Once a deficiency such as depression develops, correcting it is not as simple as eating the right foods. It requires specialized supplementation at higher levels than can be obtained from your diet. Nutrient therapies greatly increase the levels of neurotransmitters that a person has been found to be deficient in. Studies have shown that it is both safe and effective and most patients experience symptom reduction within weeks. These pharmaceutical-grade nutrients will cross the blood-brain barrier into the brain where they will be synthesized into neurotransmitters and this will raise serotonin and the number of neurotransmitter molecules needed by the brain. They are prescribed according to the results of laboratory testing giving the imbalanced person a more individualized plan of treatment.
Amino Acids are referred to as the “building blocks of life”. They make up proteins in every tissue of the body and contribute to the formation of hormones, immunoglobulins, hemoglobin, collagen, muscles, neurotransmitters, enzymes, antibodies and receptors, and are involved in cellular energy production. They play a major role in nearly every chemical process that affects physical and mental function. Amino Acid deficiencies may manifest as fatigue, allergic sensitivity, arthritis, digestive disorder, cognitive function, cardiovascular health, athletic performance, and neurologic imbalance. Taking a supplement such as GABA can help reduce anxiety and increase the receptors in your brain to keep you balanced.
Every cell in the body is comprised of proteins made from amino acids. These amino acids can become depleted and need constant replacement. In our diet, proteins are found primarily in meats, poultry, eggs, milk, rice and beans. Heat and processing destroy many amino acids and vitamins in our food, making it difficult to obtain all the nutrients required for proper metabolic balance. Vegetarians do not receive certain amino acids in their diet because some of them are found in beef or poultry products. A deficiency in even one amino acid will cause a biochemical imbalance creating health problems.
For example, taking GABA supplements is a way to increase GABA if we are deficient in it. In times of physical and emotional stress, injury, illness, and surgery, the body requires more amino acids than can be obtained in food alone. Amino acid deficiency is directly linked to neurotransmitter deficiency. We offer an Amino Acid Profile that can tell you which specific amino acids you are deficient in. We offer Neurotransmitter Tests that can also identify chemical imbalances in the brain, which can be treated by increasing the specific amino acids that make Serotonin, Dopamine, Norepinephrine, GABA and Epinephrine in the brain.
Amino acids compete for entry across the blood-brain barrier, so when you improperly combine them they can actually prevent the ones you desperately need from getting across. A Telephone Consultation or E-Health Visit can help to guide you in this process.
Psychiatric medications such as antidepressants can be lifesaving for those suffering depression, but they only help treat the symptoms, not cure the problem. When the medications are stopped symptoms can return. There is also the issue of side-effects and more recently the FDA warning that SSRI antidepressants could cause suicidal thoughts in some children, teens and adults. Taking a natural supplement for depression is another form of treatment to consider.
Some psychiatric drugs such as those used to treat anxiety only cover up or mask the symptoms on a temporary basis. You can develop tolerance, dependency or have uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms when you try to stop it. Some people unnecessarily become lifelong users of psychiatric drugs rather than using a natural treatment for depression.
Prescription drugs such as antidepressants do not increase the overall number of neurotransmitter molecules in your brain, they merely move them around or stop their breakdown. If your levels are too low to start with, medication may work initially, then “poop out”, or not work from the beginning. There are specialized nutrient formulas that can help antidepressant medication to work more effectively. Under the supervision of a trained practitioner, these natural treatments may be used in addition to the persons existing medication to boost their effectiveness or to target another neurotransmitter that is also causing symptoms. Most antidepressant or anti-anxiety medications just target one neurotransmitter, but many mental health disorders involve multiple neurotransmitters.
Telephone Consultations and E-Health Visits provide you with testing recommendations, information on your condition, as well as suggestions for diet and lifestyle changes. You will also receive information about medication and alternative treatments to it, plus recommendations for a complete supplement plan. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure and prevent depression or any other disease.