SEROTONIN is responsible for making us feel good and for our being able to have feelings of happiness. It is also responsible for our appetite and for our ability to sleep.
People suffering from burnout and depression, states of fear, panic attacks and profound restlessness (e.g. hyperactivity in the case of children) have a low serotonin level.
Antidepressants such as Prozac and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI`s) do not balance out serotonin deficiency! They help to make a few things in life easier during certain phases, but they do NOT compensate for a deficiency of serotonin. That is why it is very important to compensate the deficiency so that the real healing can begin, not just a “pseudo healing”.
A serotonin deficiency can also be balanced out with the amino acid tryptophan, or respectively, 5HTP, but it has to be taken continuously as the body itself cannot build serotonin.
The whole Vitamin B complex, found in vegetables and wholefoods among other things, plays an important role in the case of burnout and depression as well.
Depending on the method used, the assessment of the recommended daily amount of tryptophan necessary for a healthy grown up lies by 3.5 to 6 mg tryptophan per kilogram of body weight. There is evidence suggesting that the daily need of tryptophan can differ from person to person.
This means that a person with 60 kilograms needs 60 kg x 6 mg = 360 mg of tryptophan. A person with 70 kilograms needs 420 mg of tryptophan. 420 mg of tryptophan is in 10 decagrams of nuts (peanuts, cashews, macadamia nuts, hazelnuts, walnuts) or in 10 decagrams of cheese (Camembert, Brie, Emmenthaler).
(Tryptophan information source: wikipedia...)
Sources: Dr. Joel D. Wallach, Dr. Jackson Stockwell, doctor and head of a cancer clinic in Salt Lake City.
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