Feeling down?

depressedFeeling down? Anxious? Exhausted? Lost that drive for life?

Are you feeling anxious or unhappy? Feel like the joy in your life has gone? Loss of interest in normal activities? Have a lack of motivation and energy? Not sleeping well? The problem may not be your mental state, but your biochemical state!

Serotonin is a neurotransmitter in the brain, it is our happiness hormone. If your serotonin is low you may be experiencing poor sleep, depression, irritability, negativity or have sugar cravings. Serotonin is vital in regulating our moods, sleep and temperature. The surprising fact is that 80% of our serotonin is produced in our gut; so if your gut’s not in a good state due to food allergies, stress, lack of nutrients or infections, then you could have low serotonin levels.

Serotonin is made from tryptophan, an amino acid we get from eating protein and from adequate zinc, vitamin C, magnesium, B vitamins, calcium, iron and stomach acid.

Another important neurotransmitter is dopamine. Both dopamine and serotonin deficiencies are common causes of depression. Good nutrients along with proteins produce dopamine in the brain, further making adrenaline, so you are able to produce energy and feel motivated.

Depression is a very common illness in today’s society, if depression has been a concern for you, it may be another sign that you have poor protein and nutrient absorption. If you have overgrowth of detrimental bacteria, viruses or fungi then it is likely you have a lack of the beneficial bacteria needed to breakdown your proteins which can affect your serotonin and dopamine levels.

At The Naturopathic Clinic we conduct specific testing to identify factors that may be impacting on the performance of your neurotransmitters. We believe that it is essential that we understand the true cause of your illness rather than just medicating the symptoms as often the medications prescribed can cause side effects and create further health complications.

If you would like to discuss how The Naturopathic Clinic can help you please contact us for a FREE Mini Natural Health Assessment on 022 017 6033