Tag Archives: Good Mood

from Chris Kresser New Hope that Alzheimer’s Can Be Prevented—and Even Cured

Quote: “However, there is a large window of opportunity—about a decade of SCI (subjective cognitive impairment), when people note cognitive changes yet still score normally on cognitive tests; then often several years of MCI (mild cognitive impairment), when cognitive testing shows abnormalities, yet people are still capable of doing ADLs (activities of daily living); then early in the course of full-blown Alzheimer’s disease. Therefore, it is important to seek evaluation and treatment as early as possible.”

Folks, this is what I’m after.

Here is the link to to Chris’ article.

 https://chriskresser.com/new-hope-that-alzheimers-can-be-prevented-and-even-cured/

Cognition improvement project

Number crunching for the supplements nerds.  Here is a cognition improvement project! Continue reading

Depression treatment

The Rwandan prescription for Depression: Sun, drum, dance, community.

“We had a lot of trouble with western mental health workers who came here immediately after the genocide and we had to ask some of them to leave. They came and their practice did not involve being outside in the sun where you begin to feel better, there was no music or drumming to get your blood flowing again, there was no sense that everyone had taken the day off so that the entire community could come together to try to lift you up and bring you back to joy, there was no acknowledgement of the depression as something invasive and external that could actually be cast out again. Instead they would take people one at a time into these dingy little rooms and have them sit around for an hour or so and talk about bad things that had happened to them. We had to ask them to leave.” ~A Rwandan talking to a western writer, Andrew Solomon, about his experience with western mental health and depression.

dance community

From The Moth podcast, Notes on an Exorcism. http://themoth.org/stories

Found on underthebluedoor https://underthebluedoor.org/2014/08/18/the-rwandan-prescription-for-depression-sun-drum-dance-community-we-had-a-lot-of-trouble-with-western-mental-health-workers-who-came-here-immediately-after-the-genocide-and-we-had-to-ask-some/amp/

Daily Essential Nutrients Powder: mood supplement

Here I give my thoughts on the Hardy multivitamin & mineral formula with a once-over from the Brain of Rachel.

First, let’s look at some key mood nutrients that are in the Hardy formula.

  • lithium orotate in trace amount
  • ALA
  • acetyl L-carnitine
  • N-acetyl-L-cysteine
  • L-methionine

I cannot address these in this post.  Refer to my list of Mood Repair Books.

Main takeaway. Yes, you might need these key mood nutrients. But, you might also need different ones, or some other ones that are not included in the Hardy formula.  Tailoring this to yourself would be important over the long run.  One strategy would be to try one bottle of the Hardy formula and see if it makes any difference.  If it does, and you want to improve or save money, read on… This post is about combining products.

My caveat: I haven’t done a price comparison yet. I suspect my plan shaves off some dollars. It’s not easier, but it’s likely cheaper. The Hardy formula could get super expensive for an adult. And, my point in this post is that the Hardy is not as complete. The money that I would “save” on my basic multivitamin (which is pretty much what the Hardy formula is), goes toward purchasing the additional bonus supplements that I take.


Replication

Piece together a less expensive regimen. It might look similar to mine, with some tweaks. 
Start with a multivitamin such as Thorne Research Basic Nutrients 2/day.  I take two and my daughter takes one capsule per day. This is already higher in the major B vitamins (yes, methylated).  It also contains the vitamin K in ample amount. The minerals are chelated.
Add Seeking Health Optimal PC for your choline and inositol in premium form for brain support.
Use Redmond RealSalt for all your food salting needs. This gives you trace minerals including lithium, boron, vanadium, nickel.  Note that these are not in chelated form. Buy more unsalted meats (instead of sausages) so that you can use more of your own salt at home. If you’re putting in a teaspoon or two of salt to a batch of food because you started with unsalted ingredients, this is going to be a good thing.
You could add some Vitamin E (since the multivitamin doesn’t contain as much as the Hardy formula).  Or eat some egg yolks and almonds.
You might add more:
  • calcium (or high quality dairy and spinach)
  • copper – some mood disorders need more, some need less.

Power Up!  Add-ons

Other things you would add that weren’t in the original Hardy formula anyway (not included in that $129 pricetag)
Nordic Naturals Ultimate Omega (fish oil).
I also add for myself KAL B-6, B-12 Folic Acid Drop Ins (mis-named “folic acid” because it’s actually folate on the facts label).  I buy this on Amazon.com
Any additional vitamin D you might need.  I buy Thorne Research D & K drops. Cost per drop is cheap. One bottle per year.
probiotics
collagen – which you can count toward your protein needs for the day (count as a super food).  This contains lots of glycine which is calming.  I buy various kinds of this (tablets, gelatin powder, broth powder). Email me for details.
magnesium – try Magtein (Magnesium L-Threonate).  I buy NOW brand on Amazon.com

The next book I’m reading

I just picked this book up at the library. Thanks for tuning in. I hope everyone is nourishing their adrenal glands this week. And, preparing for a nourishing, relaxing, grateful, connecting-with-someone Thanksgiving.
Love,
Rachel

P.S. More books on the subject of the healthy intersection of brain and body— and getting to happy from wherever you are:  Mood Repair Books List

B6 capsules on Amazon

Pricing out B6 capsules:

B6 stand alone capsules in P-5-P form

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Eat more turkey! And… Need turkey recipes!

Please send in turkey recipes – especially the tastiest or easiest!

This article extols the virtues of turkey for its amino acid profile. It’s a great place to start to get an overview of proteins in food.

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Why I take 5-HTP. And, CAUTIONS!

*UPDATE 10/14/2016 My sources of folate are: a diet rich in leafy greens and a multivitamin. The brand I’m currently taking is Thorne Research 2/Day. I take one at breakfast with a 50mg dose of 5htp, and again both at 2:00 p.m.  I also take magnesium glycine and taurine. All of these together are the core of my “calm and happy” nutrient supplementation. You can see other posts throughout my site and in the future for more information about other supplements such as brain-critical fats (fish oil and phospholipids) supplements.

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Fish Oil Guidelines

This post is practical info about buying and taking fish oil, as part of any proper mood repair project. My doctor had me switch off cod liver oil (CLO) to fish oil.  This is because my plan includes taking a high quality multi-vitamin which helps to simplify (somewhat) my supplement plan.  I hope that if you follow along with me on this blog, eventually you will end up at a supplement plan that has you feeling awesome.  I’m feeling much better already, but I continue to plug away at figuring out each component of my supplement plan. Continue reading

Another, different, Amino Acid product

If you are researching amino acids for mood repair, you’ll want to see this one:

http://www.chopra.com/ccl/new-clinical-study-endorphinate

http://ponderapharma.com/how-does-endorphinate-work/