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      Quote Originally Posted by Coast2 View Post
      Running and, or, the gym is brilliant for boosting serotonin levels.

      Foods high in serotonin are turkey, lamb, eggs, beef and chicken.
      That's right, however you also need to eat complex carbohydrates at different times like pasta, wholemeal etc for the serotonin to kick in

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      Quote Originally Posted by mark15 View Post
      Hello there, yes i had a similar experience with SSRI's, mania, intense anxiety and suicide inpulses, so i stay off them now. I changed to a similar program of running, green tea, vitamins and fish oil and noticed a good shift in mood as well and some meditation. I let the diet and running slip when i had the flu and over christmas unfortunately and my mood and sleeping has just plummeted, but this has reminded me to get back on it, so thankyou for that. Part of the problem is when i start to feel better, i ease off on the routine so must keep it up. I am off for a run and dig out those vitamins! Happy New Year !
      I am happy to have helped you
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      There's a book called Potatoes Not Prozac which is about boosting serotonin and tryptophan. It gives advice what to eat and what times. For example, eating potato a little while before bed is said to increase tryptophan which is a precursor to serotonin (I think - don't quote me on that - it means something like that anyway!)
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      Quote Originally Posted by Nikita View Post
      Hello fireman80

      I applaud your methods and agree,while I don't encourage people to cut their medicines out cold turkey without advice from their GP,I really think your way of healing your illness works best.I also made changes to my diet and started taking vitamin supplements, I take all the B complex, vit C,vitD etc and also gingseng and CQ10 and others like fish oils omega 3.I eat a lot of fruit and vegetables and drink green tea a lot as well as ginger tea and I eat lots of garlic and herbs,I also drink fennel tea.

      I think you are doing all the right things reducing tobacco intake,and alcohol and getting some exercise.

      Sharing our experiences on here helps a a lot, we can help each to heal by sharing what works for us.You will like this forum,we are helpful to each other and caring,friendly and understanding.
      Welcome again and a Happy New Year to you and yours.Nikitax
      Thanks Nikita and a happy new year to you too.
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      Quote Originally Posted by RubyGloom View Post
      There's a book called Potatoes Not Prozac which is about boosting serotonin and tryptophan. It gives advice what to eat and what times. For example, eating potato a little while before bed is said to increase tryptophan which is a precursor to serotonin (I think - don't quote me on that - it means something like that anyway!)
      There is definitely a lot that can be done naturally.
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      Quote Originally Posted by RubyGloom View Post
      There's a book called Potatoes Not Prozac which is about boosting serotonin and tryptophan. It gives advice what to eat and what times. For example, eating potato a little while before bed is said to increase tryptophan which is a precursor to serotonin (I think - don't quote me on that - it means something like that anyway!)
      Ive read that book - it's excellent. Very informative with good recipe suggestions also.
      It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is strength and there is beauty.

      Maya Angelou
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      Dear All, yesterday I had a terrible day and decided to start the meds. I thought I should let you know. Today was bad too but it takes 3 weeks for the effect to kick in according to my doctor.

      I still believe in boosting serotonin naturally where possible,in my case at the moment, sadly, this is not sufficient.
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      Quote Originally Posted by fireman80 View Post
      Dear All, yesterday I had a terrible day and decided to start the meds. I thought I should let you know. Today was bad too but it takes 3 weeks for the effect to kick in according to my doctor.

      I still believe in boosting serotonin naturally where possible,in my case at the moment, sadly, this is not sufficient.
      It is important to recognise that meds are necessary sometimes.

      I believe that in the vast majority of mild to moderate depressions food, exercise and social interactions can work as well as, if not better than the drugs. But with severe depressions or other serious MIs eating, exercise and social interactions can become almost impossible to maintain with any continuity - it is here the meds help. As you regain mental health then you can find the momentum to cook, the motivation to exercise and the confidence to socialise again.
      It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is strength and there is beauty.

      Maya Angelou
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      Quote Originally Posted by Coast2 View Post
      It is important to recognise that meds are necessary sometimes.

      I believe that in the vast majority of mild to moderate depressions food, exercise and social interactions can work as well as, if not better than the drugs. But with severe depressions or other serious MIs eating, exercise and social interactions can become almost impossible to maintain with any continuity - it is here the meds help. As you regain mental health then you can find the momentum to cook, the motivation to exercise and the confidence to socialise again.
      Yes, probably. Today was a good day, seems like the meds are working although they should take 3 weeks to kick in. I will give them some time and see how it goes.
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      Quote Originally Posted by fireman80 View Post
      Yes, probably. Today was a good day, seems like the meds are working although they should take 3 weeks to kick in. I will give them some time and see how it goes.
      I'm glad you had a good day, let's hope the game changes with your meds and you have far more good days than you do bad.
      It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is strength and there is beauty.

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