Did you know that most of the serotonin that your body produces is in your intestines? Serotonin is the chemical the tends to be low in depression.
Far too often people believe or are told that’s in all in their head. Attitude is everything and you just need to think positively. While this is partly true, it is very hard to implement when you’re feeling terrible.
Virtually every mental health diagnosis – anxiety, depression, ADHD, bi-polar – has a basis in chemistry. Our neurotransmitters, serotonin, dopamine,and epinephrine need to work together for us to be well. We understand this concept with diabetes – insulin levels need to be manipulated to cure the illness. When this cannot be done with diet and lifestyle, we use meds.
When it comes to mental health though, so many people are reluctant to work with their chemistry. They believe that they should feel good without it. I’m not saying go on meds. I’m saying, play with the chemistry. There are lots of natural ways to adjust serotonin, dopamine and epinephrine. Some of them start out simply by looking at your guts.