In this 21st century, we’ve become a nation of addicts. Addicted to food, addicted to alcohol, addicted to sex, addicted to idleness, and most dangerous of all – addicted to drugs!
Drugs are causing chaos in humanity today, we condemn drugs in the dance and party scene but its perfectly acceptable to take Prozac and other legal drugs? Yet both are causing the same amount of harm, in relationships, affecting work and productivity, in social circles, some causing aggression and violent outbursts. Yet we accept Prozac and deem it acceptable because it’s legal, yet we condemn the other because the youths are having too much fun when they take them!! It’s double standards and prejudice when you look at it objectively.
I do understand how a short course of anti-depressants can help with depression, but dependency on them, over a long period of time isn’t healthy and your not doing yourself any favours. You do need to take some responsibility with your health and eventually you will have to rip off the band aid to find the source of WHY you were depressed in the first place.
A road traffic accident survivor has to put in the ‘physical therapy’ work to heal their body after breaks and fractures, so the same concept applies to depression. You have to help yourself and seek the necessary ‘mental health therapy support’ to overcome the cause of why.
More than 100,000 chemical reactions go on in your brain every second! This is through visual distractions and how we feel underneath the distractions, but mostly, the chemicals in the brain are affected by the medications we take, our lifestyle choices and the food we consume!!
It’s that vagus nerve again number – nerve 10!
The brain is a complicated organ and a powerful machine. Think of it this way, with the brain as a car battery transmitter, it sends out measurable electrical wave signals from one place to another in milliseconds. And the brain’s jobs is to be your own chemist sorting through all the different chemicals bombarding the brain in one day. Because the brain produces more than 50 identified active drugs, some of these are associated with memory, others with intelligence, others are sedatives. It all comes from the food we eat and the things that occupy our attention in our mind!
The brain cells literally talk to one another.
Endorphin is the brain’s natural painkiller, and it is 3 times more potent than morphine. Scientific research over the last several decades has led to the revolutionary discovery of opiate-like chemicals in the body that associate with opiate specific receptors in the brain and spinal cord, including Serotonin, a hormone manufactured by your brain.
Serotonin is a neurotransmitter, involved in the transmission of nerve impulses.
The neurotransmitters are dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine. At the neurochemical and physiological level, neurotransmitters are extremely important, since they carry impulses between nerve cells. The substance that processes the neurotransmitter called serotonin is the amino acid tryptophan. Certain aminos cause you to have better feelings of well being andd help keep our moods under control by helping with sleep, calming anxiety, and relieving depression.
You are what you eat!! These amino acids can all be found in food.
The brain also makes Dopamine, which makes people more talkative and excitable. (I have bucket loads of this one, I can talk for England) It affects brain processes that control movement, emotional response, and ability to experience pleasure and pain. All of these chemicals are natural chemicals that affect our bodily processes. Besides being involved in the process of addiction, low Serotonin levels are believed to be the reason for many cases of mild to moderate depression which can lead to symptoms like anxiety, apathy, fear, feelings of worthlessness, insomnia and fatigue.
Depression has many causes, including tension, upset stomach, stress, headache, nutritional deficiencies, poor diet, sugar, thyroid disorders, endometriosis (linked to depression in women), and serious physical disorder, or allergies. Some people become more depressed in the winter months when days are shorter and darker, known as (SAD) seasonal acquired deficiency, a light lamp can help with this in winter months. The sun and bright light seem to trigger a response to a brain hormone known as melatonin (produced by the pineal gland), which is, in part, responsible for preventing the ‘blues.’ Staying in brightly-lit rooms on dark days can help.
Scientists have long hunted another way to attack depression. It has been discovered that some foods influence the brain’s behaviour, and the brain’s neurotransmitters, which regulate our behaviour can be affected by, what we eat.
Change your diet and you can change your life, your outlook and improve your health, reducing your need for Prozac or any other anti-depressant. You are responsible for what you consume, you are the authority of your health. Only you can help you!
Beware: The body will react more quickly to the presence of sugar than it does to the presence of complex carbohydrates. The increase in energy supplied by the simple carbohydrates is quickly accompanied by fatigue and depression and the drop in insulin after a sugar fix is even more harmful. Tyrosine (amino) is also needed for brain function and this is found in dairy products, cheese beans and nuts. This amino acid may be good for those who have prolonged and intense stress, which may be prevented or reversed, if this essential amino acid is obtained in the diet.
Vitamin C is required for the conversion of the amino acids of L-tyrosine and L-phenylalanine into noradrenaline. The conversion of tryptophan into serotonin, the neurohormone responsible for sleep, pain control and well-being, also requires adequate supplies of vitamin C.
A more natural remedy for depression is the herbal remedy. St. John’s Wort, which contains an ingredient called ‘Hypericin’, which prevents too much of the MAO (Mono Amine Oxidase) activity from being released and destroying Serotonin.
The ability to be healthy and happy appears to be related to the foods we consume and there are several simple techniques that are all related to relaxation, exercise, and nutrition.
The three engines of a healthy life all start with what you add into the great machine that the human body is – exercise for body health, relaxation for mind health and nutrition for the soul, or the fuel that drives the car!
Exercise has been shown to produce another chemical known as endorphins, which help with depression, anxiety, sleep, and sexual activity. So, besides eating certain foods, relaxation and exercise, are things that we can do that also affect the level and activity of these chemicals.
In other words, if you find small things that make you feel good, do them on a regular basis, your overall level of happiness is increased by the feel good endorphins and is greater than if you fall in love, or win the lottery, effectively reducing and hopefully coming off, the anti-depressants!
It’s the little things that taste good, smell good, or delight the senses that can have a significant impact when systematically included in your daily routine, especially if you consider the fact that people who feel good are significantly less likely to be tardy, absent, ill, or involved in accidents of all kinds.