Blood Sugar Imbalance And Depression

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The Sugar-anxiety Connection You Need To Know About

It’s easy to consider anxiety and other mental health problems a completely separate issue than your physical health. But in reality, the way you feel mentally can be directly correlated to how you feel physically and even more importantly—what you're putting in your body. Excess sugar, in particular, is one of the biggest contributors to a poor mental state. Anxiety and depression often go hand in hand. For some people, it's more anxiety; for others it's predominantly depression, but they are highly connected. People are often given SSRI medications, which prevent the reuptake of serotonin and make more serotonin available for your brain. When these medications were developed, it was believed that anxiety and depression were caused by low levels of serotonin. But now further research has found that high, not low levels of serotonin are, in fact, making anxiety levels worse for many people. Guess what also raises serotonin levels? Sugar. If you struggle with anxiety, it's possible that every time you eat sugar you're contributing to the neurochemical reaction of anxiety and further perpetuating the issue. Mary Poppins wasn't too far off when she sang "a spoonful of sugar helps Continue reading >>

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  1. henkesand

    About six months ago, i started getting anxiety. At first, it was just annoying but after a while, it started getting more intense. The anxiety was so strong i fell into a very agitated form of depression. I could constantly hear my heart pounding in my chest, had anxiety and feelings of hopelessness and dread 24/7. I was so tired and wired i could barely stand up straight. I felt like i was walking around a haze.
    I cooperated with my GP, we did a full physical (including checking stuff like Thyroid and Celiac) which turned up nothing. She wanted to put me on Remeron (Mirtazapin), but i turned it down to pursue other solutions first.
    At first, i tried raising Serotonin using 5-htp, Tryptophan and eventually St John's Wort. No effect what so ever - except for one or two times when 5-htp made me almost euphoric, leading me to suspect my problem was indeed Serotonin, some way or another. I then tried raising GABA using L-Theanine, GABA, Valerian, Passion Flower etc. No effect. None. I then tried the catecholamines, using L-Tyrosine. This helped. Tyrosine managed to almost cure my anxiety, but it always came back.
    I thought long and hard about this and finally realized that since i would always bounce right back from the relief Tyrosine gave me, there might be something that i was doing in my everyday life that was the cause. I started by quadruple-checking my diet and that's when it dawned on me.
    On a normal day, i had on avarage 4 glasses of orange juice/apple juice which apparently contain more sugar than Coca-Cola. I hadn't even thought about it before. My entire depression/anxiety was nothing but low blood sugar, prompting my body to release adrenaline and cortisol, surpressing my serotonin, causing a highly agitated anxiety/depression. Tyrosine lowers cortisol and therefore helped. Insanely stupid. I was reading countless of books on advanced neuro-chemistry and my problem was fucking sugar-intake.
    I stopped sugar in every form, even fruit temporarly. I also had a Smoothie every morning consisting of protein powder, three raw eggs and coconut milk which kept me steady through the day. I also supplemented blood sugar-balancing Chromium (400 percent RDI), through a Multivitamin.
    It took about a week, and then i was back in the game. I'm now feeling pretty good and getting my life back together. I'm finding my way back to the blissful-state i usually experience, due to my morning meditation.
    I thought i would share this, if you are also suffering from depression/anxiety and are not responding to treatment, blood sugar might be something worth looking into.
    Any advice anyone has for me to help me on my road to full recovery is also greatly appreciated. I'm currently pretty worried that i might have done some lasting damage to my adrenals but hope not. Peace.

  2. OilofOregano

    This is a controversial topic that will garner a degree of down vote attention but since you've asked for any information that might assist you on your road to recovery, I'm going to bring up the issue of candida albicans.
    It's effectively a bacterial overgrowth in the lower intestines caused by over-consumption of antibiotics and/or sugar throughout one's life, which by itself is technically benign (and present natively in low levels), but when 'overgrown' its waste products are highly toxic and include things like acetylaldehyde. All of its toxic byproducts produce textbooks effects of anxiety/depression and their related symptoms such as cardiovascular, cognitive, and metabolic difficulties.
    As it is the waste products in particular to be worried about, these symptoms usually spike in relation to meals, particularly high-carbohydrate meals (of which simple sugar is the most 'candida-inducing'). There is a whole lot of bullshit and misinformation around the internet regarding candida, so I'd recommend wearing some thick spectacles and taking everything with a mountain of salt. I can just say I've personally dealt with the spectrum of symptoms candida sufferers seem to share, of which the recommended treatment completely alleviated over the course of a few months.
    Let me know if you'd like any more information or pointers in the right direction!

  3. hot_rats_

    The science on testing is sketchy but I believe it is a good theory. I would generally say, the gut biome is a diverse competition that has evolved in symbiosis. Since metabolism basically starts there, and houses the immune system and neurotransmitters, it would stand to reason that a modern diet could knock that out of balance and have negative effects. And candida by its chemical role seems like a good candidate for that.

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