to the cardiovascular system.
- Support synthesis of neurotransmitters like serotonin (the “happy neurotransmitter”).
- Omega 3 fatty acids – think fish, flaxseeds, and avocado.
- One study tested the connection between healthy blood lipid levels and positive moods. They induced epressive-like states on rats, and noticed a corresponding decrease in blood lipid levels.
- They found that supplementing the test rats’ diets with fish oil was found to restore the lowered lipid levels!
- Vitamin D – Higher levels of vitamin D3 intake are associated with better cognition and also better moods, especially during winter when levels of sunlight are lower.
- 5-HTP – converts to serotonin and readily crosses the blood brain barrier. It also strengthens neural receptors. One study found that positive moods were correlated with a stronger connection between 5-HTP and other receptors.
- GABA – This quasi-amino acid becomes dopamine in the brain and has a relaxing effect.
- Tryptophan – promotes the production of the calming neurotransmitter in the brain and gut.
- DHEA – is an adrenal hormone that is a precursor to testosterone, which is important for both genders. Testosterone:
- Signals the body to make new blood cells.
- Enhances the libido for both genders.
- Low levels of testosterone can cause mood disturbances.
- Lithium Orotate – is a naturally occurring mineral from the earth that is found in all organs and tissues but is most concentrated in the brain and kidneys. In Switching Off Chronic Disease, Dr. Rodier explains that lithium orotate:
- Penetrates cells far more effectively than in the pharmaceutical form.
- Helps to rejuvenate grey matter in the brain as readily passes the blood brain barrier.
- Is the most bioavailable form of lithium.
If you or someone you know struggles with challenges similar to Jennifer’s – know that you and they are loved and not alone. According to the World Health Organization, an estimated 350 million people around the world have their lives impacted by undesired moods. Reach out to a friend, family, or healthcare professional for support. Many people recover from short and long-term mood slumps, whether moderate or severe. There is always hope, only the fearful voice from negative emotions says otherwise, and that voice grows less and less powerful as we allow ourselves to ask for and receive support from others.
*Name has been changed by member request