Posted 29 June 2008 - 11:27 PM
didnt think this one would come back, so ill add some recent info ive come across.
apparently when we begin to feel any stress our bodys start to burn amino acids for fuel(fight or flight), this is why people will get depressed from prolonged stress because the amino acids that are needed for neurochemicals ex. the pathway from tryptophan, 5 htp, serotonin, melatonin pathway, tryptophan gets burned up so no serotonin gets made, you become depressed and since me;atonin is made from serotonin this leads to insomnia.
bottom line is, pay attention to your emotions and learn to manage them well, and how they relate to the environment you are in, and how you PERCIEVE your environment with forming rational beliefs and calculations about the world. Fight or flight response can be triggered by an actual threat or a made up threat, thats up to you to figure out whats really a threat or not, if you believe its athreat you will respond as such, whether the belief is true to reality or not.
But meditation is about clearing everything off of your mind and inducing a state of relaxation, and when you become relaxed, safe and secure there are no threats, so no fight or flight. but you dont have to necessarily meditate to achieve this, but its a helpful to control your ability to become focused and relaxed as it compliments your entire health. But perhaps a better approach is to actually reslove what you are stressed out about and improve your perceptions or change your environment.
i remember reading a study that found low glutathione levels in people with acne, which is one of the bodys most powerful antioxidants, glutathione is derived from the amino acid cysteine so im wondering if stress could mess with neurotransmitters which lead to depression and insomnia, could it also be affecting the cysteine, glutathione pathway?? also the genes that contribute to acne theoretically can be reversed with nac, which boosts glutathione, perhaps this is a link in which stress could lead to acne, the specific gene is nf-kappa b which is also linked to other diseases, and i read that stress is supposed to be the main contributer to 75% of all diseases, of course thats just some statistic i read on some site. stress burns up cystiene and lowers the bodys glutathione, which initiates nf-kappa b, hypothetically of course.
#1.critical nutritional issues- b12(three forms exist), Calcium(yogurt, cheese or calcium phosphate supps) and vitamin d(sun or supps not to exceed 1000 iu). heme iron-most absorbable from meat only, clams are high. these are the most difficult vitamins to get and absorb. All others or about the same in difficulty in absorption. MAgnesium in our food supply is generally low as well, try natural calm supps.
#2 Fats- monounsaturated should dominate(olives), followed by polyunsaturated plant sources(nuts) but not if you have acne. the health benefits of fish oil and fish are controversial and i dont consume them due to mercury contamination and immune supression avoid processed fats if possible.
#3 Protein/amino acids- dairy and eggs best sources for tryptophan and methionine which convert to powerful antioxidants melatonin and glutathione.
#4 Carotenoids- alpha- beta carotene, beta cryptoxanthin, lutein zeaxanthin, astaxanthin. these are vital to human nutrition, carrots, butternut squash, pumpkin, chili pepper and cayenne pepper are the best sources.
#5 Regularity-BM at least once a day, Moist, large stools, 1 piece ideal, no maldigestion, no floating stools indicative of maldigested fat. HOW- insoluble fiber- wheat and cooked vegetables. soluble fiber-oats/ good bacteria ferment soluble fiber making short chain fatty acids that inhibit pathogens.
#6 Circadian cycles-Light, get up with the sun, and expose your entire body to it. darkness-melatonin is released upon the sensing of absolute darkness. sleep in a pitch black room, try to ensure 10 hours total darkness, wear sunglasses before bed. do not eat too late at night.
#7 Desirable physiological states(positive moods/emotions) do precisely what you like and what feels good to you, but not regardless of consequences, just from a perspective that, you own your life, and can determine precisely what you do with it and need not answer or ask of permission from anyone,achieving maximum autonomy and self government.