Keto diet and antidepressants
As I am doing my research on biohacking a whole new world is showing itself. Human body is one magnificent thing and it should be taken care of with loads of love.
To find out what fits a certain person it is important to try different things. What fits my neighbor might not fit for me. But how on earth could I know. Purely by experimenting on different diets. Which means I should be measuring my blood sugar levels constantly and getting blood test to check whether I am getting all vital elements from my food. Or I could also just trust how I feel by understanding how are my energy energy levels throughout the day, am I motivated and clearly thinking.
Doing my research on different diets I have found reasoning for my choices very important. For that I want to know how human body works, how to maintain optimal energy and fitness levels. How to keep my brain in a very good condition, how to help my body keep itself young and fresh. And last but not least, I want to be mentally strong and clear.
Keto diet a magical weapon?
The more I read about ketogenic diet, my belief is growing stronger that high fat diet and intermitten fasting is the way to go. The “keto” in a ketogenic diet comes from the fact that it allows the body to produce small fuel molecules called “ketones”. This is an alternative fuel source for the body, used when blood sugar (glucose) is in short supply. This diet has shown so many benefits amongst people who have anxiety disorders, who have brain issues and who are overweight, but also for healthy people who want to be energized and happy. The ketogenic diet is becoming more and more popular amongst people who want to pursue longevity on a whole.
A ketogenic diet has helped stabilize blood sugar level as insulin is not peaking anymore and it has made the mood more stable and better in general. Of course there are many traps along the path that need to be avoided. A ketosis is a whole different system. Your body starts to consume fats as a main source of energy. So this has to be taken into account when choosing what to eat. As the fat percentage of the food needs to be about 70%, proteins about 25% and carbs around 5%. If you mess it up you are thrown out of ketosis and end up in a no man`s land. But don`t worry, you can check your ketosis level and get back on track. Also, when just starting your fat based diet, at first it takes about a week to reach the level of ketosis and meanwhile you will probably feel exhaustion and lack of energy.
Another theme thats need to be written about more closely is autophagy. It is closely related to keto diet and low carb intake. Autophagy is the natural, regulated mechanism of the cell that disassembles unnecessary or dysfunctional components. While on ketogenic diet it is possible to reach that state after a night of sleep and postponed breakfast – this means about 16 hours of fasting. Your body starts to clean itself from the unneccessary and this would happed every day in a small amount. But if you`re on high carb diet autophagy is not reached before 72 hours. And try fasting 72 hours.
Amino acids and their importance
What have been my great interest recently are amino acids. As these are the building blocks of our bodies aside water. Non-protein amino acids also have important roles as metabolic intermediates, such as in the biosynthesis of the neurotransmitter gamma-amino-butyric acid (GABA). Many amino acids are used to synthesize other molecules.
Why I want to write about it is to emphasize amino acid tryptophan. Tryptophan is a precursor of the neurotransmitter serotonin. Serotonin is a so called “happy chemical”. It is a contributor to feelings of well-being and happiness, modulating cognition, reward, learning, memory, and numerous physiological processes. So I would really want serotonin to reach my brain. People need to be more aware of this when dealing with all sorts of mental disorders. I whish I had known about it sooner.
The truth about antidepressants
Please be aware of the affect that the antidepressants have on the body. It is known that antidepressants affect the body’s level of serotonin. And for sure these mess you up. Here’s why anti-depressants are such a problem: they work in one of two ways – either by increasing the brain levels of serotonin or they block re-uptake of serotonin. That is why most of them are called “SSRI’s”, or Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors.
Serotonin is one of the important chemical messengers of brain cells; it regulates mood, emotion, social behavior, sleep, memory, learning and other functions. It is thought that people who suffer from depression have lower levels of serotonin in the brain. SSRI is an acronym for ‘Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor’, which is a class of drugs for the treatment of mental health conditions that includes some of the most commonly prescribed antidepressants. SSRIs are used to treat depression, anxiety disorders and other conditions such as Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Since SSRIs work by blocking the re-absorption of serotonin, more of it remains available for cells to use, causing the level of serotonin in the brain to increase over time. These SSRI’s cause a short term “flooding” of the brain with serotonin, as well as a very fast degrading or breaking down of serotonin as it is left to hang around in the synaptic cleft. As a result, not only are more and more levels of serotonin eventually required as serotonin receptors become desensitized to the constant flux of neurotransmitters, but there are also lower levels of naturally available serotonin as your biology begins to rely on external sources of the serotonin. When you do actually release your own serotonin, it winds up getting broken down far more quickly than normal, due to the fact that the enzymes in the synaptic clef have been “trained” to rapidly break down serotonin.
So you not only need constantly increasing dosages of anti-depressants, but you also end up depleting 40-60% of the serotonin receptors in your brain! In addition, the serotonin receptors in your liver, kidneys and colon can become damaged by anti-depressant use, which affects your delicate gut-brain balance and your regulation of appetite.
Of course there is a need to listen what the doctor is saying and use them when in highest need. But be very aware when and how much to take those. I am a firm believer a good diet can fix a lot of things.
Relating to keto diet, there is a theory that serotonin needs glycose for blood to brain transportation. And glycose comes from carbs. The others are saying glycose can diminish your absorption of proteins and minimal intake of carbs is good for you. And facts are showing that people on high fat diet have found relief with their problems.
The majority of our food is poisoned
What also really concerns me is the quality of food. Unfortunately most of it is poisoned. Meat is filled with antibiotics, fruit and vegetable is covered by pesticides and in worst cases injected with chemicals. This sounds very bad. Today at the grocery store I found myself standing in front of a vegetable counter for a long time without the ability to decide. To be honest, all of it is poisoned. Broccoli that otherwise would be really good for me is absolutely polluted, no doubt, avocados as well and so on.
That leads me to ecological stores where I would need to pay at least twice the price. But why on earth are we in this kind of situation where most of the population is eating poison. Most of them don`t even realise that. And maybe in this case ignorance is even good for you. Especially when there is no money to buy ecologically good products. And even then we can only hope the food is clean like they are saying.
Keep the love for your food no matter what!
This makes me think that even if I am made to eat food that is polluted I have to eat it with the best emotions possible. I must fill it with good thoughts. I must think it does good for me. And I must believe it. I believe entirely that out thoughts have the power over everything. Of course it would be a big help if the food would be pure.
It is really important to see that a human being is a complex system which needs to be seen as a whole. As soon as one realizes that we have the power over ourselves, the change is just a matter of choice and discipline.