I have modified my diet – I am chasing the building blocks of brain matter. This means your brain chemistry has Serotonin, Endorphins, Enzymes.
Serotonin impacts every part of your body, from your emotions to your motor skills. Serotonin is considered a natural mood stabilizer. It’s the chemical that helps with sleeping, eating, and digesting. Serotonin also helps:
- reduce depression
- regulate anxiety
- heal wounds
- stimulate nausea
- maintain bone health
Feel good after a long walk? These neurochemicals are called endorphins. While endorphins might make you feel good after a long jog, there’s a lot more to know about the role they play in regulating your body.
Enzymes help speed up chemical reactions in the human body. They bind to molecules and alter them in specific ways. They are essential for respiration, digesting food, muscle and nerve function, among thousands of other roles.
Anyone battling a depressive disorder knows how bleak life can feel. Sometimes, you’d try almost anything to make those black clouds go away.
Understandably, the idea that a few pills can make you feel better seems too good to be true.
Unfortunately, this often IS too good to be true.
Depression is the world’s single largest contributor to disability. It affects an estimated 350 million people globally, which is around 4.4% of the world’s population.
In fact, the number of people with common mental disorders is increasing year by year, with the fastest-growing rates in lower-income countries. The World Health Organization estimates that 10% to 15% of the general population will experience clinical depression in their lifetime – including 5% of men and 9% of women.
Depressive disorders affect people of all ages and from all walks of life, but there are a number of factors that can increase the risk: namely family history, stressful life changes, psychological factors, low socioeconomic status, sleep disorders, and more.
One of the longest-running theories in depression is of course the brain-chemistry imbalance.
The role of brain chemistry in depression
Certain neurotransmitters – most notably dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine – play a crucial role in mood regulation. Neurotransmitters are chemical substances that help certain parts of the brain communicate with each other. Low amounts of these particular neurotransmitters are thought to contribute to the symptoms associated with clinical depression.
It’s for this reason that most antidepressants are designed to alter levels of certain chemicals in the brain. Some of these treatments include selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs), monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs), and tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs).
Do they work? Well, according to the research, yes they do – but some better than others.
There are dozens of different antidepressants and “happy pills” available on the market now. The most common drugs used to treat depression include citalopram (Celexa), escitalopram (Lexapro), paroxetine (Paxil, Pexeva), fluoxetine (Prozac, Sarafem), and sertraline (Zoloft).
When antidepressants don’t work
A 2009 study from Northwestern University showed that more than half the people who take antidepressants for depression never get relief. The reason for this appears to be that drugs designed to treat depression are aimed at the wrong target.
The researchers behind the study believe that antidepressants are ineffective because they treat stress and/or an imbalance in neurotransmitters in the brain. However, they suggest that the biochemical events that ultimately result in depression actually start in the development and functioning of neurons.
Medications focus on the effect, rather than the cause. This is why they take so long to work, and why they never work at all for some people.
So, if the problem lies in your neurons, how do you treat it?
Well, one possibility could lie in providing your neurons with the nutrients and protection they need.
That’s where methylfolate comes in.
What is methylfolate and what does it do in the brain?
Methylfolate refers to methylenetetrahydrofolate, the most active form of folate. It’s the specific form the body needs to kick off many necessary downstream health processes, like neurotransmitter generation for one (the making of serotonin, dopamine, norepinephrine). The bioavailability of L-Methylfolate is much higher than folic acid alone because it needs no conversion within the body before it can be immediately used, whereas folic acid must undergo at least four different enzymatic conversions before methylfolate can be made available to the body.
Every one of your cells – including over 200 billion brain cells – need this active form of folate to function properly. Methylfolate is involved in making and repairing DNA, genes, and chromosomes. It helps cells to grow, maintain their structure, and regenerate. It’s required in the electrical insulation of nerve cells, and the making of important neurotransmitters.
Most importantly, methylfolate is a cofactor in the production of monoamines – serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine – the very neurotransmitters involved in the regulation of mood.
This is where my research has been leading me – how to cure the depression without medicine.
Here is my list of needed tools to rebuild the chemistry inside your brain.
(TO BE CONTINUED)
MEDITATION – PRAYER – STRENGTH TRAINING – INTENSE CARDIO – NO SALT, NO SUGAR, INPUT INSPIRATIONAL VIDEOS – READ BOOKS – LOVE YOURSELF – REACH A HIGHER POWER – HELP OTHERS
Well having pets can help immensly – for example, I am training my bird. She is very intelligent, however she sometimes really isn’t too fond of me. I learned that if I spend an unusually amount of time with her – she actually starts to tolerate me, a little. She is sitting on my shoulder as I type this.
I was not living – I was not being who I was born to be. And then – I loved someone more then myself. And now – finally, due to the grace of God – I am going the other direction.
It has taken HOURS, DAYS, WEEKS, MONTHS, to realize, that maybe I am not as good as I want to be. Maybe I will never be that good.
Potential. Do you know what that is? Potential means you make the choices. It is up to you to hit the gym. It is up to you to stay longer at work. It is up to you to make the difficult choices. No one else can do them for you. Then one day you wake up old and it’s over. What will I continue to do, to make sure, that I prove it to myself that I can do anything if I put my mind to it.
All I can tell you is – learn what you CAN do and what you CANNOT do.
It’s always a work in progress – never give up – never accept defeat, and always remember to love and have empathy and compassion in this world.
Tomorrow I’m going to the pool – working on my tan – and my bird is upset so I need to stop typing and feed her.