How to Beat Anxiety, Depression & Panic Attacks TODAY!

Hi everyone, Crystal Chester here –
Functional and Clinical Dietitian. If this is your first time joining us, thank
you! Please subscribe to this channel as I come on every week giving you guys
different tips or recipes to help you live the healthiest life you can in the
easiest way possible. Today we are talking about serotonin because
serotonin is such an important thing when it comes to a positive mood, getting
restful sleep, including libido or memory and learning, and all of that.
If you’re deficient in serotonin it can really suck the life out of, well, your
life. Now contrary to what people used to think – we used to think that most
serotonin was made in the brain, because serotonin is a neurotransmitter. And we
always thought neurotransmitter you know we think: brain. Because that’s the
hub of the central nervous system. But we’re finding out what scientists
call, we have a “second brain” it’s what we call our gut. It talks to the brain through
the gut-brain axis. That’s why gut-health is so important!
And if we have any problems in the gut like dysbiosis, meaning there’s an
imbalance between good bacteria and bad bacteria there can be deficiencies or
issues that way or if maybe you’ve had any trauma to your gut or maybe you’ve
even had surgery. Those can be problems as well. Now how you know your serotonin
deficient…. Well, just look at some of the signs and symptoms. One of the
easiest way is to look at all of your favorite things in life. Like your
favorite things to do, like your hobbies or your favorite people, your favorite
relationships or your favorite foods for sure, If like if I were to ask you, “What’s
your favorite food? If you could eat anything in the world, what would it be?”
And you can’t really think of anything out of all the things you can eat,
everything just kind of sounds “Meh” that’s a sign that you’re serotonin deficient. And
all those fun things you used to get such pleasure in – maybe you
had a hobby for years and it just seems to not really be that fun anymore. Or your
favorite friends or you know, your spouse or whoever is like your favorite
people. It doesn’t really seem that fun to hang out anymore.
Those are signs that your serotonin deficient. Also if you have any types of
feeling of like inner rage or just anger out of nowhere
or maybe you easily get overwhelmed with ideas to manage. Like you’re laying in
bed and your mind is just spinning. Or you really only have
two or three things to do and it’s just kind of overwhelms you – you kind of just
start getting anxiety that way. Those are all signs that you have a serotonin
deficiency. Or it could also mean that there’s something going on that your
serotonin is unable to fire. So you’re having the symptoms of
serotonin deficiency but serotonin is present just not able to fire
properly. Either way, there’s a problem there. Now, how to boost this naturally is
with targeted amino acids! Particularly tryptophan & 5-HTP. Now,
different functional practitioners kind of argue on which is the best to use. Do
you use tryptophan or 5-HTP. 5-HTP only has one step to cross the
blood-brain barrier and to turn into serotonin. Now tryptophan is two steps
away, so it has to go from tryptophan to
5-HTP then into serotonin. Depending on the patient that I have sometimes I will
use the combination of tryptophan and 5-HTP to cover transport and also the
conversion into serotonin. Now taking tryptophan and 5-HTP can increase
receptor site activity, it can ensure the breakdown of used serotonin and it can
also provide cofactors to the production of serotonin. That’s why so many people
whenever they are deficient in serotonin they take tryptophan or 5-HTP and they
start feeling better. But know this! If you do do this and you do feel better
that is only the 1st step in helping your serotonin production. Because don’t
cover it up! Don’t just say, oh I’m good now. No we have to find out why serotonin
isn’t working properly or why it is deficient. Some cofactors that could be
is iron. We can’t generate serotonin on our own, we have to get it in in foods
or in supplements. And tryptophan and 5-HTP can’t be converted into serotonin
if iron levels aren’t adequate. So if you’re anemic there’s a problem there
and it’s gonna affect your serotonin. Also blood sugar. Whether you’re
hyperglycemic or hypoglycemic that will affect serotonin production or activity
as well. I hope that makes sense. I hope you understand a little bit more about
serotonin and how you can relieve some of those and maybe do some of your own
research on kind of what’s going on with your body. To know more about me and my
practice please go to If you liked this video
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you guys have down below. Gut health is a huge topic when it comes to the hormones
and neurotransmitters in the gut it’s a big puzzle and it’s fun
talking about it, chewing on it, and learning more about it. Let me know
in the comments below. Thank you guys for watching, I’ll catch you next time!

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