In Western medicine, we’re made of a dense physical body which can be serviced like a car. It’s maintained in good condition by prevention, treatment and cure in the form of medication, care and surgery.
Research has looked closely at the two ways the mental health profession treats depression: depression counselling and drugs. While evidence suggests that drugs have a more immediate impact, counselling is more effective over the long term. Also, drugs have side effects that may be worse than the condition they are meant to treat.
Our body is kept in balance by our sympathetic nervous system, which facilitates action, and our parasympathetic nervous system, which facilitates rest and recovery. During stress, we experience pressures that outweigh our coping abilities. As a result, our body senses danger and activates our sympathetic nervous system. This can occur even without our awareness of the stressors.
You depend on the bacteria in your gut to keep you healthy. These help you digest food and protect you from illnesses that might otherwise pass from your gastrointestinal tract into your bloodstream. So keeping your gut healthy is vital to overall health. What are the signs that you have an unhealthy gut?