Hello, Evangelina88, Welcome to the Depression Forum. In response
to Gettingby's suggestion that I might post to you regarding diet, I'll
be happy to give you the information I know.
You are already off to a good start by eliminating sugar from your diet.
Sugar causes highs and lows that are tension-provoking to the system.
I'm glad to see you taking 5htp for sleep, as well. It's the one that will cross the blood-brain barrier and give you some helpful sleep during
Next, I would suggest that you remove alcohol and caffeine completely from your diet. Both of them make depression worse. (This is not just an opinion of mine; my psychiatrist advised me to remove both of them from my diet because they do cause depression to be worse.)
In general the foods which are alkaline are better for you because acidic-reacting foods are not as effective in maintaining a calm, stable balance. Please see AlkalineFoods.com to know which foods are ones that are alkaline in reaction. You'd be surprised to know that lemons are one of the most alkaline foods you can enjoy (despite how acidic they taste) You wouldn't think that this could be true, but when undergoing digestion lemons become very alkaline. (It was Socrates who said that foods that we eat that taste bitter are digested as sweet, and foods that we eat that taste sweet are digested as bitter.)
It has been recognized that bipolar illness is caused by an irritation of the brain, but doctors don't yet know why. I know that you are not
bipolar, but I suspect often that depression has an element of irritation, too, that might be helped by creating more alkaline fluids in the system.
Please permit me another word about
caffeine: an internet site called
Ruthwhalen.com provides extensive information on the use of caffeine.
I have spoken to her and she has encouraged me to continue to let
guests know about
the dangers of caffeine to the brain after extended use.
It is addictive and after the body fluids have been saturated with caffeine (in people who are allergic to it as I am) each additional cup of coffee, tea, or bite of chocolate (or anything else with caffeine in it) acts as a bolus, meaning that it becomes more potent and detrimental to the body. It accumulates in organs (including the brain) and is retained. It does not leave the body as water or other healthy liquids do. You may wish to read her papers on caffeine. (She is still writing.)
You might also wish to checkout the internet site called Acid-reacting foods.com or acidfoods.com to learn which foods are digested as highly acidic. Offhand, I remember that milk products are, some meats are, grains are, and many other foods I can't remember at the moment. The important thing is that we can't remove all the acidic-reacting foods or all the alkaline foods from our diets. We need to aim for a balance on a slightly more alkaline than acidic level. So if you choose to eliminate milk and bread for a few days--not completely--just so that you don't build up an acidic overload to your system, it can be helpful for your body fluid status.
Drink water, please. Purified water is good for you as is distilled water. They both make it easier for the kidneys to function at optimal levels. In addition, distilled water removes unused minerals from the body.
All medications are acidic in reaction, so whatever you can do to reduce the acidity of body fluids will help you. If you have an overload of acids in your body, your kidneys will just continue to let it circulate through the blood system until they are able to metabolize them. I hope this makes sense to you.
It's so hard to give up the things we love, and maybe we don't have to do it constantly. Maybe we can do it intermittently enough to keep the fluids of the system more on the alkaline state.
The renowned psychic, Edward Casey, recommended keeping the fluids of the system more alkaline than acidic. The whole body system maintains an habitual alkaline and acid balance regardless of what you eat or drink and that doesn't change. It will even withdraw calcium from you bones in order to do that. I'm not talking about that ph of the system; I'm talking about the fluids and organs of the body.
Your study of the alkaline and acidic-reacting foods will be the best help you can do immediately, along with removing the caffeine and alcohol (which is addictive, as you know) to help you.
I would suggest avoiding any of the artificial sweeteners; they are all highly acidic and one or two of them are known to cause cancer. The only one to date that is not known to be harmful is Stevia. That means that all the carbonated drinks that are all sugar-free are going to contain an artificial sweetener. It may be better for you if you are able to eliminate them unless they have Stevia as a sweetener. (Of course, avoid the ones that have caffeine, please.)
Adding a high-quality multiple vitamin once a day to your diet may be helpful for you just in case something needs boosting.
The use of Vitamin C in divided doses during the day may be beneficial because the human body cannot manufacture vitamin C and it travels
on the same pathway that glucose does. In transit, glucose will win out every time causing a deficiency in vitamin C levels. Vitamin C has
more positive functions in the body than almost all the others. You
might easily find all that information by checking a book from your library on vitamins and their benefits. I take a B-12 shot once each month to make sure I don't miss some nutrients because I'm older, and all older people run a little low on hydrochloric acid which digests meats thoroughly. There is a supplement for that, too, called Betaine Hydrochloride--one writer suggests that anyone over 45 needs to take a supplement.
I hope this helps and that you have a good time learning all you wish
to know about what benefits the system. I have been able to reduce my medications to just 10 mg. of an anti-depressent which I take once in the morning.
When you finish your journey through the texts on this subject, please come back and let us know any additional information to help our
understanding of this each time a scientist finds more data to back up his/her understanding in this matter.
Post Edited (It's Genetic) : 8/10/2011 2:54:14 PM (GMT-6)