Fish Oil For Bipolar — The Miracle Oil Your Brain NEEDS To Know About
According to the psychiatric community, I have bipolar 1 with ultra rapid cycling, but I don’t take pharma meds. What I do instead is, take responsibility for my own shit by concentrating on my sleep, food, diet and fish oil.
It hard enough for most people to get their life in order according to what is good and useful. When you add in a chemical imbalance in the brain, the challenge is a little greater, but it’s certainly doable. I’m proof. I have many years of working out my stuff under my belt. and i’m pretty together these days, especially when compared to my younger years. Out of control, thinking everyone ELSE was the problem, doesn’t help in any way to get better in the head. It was only once I seized onto the idea that hey, I might just be causing a lot of my own shit, that life started settling down for me.
I tried a few different pharmaceutical drug cocktails before I thought ‘Now hang on, this totally sucks and what if I NEVER find the right combo of drugs to meet someone else’s definition of normal?’
My Way Isn’t For Everyone
Not being on pharma meds is definitely NOT for everyone. Being an advocate for natural living, I don’t know that I’d ever recommend going the pharma route for anyone? I’m sorry if this offends, but, I see putting pills down my throat as a non effective, lazy and a cop out. I think also, that it’s quite enabling of the non self responsibility.
It’s just about the easiest thing in the world to make a doctors appointment once a week, throwing pills down your throat all the while. To me, that looks a lot like sloughing off one’s responsibility to be the best version of yourself that you can be. Pills don’t change anything about the root cause of the problem, can make you very sick, and, psychiatry is based on you coming up with your own answers.
This is a disorder of chemical imbalance, so, let’s get a little logical about that idea and think about it for a minute. To effect a change in chemical balance, you add or subtract something from the equation, right? Therefore, your body being the chemical soup that it is, will also be affected by a change in it’s chemistry. All you need to do is hunt down the source of the missing vitamins, minerals, enzymes and molecules and put them back in. In a certified organic way, of course.
What’s harder to deal with is the root cause/s of why you’re so sick. I’m referring to your emotional health. Emotions have long been known to affect the body. I’ve known inherently for a long time that ‘bad thinking’ will give you cancer. It’s nice to know that the science bears me out on this.
How I Do My Best To Maintain Balance
So, f*ck pharma for me, but I have to work hard at maintaining my whole life. This is something I think we should ALL do, not just those of us that have a problem to correct.
Because I choose the non pills way, that means I MUST look after my body and life especially well. To be able to not only exist, but live and thrive with bp and no meds, I MUST get 4 things right MOST of the time; sleep, exercise, diet and fish oil.
I am naturally a night owl, but to get proper sleep I force myself to go to bed at 10.30/11pm every night except about once a week. I do love to stay up!
Exercise I get in the form of yoga of about 30 min every second day. Or yogahh as I like to call it. It’s just that delicious!
My diet is slowly getting better, forcing myself to eat at least one piece of fruit per day, and I love eating my own organic veges so that makes it easier to get the nutrients I need.
And, tah dah…FISH OIL! This is a WONDER stuff! When I’m talking about fish oil, I’m referring to the EPA (Eicosapentaenoic Acid) and DHA (Docosahexaenoic Acid) levels of an organic fish oil. The oil you choose should have a very specific levels of EPA and DHA.
The recommended dose is for 5mL daily, which is about a teaspoon’s worth.
You should be aiming for an equivalent of 500mg EPA and 800mg of DHA daily.
If you really don’t want fish oil then you can get your EPA and DHA from flaxseed, chia seeds, tofu, walnuts, linseed and pumpkin seeds. However, before the body can uptake the EPA and DHA, it gets converted from alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) Bear in mind that getting your omega-3’s this way requires a bigger intake to achieve the same therapeutic benefits as from fish oil.
BIG HINT: Have a hot drink to wash it down with. NEVER use a cold drink!
I first started taking 5ml of liquid fish oil daily approx 5 years ago. Yes, I do mean the “liquid” form. It’s pretty wrong-feeling in the mouth, but…
Within the first 5 minutes (I kid you NOT!) I was saying “Is this how balanced most people feel, most of the time?” This effect continues in the same way, even all these years later. Fish oil has removed the ‘sobbing-all-day-for-no-reason’ days and you can feel the cognitive effect nearly immediately.
Thank goodness! It also seems to have taken the edge off the anger in the manic phases too. When I’m manic I don’t seem to be as aggressive and ‘on edge’ I am even waking up less cranky and more able to deal with annoyances first thing in the morning. Yip yar for others! (ahem)
I think the fact that the downward swing is reduced with the depression, means that I don’t have as far back to swing to mania, so even the mania is less severe while I’m taking fish oil.
Please, bp’ers that aren’t on meds, get yourself on fish oil TODAY! It’s cheap and life changing-ly worth it!
Do It, Do It Now!
The only other thing I have to say is DO IT, DO IT, DO IT because it’s a BIPOLAR LIFE CHANGER!
Fish oil will also help you with; relieving arthritis symptoms, supporting healthy cognitive function, keeping triglyceride levels within the normal range, and supporting the body to maintain a normal LDL:HDA cholesterol ratio.
Remember to always choose a certified organic product to get the purest product as you can.
p.s. I was first recommended fish oil by a pdoc, who also put me on a script for pharma meds at the same time. So, I THINK you can still use the fish oil while on meds. I would check with your pdoc first to be sure.
If you’re interested in living a more natural life, come on over because I’ve got you covered!
http://www.forbes.com/sites/daviddisalvo/2012/09/16/does-fish-oil-really-improve-mental-health/ — (interesting figures on the incidences of bipolar in Japan compared to the US)
http://dominicspoweryoga.com/tag/fish-oil/ — (even yoga people are recommending it)
http://www.ehealthme.com/drug_interactions_side_effects/Adderall-XR-25mg-3109001 — (a study on a patient taking multiple pharma meds and fish oil)