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Natural Serotonin Blockers
Think yours are low?: This is about the nervous system. What makes you think your "levels" are low? Neurotransmitters don't HAVE "levels". They don't just float around or circulate in blood. They're made in the terminal boutons of neurons, released into the synaptic cleft, & immediately either recycled & replaced or taken back up. Neurochemistry isn't just a New Age fad. REAL knowledge is power. Go arm yourself. ...Read more
No other than: The natural ability for your body to do so. ...Read more
What are some good natural supplies to improve brain functioning, helping with serotonin levels or mainly just adding overall feeling of wellbeing?
Exercise!: Exercise and healthy eating are probably the best way to improve sense of well being. Brain functioning improves mostly by using it! Gingko biloba may have some positive effects. If you are having mild depressive symptoms you can try Sam-e. Also, be sure you are getting enough good quality sleep. ...Read more
Are there natural sources of serotonin and/or non-prescription ways to create or retain it the brain?
How can I naturally raise my serotonin levels I have mild anxiety my dr gave me a antidepressant but want to try a natural aproach first?
Nature's bounty 5-htp 100mg capsule vs celexa (citalopram). They both have serotonin. So which is better for anxiety? I rather have natural.
Cant afford therapy or anything like that what are natural ways I can make myself feel better and raise serotonin levels? Stopped lexapro (escitalopram) after 2 days
Get Healthy: Therapy and medication take a lot longer than two days to work. Best way to work on depression without doing therapy is to go to the library and get a book called Mind over Mood. Start exercising, normalize sleep, get an hour in the sun daily, eat well. Do the work in the book--and if ANY suicidal issues arise--go to a doctor and ask for help immediately. Some depression requires more. ...Read more
Caffeine depleted my serotonin levels and melatonin levels causing me to have anxiety. What natutal supplements can I take?
Assessment 1st: What you take depends on what the problem is, & what result you want. Before trying more supplements, it would make sense to see your doctor for assessment of the "derealization" and insomnia you mentioned in your additional patient information. These may be connected to more complicated conditions, and need specialized treatment for best results. Hoping for the best possible outcome for you! ...Read more
Exercise: Is one of the best natural remedies for these neurotransmitters in a healthy person. This is different and more complicated if someone has parkinsons or other neuro diseases. However, exercise has demonstrated about the same effect in treating depression as ssri medications and should be an adjunct to anyone wanting to regulate serotonin and dopamine. Most herbals are not proven. ...Read more
Isn't the effectiveness of SSRI/SNRI's on person with depression directly dependent on the person's natural production of Serotonin and/or Norepinephrine? And therefore they would be useless in someone who produces little to none?
SSRI/SNRI meds: SSRI/SNRI meds are remarkably effective for depression and anxiety disorders because they boost the efficacy of serotonin and norepinephrine already in the brain. They don't increase the absolute levels of these brain hormones. These meds must be carefully monitored by your doctor for a therapeutic response and side effects. Hope this helps. ...Read more
Complex: It is a neurotransmitter, mostly in the brain and the gi system. It is released when that neuron electrically achieves an action potential, based on its interactions with other neurons. Those interactions are complex. What is more complex is the many different kinds of receptors, which do many different things. ...Read more
It is your Happy NT: The beauty of these neurotransmitters is they perform a variety of function leading to happiness, including your sleep, apetite, weight, regulation of anxiety even found in your gut cells, so happiness is not locatede in brain, remember, gut feeling, or irritable bowel when people are upset, brain and body are not disconnected and the brain is the most organic organ, connected to body happiness. ...Read more
Please repost: Please repost and include the tissue or organ of interest: Blood? Brain? Left kidney? Right big toe? Also why you are asking: are you asking because you've fallen for the misconception that low serotonin "levels" in the brain cause depression? (They don't. That notion has been debunked over and over again.) ...Read more
Why?: Please repost and explain why you think your serotonin levels NEED to be raised, if you think they're normal or low, and what you mean by "levels, " since really there ARE no such things as "levels" of serotonin the way there are levels of, say, blood cholesterol. Where did you get this notion of "levels"? ...Read more
Not cause, but feel: Insufficient performance of serotonin can cause pain to be felt as more severe and less easy to relieve. It's not a 'cause' but things that might not hurt if your levels were adequate - will perhaps. Also your reaction to the pain might be more intense and out of control. Have a psych eval, Dx and Tx. ...Read more
One that doesn't: Quite a few web pages state that caffeine consumption causes a drop in serotonin. Not true- caffeine works directly on adenosine receptors. It also leads to increased dopamine action, producing a sense of pleasure that may account for much of the appeal of caffeine drinks. Over-reliance on caffeine can cause problems but decreased serotonin is not one of them. ...Read more
Increases it: It has been proven that 8 weeks of exercise is as effective as 8 weeks of antidepressants on reducing symptoms of depression. It is presumed that exercise does this by raising the amount of available serotonin in our brain. Precisely how it does it is still being worked out. ...Read more
My first question is why you would think you need to remove serotonin from your body. This pleasure giving chemical that creates a sense of balance and well being is a good thing to have. Do you have mania? Are you on any medications that are causing mental health problems.
Sometimes questions cause more questions to be asked. Keep talking to us here. ...Read more
Serotonin is a neurotransmitter used by many different types of nerve (and muscle) cells throughout the body.
I think it would be impossible for body not to produce serotonin.
There are many medications intended to affect serotonin signaling. Their effects and side effects vary depending on the nature of the drug, the type of illness present, and other medications to which they may be added. ...Read more
The discovery of serotonin has a very interesting history. Since there's not nearly enough space to give it its due here, I will give you a website where you can look it up which is from the journal nature at nature. Com.
www. Nature. Com/npp/journal/v21/n1s/full/1395355a.html
When reading the various stories of how serotonin was discovered, it immediately becomes apparent how. ..enjoy!!! ...Read more
By chance.: In the early 1940's and 1950's, scientists discovered the role of neurotransmitters such as Norepinephrine for vasoconstriction, Dopamine for Parkinson's Disease and Serotonin for depression but it was not until 1988 when they discovered that selective Serotonin reuptake inhibitors like Prozac (fluoxetine) became known to the world. ...Read more