Yvonne couldn’t remember a time when she wasn’t depressed.
Mind you, she still got through life accomplishing what was expected of her, but life felt more like a chore instead of a joy.
After a particularly stressful period in her life, Yvonne reached out to us because she was sick and tired of being sick and tired.
She needed relief from chronic depression.
Jump Start for Joy
When Yvonne and I video-conferenced with each other, it was clear she was struggling.
Her forced smile and flat expression were evidence enough that she was feeling depressed.
While the stressful situation she had recently been in was over, she was left feeling lower than low.
Yvonne jumped into our Jump Start program and agreed to:
- Complete a Confidential Client Wellness Questionnaire, our unique Nutri-Q nutritional assessment and a 3-day Food Journal
- Discuss her complete history, health challenges and goals
- Provide any recent lab test results to us for further analysis using optimal reference ranges
During our first 1.5 hour session, Yvonne and I discovered that there were several health issues to address that may be at the heart of her depression.
Some of those issues, like fatty acid deficiency, for example, would take a bit of time to correct.
While we were working to put together a plan of action, Yvonne needed some immediate help to lift her mood.
Amino acids to the rescue!
Amino acids are the building blocks of protein.
They are the primary “active ingredient”, so to speak, used in making neurotransmitters.
Neurotransmitters are the chemical messengers between neurons that influence our mood.
Without sufficient amino acids, mood regulation is nearly impossible.
Of course, amino acids are used for a whole lot more than just mood regulation, but that’s our focus here at Mind Blowing Wellness.
Yvonne took our unique Stress Self-Assessment Tool and discovered that she needed help with both of these neurotransmitters:
An amino acid trial is the best way to determine which amino acid is right for you and the proper dosage. You can read more about how to conduct an amino acid trial at the link.
Research shows that these amino acids can be helpful for folks deficient in these neurotransmitters (click on the title for more information about each neurotransmitter and the recommended amino acids):
Add-ons can be: SAM-e, Saint John’s wort
- DL-Phenylalanine or D-Phenylalanine
- PEA (Phenylethylamine)
- DL-Phenylalanine or D-Phenylalanine
Add-ons can be: Inositol (Vitamin B8), L-Glutamine
Care should be taken with amino acids. Consult with me or another healthcare provider prior to taking amino acids.
Too much can be as bad as not enough.
Contact me for recommended dosages. Read the precautions for each amino acid at the corresponding link.
I offer a free 20 minute chat about our program’s ability to suit your needs.
- As with all supplements, if you experience any adverse effects, stop taking them immediately.
- Excesses of neurotransmitters can be just as problematic as deficiencies.
- Consult with your healthcare practitioner if you have a serious illness such as cancer, severe liver or kidney problems, an ulcer, bipolar disorder, or schizophrenia.
- Check with your doctor if you are pregnant, nursing or are taking any prescribed mood medications such as an SSRI or MAOI.
Vitamin and Mineral Requirements
Prior to beginning a regimen of amino acids or even before taking an amino acid trial, it is vital to be sure that you have necessary cofactors to allow your body to use these amino acids.
Vitamins and minerals are the other primary ingredients used in the manufacture of neurotransmitters.
- The B vitamins are the most important.
- Folate (Vitamin B9) instead of folic acid
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin D3
- Chromium, especially if sugar cravings are an issue
- Omega CO3 fatty acids (fish oil or krill oil)
To ensure that your levels of these important nutrients are sufficient, contact me for recommended dosages.
If you find that you are deficient through a lab test or by your symptoms, a therapeutic dosage level may be necessary.
Spectracell Labs is well-known for its Micronutrient test panel for vitamin and mineral status.
Back to Yvonne
Yvonne chose to take 5-HTP on a trial basis first to elevate Serotonin.
Amino acids need to be taken on an empty stomach, so she took her dosage before dinner and before bed.
5-HTP helps with sleep as well.
Yvonne found that not only did she sleep more soundly, but she was less anxious, less irritable and her outlook improved almost immediately.
Her trial showed her that 2 capsules per dose were right for her.
She was still feeling a bit flat though.
Next she added DL-Phenylalanine to her amino acid trial to boost Catecholamines and found that her moods lifted dramatically!
Because Phenylalanine can be stimulating (particularly the L- version), she took her dose before breakfast and before lunch.
These supplements seemed to work well for Yvonne and now she knows how to adjust them as her symptoms improve.
Now that Yvonne is feeling “like a real person again”, as she put it, we can focus on addressing the underlying health issues causing her depression.
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