Lithium is actually an essential trace mineral. Every body needs it to function properly. The
mineral has many functions and a complete discussion is beyond the scope of this article. For our purposes here, lithium controls the set point of stimulation a nerve needs before it
“ﬁres” (neuronal cell membrane depolarization threshold -whew!). With too little lithium in your
system, you will feel constantly overstimulated and your ANS will be sympathetic dominant.
Lithium deﬁciency is extremely common due to soil depletion and food reﬁning. Some people
seem to be very sensitive to this deﬁciency due to genetic predisposition.
People affected by this
deﬁciency experience agitation and anxiety and their minds race. Often their minds will race
while they lay awake at night. Fear of crowds and busy, crowded places is common as is what I
call the “Walmart syndrome,” where people feel overwhelmed by the complex auditory and
visual stimulation found in many stores.
Supplementing the correct and natural form of lithium resolves this type of depression fairly
quickly and this nutritional form of lithium is not related to lithium carbonate, the prescription
form of lithium used to treat people with bipolar disorder (manic depression).
The form of lithium I use in practice is LI-zyme forte (BRC). I will typically recommend 1-2
tablets 2-3 times a day for a couple of weeks and then bring the dosage down to 1-2 tabs at night.Taking the lithium at night helps lower cortisol levels at night so that sleep quality improves and your body is in a naturally anabolic (repairing and regenerative) state during the night and early morning.
Typically, you will feel tired when ﬁrst taking lithium. This is not a bad sign. It is actually a
positive response and indicates that your ANS has switched to a parasympathetic predominant
state and the underlying fatigue and depletion resulting from being in a chronic sympathetic
predominant state will become apparent.
Welcome this fatigue, if you experience it! After a few days to even a couple of weeks in very
severe cases of exhaustion, your energy will build and be much deeper and natural.
You will will have a very strong, enduring and relaxed energy that will be different than the
nervous and over-stimulated kind of energy you probably had before