Neurotranmitter Testing

Dealing With Depression

With regard to depression, the world seems to have two groups: those that have or are experiencing depression, and those that have never been depressed.

Depression is a total mystery to those fortunate enough to have no experience with it. For them, it can seem real simple: just stop being depressed, what’s the big deal? If you know something about the experience of depression, you know it isn’t that easy. Willpower won’t magically cure it.

Depression has many forms and many triggers, of course. Some depression is situational and once the situation improves, the depression improves right along with it. Some depression is chronic and maybe comes with a family history of depression.

Maybe you only get depressed in the winter time when you get less sunlight. Maybe your depression is hormonally based and your depression comes and goes along with certain phases of your reproductive cycle or maybe it is classic postpartum depression.

Many different therapies have been tried over the years for depression, from talk-it-out therapy and various medications to even more aggressive approaches, most of which have fallen out of favor over the last few decades.

Self treatment is important, as it improves your feeling of control. Many depressed people feel trapped, and even taking simple lifestyle steps can empowering.

Some typical self-help steps include regular exercise, proper nutrition, adequate sleep, a solid social network and active stress reduction.

Exercise doesn’t have to be excessive to be helpful. Many people find that a half hour walk each day can make a big difference. If you can’t walk, find some exercise you can do like water aerobics, stationary bike or an upper body cycle, for example. Adding a few minutes of weight training 2-3 times per week can help, too.

Your brain needs a stable blood sugar environment to process energy properly. If you live on junk food, how do you expect your brain to work correctly? At first, you will need some willpower to begin a dietary change; high sugar and high fructose corn syrup intake can cause serious metabolic problems that increase the cravings for the very foods that are causing the problem. We have also noted that many people who have brain issues do better on a gluten-free diet. Antibodies related to gluten can alter some enzyme activities in the brain and make ideal brain function much more difficult.

Too little sleep and too much sleep have been linked to many problems, including an increase in depression. Develop good sleep hygiene – meaning going to sleep at the same time each night and trying to keep your room as dark as possible. Sleeping with the TV on might seem like a good idea, but over time it will interfere with your sleep patterns.

Work to maintain your social connections with family and friends and community groups. Depressed people often feel like withdrawing. Resist that feeling. It won’t help you. When you are making these social connections, it won’t help to tell everyone how depressed you are. Make an effort to be cheery if possible.

Examine your life for stressors. Begin to work on eliminating the ones you can. Some sources of stress can be changed and some can’t. Work on the ones that can be changed. It might take months or years, but you have to start somewhere.

Over the past 12 years or so, we at OVitaminPro.com have been working with neurotransmitter support for those with low mood problems. We can’t be your primary doctor and diagnose and manage your depression, but we can often help.

We use a neurotransmitter test to give us idea of your body’s ability to maintain an ideal profile. Dr. Kellerman of NeuroScience discovered many years ago that people without depression, anxiety, insomnia or migraines etc tended to have very similar urinary neurotransmitter profiles. Using amino acids and herbs, bringing the neurotransmitter profiles of people suffering from any combination of the above problems closer to ideal resulted in those people feeling and functioning better.

We use urine and saliva samples to get a snapshot of your neurotransmitter landscape. That gives us important clues as to with amino acids and herbs we can use to give your body the raw materials it needs to normalize some of these pathways.

We recommend that you see your family doctor to rule out any serious problems that may be triggering your depression. If all is clear on that front, we can then run the neurotransmitter profile and begin giving your brain some help to work better.

When we run a neurotransmitter profile, we will pay close attention to serotonin levels. Low serotonin has been long known to be associated with depression. Whether a person becomes depressed due to some event that lowered their serotonin or low serotonin is the effect from depression is somewhat academic. The majority of people that we have worked with feel better once their serotonin levels come back up into a more ideal range.

Fortunately, we can use natural products like the amino acids and herbs mentioned before to give your brain the means to produce more balanced serotonin levels.

The cost of depression is tremendous. Your productivity takes a serious hit in the lives of most depressed people.

Give us a call at OVitaminPro.com. In most cases, we can help.

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Take Advantage of Clinical Services and Lab Testing at OVitaminPro.com

Cyrex LaboratoriesAt OVitaminPro.com, we’ve always been champions for clinical lab testing. Not only does lab testing give you a more accurate picture of what’s going on in your body as a whole, but it can also provide you with valuable feedback on which you can make important health decisions. When you’re considering switching to a gluten-free diet or taking a particular supplement, clinical services and lab testing can be powerful allies in making your decision.

Knowing what’s right for your body is key to maintaining good health, which is why it’s recommended that we use a variety of tests to determine what could be causing a particular health concern. Some of these tests can be ordered by your doctor. Other canbe pursued on your own. At OVitaminPro.com, we offer several different options for lab testing to ensure that you get the right feedback. Testing options include:

Direct Laboratory Services, Inc.

Additionally, we use only the best in clinical service providers to ensure you get the tests you need as well as the most accurate results. We work directly with Direct Labs and Cyrex Labs for all of our neurotransmitter testing, cytokine testing, laboratory blood tests, and other clinical services. You don’t need a doctor’s prescription – we can order them because we’re licensed to do so, except in a few states. Once you have your results, you can take them to any doctor you choose, or you can always consult with us. We go over our client’s test results free of charge.

Here’s where you can learn more: Clinical Services and Lab Tests at OVitaminPro.com

 

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Taking Your Healthy Lifestyle To The Next Level

PHOTO: Northern Health and Social Care Trust

“Every human being is the author of his own health or disease.”~ Buddha

Leading a healthy life style can be confusing. Health often seems elusive. We suffer from information overload when it comes to nutrition and how to apply it to our lives. The quote above sums it up for me, health is something that we live daily. The wait and see approach or don’t fix it until it is broken philosophy does nothing for living a healthy life. Why wait until your blood glucose levels indicate diabetes to address blood sugar issues. Wouldn’t it be more prudent to look at trends and prevent the disease in the first place?

This is one of the reasons we recommend testing to know what your health issues are. Lab tests are invaluable in determining where to make corrections on the road to good health. Many of our clients are already aware that at OVitaminPro.com we are able to offer many affordable lab tests. We can order comprehensive blood tests, adrenal and neurotransmitter testing as well as DNA specific tests for gluten sensitivity. We also don’t charge to review and analyze each individual’s lab results or with our health recommendations!

Sharing our experiences can help others on their journey to better health. We would love to hear how vitamins and supplements have contributed to your health. Tell us your story. What changed your life?

Share with us your story in 200 words or less and you will be eligible for our grand prize; a Neuro-Adrenal Lab Test worth $350.00 dollars!  This lab test by NeuroScience tests for cortisol times four, DHEA and 11 different neurotransmitters.

Here is a short testimonial from one of our clients and the Neuro-Adrenal test:

After lab testing, I began the neurotransmitter support products and almost immediately experienced a feeling of well being, calm and focus that I hadn’t felt in a long time! Wow! I felt good again. I lost the weight, got my mental focus back, no more stress and never did need to get my hormones checked. I understand now that unless your adrenals are balanced, it is almost impossible to balance any other hormones.

I have been taking the recommended products faithfully now for a little over a year and can’t imagine life without them. It’s great to be 53 years old and feeling better than I ever have!
Cynthia L.

This month we are featuring Kavinace. It has just been released in a larger count bottle of 120. Kavinace is one of our best sleep products! It is also a great product for GABA support.

“Health is the first muse, and sleep is the condition to produce it” ~Ralf Waldo Emerson

CONTEST RULES:
The winner will be announced in our August Newsletter. Other top picks may be featured in future blog posts, so be sure to check out our blog if you did not win! All entries should be less than 200 words or less. Entries must be submitted by August 1st 2010.

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