Depression, Allergies What’s the real cause? & Symptoms

Depression

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What’s the real cause?

Well, there are two kinds of depression. One is chemical and one is situational. Sometimes it could be both. Most people have experienced situational. Situational depression usually happens when someone close to you has passed, you’ve lost your job, you’re unhappy with where your living, stuff like that. Chemical depression is when serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine are low in the brain. The cause of situational is… well SITUATIONAL. Anything traumatic or stressful that has happened to you in your environment will simply cause a natural response in the body. Having situational depression usually passes over time. As for chemical depression, scientists are still unsure as to what the cause is. Dr. Jeffrey Meyer found that an enzyme called monoamine oxidase A (MAO-A) which has an important job of breaking down chemicals like serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine was significantly higher in the brain. Dr. Meyer stated “In major depression, higher levels of MAO-A is the primary process that lowers monoamine levels. Having more MAO-A leads to a greater breakdown of key chemicals like serotonin.” So basically the more MAO-A you have the more depressed your gonna be. Researchers are trying to find why the MAO-A enzyme is so high in people with major depression and how it can be prevented.

Symptoms of Depression:

  • Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” feelings.
  • Feelings of hopelessness and/or pessimism.
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, and/or helplessness.
  • Restlessness or irritability.
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in activities that the person once enjoyed.
  • Fatigue and decreased energy.
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering details, and/or making decisions.
  • Insomnia, early-morning wakefulness, or excessive sleeping.
  • Overeating, or appetite loss.
  • Thoughts of suicide, suicide attempts.
  • Persistent aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems that do not ease with treatment.

Some herbs that can be used to treat depression include:

SAM-e stands for S-adenosyl methionine. This molecule already occurs in the body and could help ease your depression. No one actually knows how SAM-e works, just that it works. Some researchers say that it may alter the function of different receptors and structures that transport neurotransmitters in the brain. The molecule SAM-e also may be directly involved in the creation of neurotransmitters. SAM-e is a bit expensive but many find it to be effective.
I recommend Nature Made SAM-e Complete 400mg, 36 Tablets

St. John’s Wort is a plant that has been used for centuries for the use of depression and anxiety. This herb helps people more with mild to moderate depression, not so much severe. It is possible to see results the same day taking St. John’s Wort. This herbal extract can be just as effective as Zoloft, Paxil, and Prozac. Be sure not to take it with any prescription drugs, as it might reduce the effectiveness and could cause altercations. St. John’s Wort was found to work better with 5-HTP.
I recommend Nature’s Way St. John’s Wort, 180 Capsules

5-HTP is 5-hydroxytryptophan. It’s a herbal supplement made from the seeds of a West African plant called Griffonia simplicifolia. It is believed to help with depression, sleep disorders, and weight problems and is most commonly found in capsule form. 5-HTP’s function is to help produce more serotonin and melatonin.
I recommend NOW Foods 5-HTP 100mg, 120 VCaps

Vitamin and mineral deficiencies can also play a vital role in depression. Be sure to go to your doctor and get tested for any vitamins you may be deficient in. A deficiency can make depression and just your overall health worse.

Some vitamins and minerals that may help treat depression include:

  • Vitamin B12- is crucial for the proper functioning of the brain and nervous system.
  • Magnesium- may help strengthen the neurotransmitter function in the brain.
  • Calcium-low levels of calcium can cause nervousness, irritability, and numbness.
  • Iron- a chronic iron deficiency could result in exhaustion, headaches, and general weakness.

Allergies

What’s the real cause?

An allergy or allergies happen when the immune system gets a foreign substance in the body that it can’t handle. In most people allergies are not a problem but when the immune system is weak and does not know how to fight against allergies then it becomes one. Genetics and environmental factors play a big role in allergies. Your chance is greater if your mother had allergies. Allergy medications only mask the symptoms and don’t rid of the allergy altogether.

Natural Allergy remedies that work

Quercetin is a natural plant-derived compound. It stabilizes mast cells and prevents them from releasing histamine. It also is an anti-oxidant that soaks up free radicals. The dosage needed is about 1000 milligrams a day, taken between meals. Start this treatment 6 weeks before allergy season.
I recommend Solgar, Quercetin Complex, 100 Vegetable Capsules.

Stinging Nettle is a natural antihistamine. Taking 300 milligrams daily of stinging nettle in capsule form offers relief of allergies. Unfortunately, these effects only last a few hours, but this is a good natural alternative to have.
I recommend Stinging Nettle Root 500 mg 100 Caps.

Grapeseed Extract is an anti-oxidant known for being a bio-flavinoid. Anti-oxidants are the best way to improve and strengthen your immune system. When you have a strong immune system then there is nothing that your body can’t handle. Grape seed extract fights off viruses, allergens, and carcinogens.
I recommend NOW Foods Grape Seed Extract 250mg, 90 Vcaps.

Keep these on hand or in the medicine cabinet when you feel an allergy attack coming on. I recommend taking these a few weeks before allergy season.

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