Mind What You Eat
Have you noticed there is a shift happening in the traditional world of medicine, as the side effects of ‘blockbuster drugs’ are outweighing the benefits and new drugs are just not meeting the ‘needs’ of the patients (don’t get us wrong there is definitely a place for medications when urgently and acutely required, but these medications are not addressing the chronic issues).
Until the body is seen as a WHOLE (mind-body and soul), these drugs will always be a temporary band-aid with a plethora of side effects.
Mental health is ‘sucking’ the NHS system dry in the UK, yet we still seem to be putting band aids on the symptoms. Symptoms are our body’s cry for help, not to be ignored or suppressed.
A while back there was a book out called ‘Potatoes Not Prozac’ by Dr. Kathleen Desmasions PhD. She put this book together to address the issues with blood sugar imbalances and depression at a time when prescribing Prozac was the trend as a new class of anti-depressants had just been discovered known as Specific Serotonin Re-uptake Inhibitors (SSRIs for short).
Did you know that medications such as Prozac which belongs to the SSRI group of anti-depressants has side effects that out weigh the benefits in most individuals?
The SSRIs were then followed on by the SNRIs (the Serotonin, Noradrenaline Re-uptake inhibitors) however, these medications do not increase your body’s overall serotonin of noradrenaline? They just block the re-uptake of the serotonin and noradrenaline that you already have. ‘So?’ You maybe thinking.
Well, if the issue is that if depression is due to the lack of serotonin and/or noradrenaline, would it not make more sense to support the body to make more rather than just ‘concentrating’ the little we have in parts of the neuronal junctions called synapses? It just seems a bit ‘narrow minded’.
HOW CAN WE DO THIS?
Serotonin actually is made from an amino acid called TRYPTOPHAN and this amino acid is available in protein foods such as eggs, red meat, poultry, sea food, nuts and seeds and legumes. It really is that simple, try and eat more of these tryptophan containing foods and you may see a difference in your mood.
Guess what? Nordarenaline is actually made from an amino acid called TYROSINE and tyrosine is found in foods such as meat, poultry, legumes, whole grains, nuts and seeds.
So if you feel low, or even struggle through the winter season with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) then try these specific amino acid rich foods and see how you feel.
Please note If you are on medication for depression it is always advisable to consult with your doctor before making any changes.
If you want to get to the core of what the symptoms are communicating with you, it is well worth looking into homeopathy. Homeopathy is what we call a form designer medicine well ahead of the times. Homeopathy matches YOU and your personality, likes, dislikes, feelings, sensations, traits to specific homeopathic remedies. There are numerous homeopathic remedies for depression from aurum metallicum, natrum muriaticum, anacardium, natrum sulphuricum, ignatia, kali phos etc.
The homeopathic remedy will do what is necessary to bring the WHOLE body into balance. So if it needs to
- raise the serotonin/noradrenaline receptors
- increase the affinity of the receptors
- remove any inhibitory chemicals such as toxins
- enhance the production of serotonin/noradrenaline
- harmonise the balance between all the various brain neurotransmitters such as GABA, glutamate, dopamine etc
HOMEOPATHY WILL DO THAT.
The magic is in having the solid nutritional foundation ensures that homeopathy reaches parts where it may not if there was a lack in say some of the key B vitamins. Certain B vitamins are important in the synthesis of these neurotransmitters or the liver is struggling with methylation pathway.
So in essence combining the two therapies; nutrition and homeopathy just reaps more benefits than either alone.
Khush and Gordon