Vitamins For Depression – It’s Time To Feel Better!

Few things adversely affect the quality of life like a struggle with depression. This I know all too well. I’ve been prescribed Paxil, Zoloft, Prozac, and Effexor. They helped a little, but left me more apathetic than anything.

I wasn’t a fan of the side effects, either. I experienced odd tingling sensations and unquenchable thirst. I believed that going the pharmaceutical route to relieve my anxiety and depression symptoms was merely trading one evil for another.

As I dove head-first into the world of nutrition and supplementation, the truth emerged before my eyes like a phoenix rising from the ashes. Depression, along with anxiety, is primarily caused by our brain’s inability to manufacture certain hormones and neurotransmitters like dopamine, serotonin, and melatonin.

Depression is also perpetuated by an inability of the brain to transform glucose (blood sugar) into fuel.

Your brain wants to do these things for you, but (if you’re suffering from depression) it can’t.

Why not?

One simple answer: Vitamin Deficiency

The biggest deficiency is that of the B-Complex vitamins. Deficiencies of vitamins B1 (thiamine), B3 (niacin), B5 (pantothenic acid), B6 (pyridoxine), and B12 are the biggest offenders. Vitamins C and D will also contribute to depression, if not in ample supply.

A mineral deficiency also contributes in a big way. The biggest of these are:

So is it really that simple? All we have to do is provide our bodies with an abundance of these vitamins & minerals and our depression will suddenly vanish? We just eat the right foods, take the right supplements, and we’re cured, just like that?

To some degree, yes.

There are obviously psychological factors you will need to address. By no means am I qualified to give any psychological or psychiatric advice. I would encourage you to seek out some type of therapy or counseling from a mental health professional.

However, if you make a few dietary shifts and implement a consistent, effective supplementation regimen, you will, at the very least, notice some tremendous improvements in your overall outlook on life. You will feel more alive and vibrant than perhaps you ever have.

For starters, if you smoke or drink, try your very best to quit. At the very least, minimize your intake, if you feel you are able to do so. Nicotine, alcohol, refined sugar, and caffeine destroy B vitamins faster than anything. So the higher the degree to which you avoid ingesting these things, the better your results will be.

Next, supplement. Take an all natural, whole-food multivitamin. Make sure it’s plentiful in vitamins B, C, and D, as well as chelated versions of the minerals listed above. If it contains probiotics and nutritional enzymes, even better. This should fulfill your vitamin requirements for depression, but if you’d like additional B vitamin support, feel free to seek that out, as well.

I also very strongly encourage you to pick up a powerful, natural antioxidant formula. If one of its ingredients is the acai berry, it is a definite winner! This will do away with any free radicals that may be hanging around trying to compromise the effectiveness of your vitamin intake.

In addition, St. John’s Wort is an herbal supplement that is widely known to help with mood issues. I recommend taking it daily as an extra measure.

Make sure your supplements are, in fact, of the natural, whole-food variety. Synthetics suck! Avoid them. Get your vitamins at either your local health food store or online, from a company that deals exclusively with natural products.

Also, be sure to hydrate (4 to 6 liters of purified water daily), move your body in fun ways (dance, jump, skip, etc.), and SMILE! Think about all the great things in your life. If nothing seems great, imagine things being exactly the way you want them to be. How would that feel?

Again, I’m a nutrition consultant, not a mental health professional, so I won’t delve to deep into the mental aspects of depression. I can testify, however, with great confidence and enthusiasm, that the two worlds (mental and physical) do go hand in hand, and they have a significant effect on one another.

Bottom line, be good to yourself. Eat right, think sweet, play nice, love whole-heartedly, and for the sake of your health and sanity, take your vitamins! I assure you, if they’re the right kind, they will change your life!

My very best wishes for you. Thanks for reading.

Dark Chocolate Health Benefits: American Heart Association Reports Dark Chocolate Helps Heart

If you love chocolate there is great news concerning the benefits of dark chocolate. The answer to the question, “Is dark chocolate good for you?” is coming to you now from the elite Harvard Medical School. Dark chocolate health benefits have actually been identified and confirmed. As reported by the American Heart Association(AHA) scientific journal news release dated Aug. 17, 2010, lower risks of heart failure are actually associated with eating occasional dark chocolate.

Experts warn, however, moderation is they key. Murrray Mittleman, M.D.,Dr.P.H. and director of the Cardiovascular Epidemiology Research Unit at Harvard Medical School’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston says ” If you’re going to have a treat, dark chocolate is probably a good choice, as long as it’s in moderation.”

The reason for moderation is, although the benefits of dark chocolate are clear from scientific studies, the consequences of consuming too much fat and too many calories must be weighed in as well.

What To Watch Out For Is Saturated Fat

What to look out for is the amount of saturated fat and sugar we consume with any type of sweets and chocolate products including dark chocolate. Be aware there is unsaturated fat and then there is the less desirable saturated fat. Dark chocolate health benefits actually come, in part, from its unsaturated fat component. The unsaturated fat in chocolate actually helps raise good HDL cholesterol levels and that is good for the heart.

The Fat Content Of America’s Most Popular Chocolate Bar

Hershey’s Special Dark’s suggested serving size is 3 blocks for the large 6.8oz(192 grams) size bar. The total fat per serving in 3 blocks is 11 g of which 7g is saturated fat.

How Much Daily Fat Do We Need?< The average adult needs about 2,000 calories each day. The American Heart Association's Nutrition Committee strongly advises, based on this number of calories consumed, that the average sedentary adult limit total fat intake to less than 16 g saturated fat and total fat in the range of 50 to 70 grams total daily. People that are active can actually consume more fat and calories with less negative consequences because of their generally higher metabolism rates and their need for more calories. By routinely exercising, eating fruits and vegetables and drinking at least eight glasses of water daily our bodies tend to burn more fat calories and flush more of the excess fat from the system. How Much Hershey Special Dark Is Too Much? Based on the AHA's fat intake recommendation sedentary adults should stick to eating no more than two servings of Hershey Special Dark. This would be two servings of 3 blocks each of the large 6.8oz bar in a single day. In terms of saturated fat, this would contain 2 X 7g = 14grams of saturated fat content. This is within healthy daily limit guidelines (16 grams) for daily saturated fat consumption. Keep in mind this allows for only another 2 grams of saturated fat from other sources in the diet for that day for sedentary people. Other than saturated fat, the main negative with many store bought brands of chocolate is the high sugar content per serving. Observing the nutritional labeling of the Hershey Special Dark Chocolate bar we see that it is composed of one half sugar. This is based on each 36 gram serving having 18 grams of sugar. With this said, by all means enjoy dark chocolate health benefits but you may want to consider less sugary brands in doing so.

Penis Health Care – Should Women Take Control

There is nothing more disappointing than being in the mood for some fun with your partner and then discovering that his equipment just isn’t available. It is not so much a matter of him not being able to perform, but more an issue of him having dry penis skin, which can cause a loss of penile sensitivity. In addition to dry skin a man can develop, as a result of frequent masturbation, red, irritated penis skin which looks unsightly and can be a turn-off, but it can also lower a man’s libido with him left feeling embarrassed and possibly inadequate.

Therefore, it could be time for women to take control and help their men with the care of their guy’s penis so that they have more fun in the bedroom and eliminate any health issues, such as loss of penis sensitivity. This can be done by using a penis health creme that can restore damaged penis skin to a healthy state. In fact, any creme which contains penis specific vitamins, minerals and essential amino acids can make dry penis skin and red, irritated penis skin soft and silky to the touch. This, in turn, then increases sensitivity and makes fun in the bedroom much more exciting for the guy and gal..

Causes of dry penis skin and red, irritated penis skin and loss of penile sensitivity

There are many causes for red, irritated penis skin. However, most people assume that this is related to STDs or other illnesses, rather than everyday activity. So, while STDs do cause epidermal issues, the majority of the time penile skin conditions are the result of a lack of care or an inability to notice changes.

The 8 most significant dry penis skin and red, irritated penis skin causes are as follows:

1. Failure to use a lubricant during sex — intercourse and masturbation

2. The wearing of underwear that rubs or chafes the skin

3. An allergic reaction to a new soap or washing powder

4. A skin condition such as psoriasis or eczema

5. A change in skin PH levels

6. Use of a latex product such as gloves or a condom

7. A skin infection such as thrush; and

8. An inflammatory disease such as Balanitis

The solution for dry penis skin and red, irritated penis skin and loss of penile sensitivity

The best way to solve the problem of dry, red and irritated penis skin is to find out what is causing the problem. This means that a process of elimination may need to be used so that the irritant can be found.

Follow these three steps to find a solution for dry penis skin:

Firstly, have your guy abstain from sexual activity of any kind, including masturbation. This will allow the dry penis skin time to heal naturally and stop any permanent skin damage from occurring.

Secondly, begin using a penis specific moisturizer that allows for skin rejuvenation. This product should contain penis specific vitamins and minerals, which help damaged skin cells to repair themselves and increase penis skin elasticity and sensitivity. These essential ingredients are as follows:

1. Vitamin A – contains antibacterial properties that prevent infection;

2. Vitamin B5 – increases and maintains cell metabolism;

3. Vitamin C – increases collagen production which increases skin elasticity;

4. Vitamin D – enables cell function and fights illness;

5. Vitamin E – reduces skin redness and dryness;

6. Acetyl L Carnitine – an enzyme that reduces capillary damage;

7. Alpha Lipoic Acid – a powerful antioxidant that reduces ageing;

8. L–arginine – enhances penis sensitivity; and

9. Shea Butter – rejuvenates skin cells.

Of course, the greatest advantage of using a penis creme is the application of the product. This is best done after showering and drying the penis, and can be an enjoyable task that a partner carries out on a regular basis.

Thirdly, consider what new products have been used or what activities have been carried out just prior to the dry penis skin being noticed. For example, if a new soap was used then stop using this soap. Work through this process until the cause of the problem is found.