This next article is on Treating Chemical Imbalances Naturally and some insight and questions/tips you should be aware of.
Our bodies contain numerous chemicals, including enzymes, hormones, and neurotransmitters. A chemical imbalance may be caused as a result of injury, disease, aging, poor nutrition or chronic stress. When doctors and others refer to an imbalance in the body chemicals, they are usually talking about an imbalance in the brain’s chemical messengers or a neurotransmitter imbalance. Most medical researchers and providers believe that schizophrenia, depression and many other behavioral and mood disorders are a result of an imbalance in neurotransmitters, including issues with dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine. Doctors may prescribe psychotropic drugs to improve mood by balancing these neurotransmitters. There are also natural ways to establish and maintain healthy brain chemistry.
One of the best ways to improve brain chemistry naturally is to exercise. If you suffer from depression or anxiety, exercising can help you feel better. Exercise can help balance or stimulate the neurotransmitters or the numerous chemicals in the body. Most theorize that exercise helps ease anxiety and depression by releasing the brain chemicals that help us feel better, including endorphins, neurotransmitters, and endocannabinoids. Exercise can also help reduce the immune system chemicals that are thought to worsen depression and increase body temperature which typically has a calming effect.
Another natural way to help ease depression and anxiety is to eat more foods containing omega-3 fatty acids. These are an essential fat which means our bodies need them to function well, however our bodies cannot produce these fats. They must be absorbed by eating supplements or food. These fats are concentrated in the brain and are important for behavior and brain cognition, including performance and brain memory. Consuming between 1,000 and 2,000 milligrams every day helps relieve the symptoms of bipolar disorder, depression, attention deficit hyperactive disorder, and schizophrenia. Foods containing omega-3 fatty acids include fatty fish and other seafood, including salmon, tuna, and shrimp.
Another natural remedy for an imbalance in body or brain chemicals is to supplement Vitamin D. This vitamin is essential for several bodily functions, including a healthy immune response, calcium deficiency, and normal fluctuations in mood. A lack of Vitamin D has been linked to several mental disorders, including depression. Vitamin D is produced by the body when it is exposed to summer sunshine. It can also be found in some foods. You must be careful when getting exposure to the sunlight so it does not cause too much harm, but it is essential to get enough. You can also take Vitamin D supplements, making it a goal to take at least 1,000 IU every day. You can take up to 4,000 IU per day, if necessary.
Another treatment for a chemical imbalance is plant-based medicine. If you are experiencing anxiety or depression, you may want to consider plant-based therapy. Plant-based or herbal therapy has proven effective in treating panic attacks and severe depression. Effective plans include valerian root, kava kava, passionflower, St. John’s wort, ashwagandha root, and ginseng. These plants and herbs can serve as a natural antidepressant or sedative, impacting brain to reduce anxiety and stress.
Dealing with unbalanced hormones and chemicals in the body can be challenging. If none of these natural approaches works, you may need to consult with your medical provider.