Serotonin’s role in mental health

Serotonin’s role in mental health

Since we started our blog, one main focus has been to document the connection between mental health and nutrition. Dozens of studies have concluded that there’s a connection between a proper diet and positive mental health.

One possible reason for this link is that the body’s main neurotransmitters that regulate our mental health depend on the right balance of vitamins and minerals to provide the right conditions for their production and effectiveness.

Serotonin is one of those neurotransmitters. Continue reading

Allicia’s success story: autism

Allicia’s success story: autism

Living a life with autism, Allicia has always had difficulty learning and understanding the world around her. She had a panic attack on her 18th birthday because of a misunderstanding, and this led to bouts of depression, followed by a long line of medications. She couldn’t handle the side effect, which included large amounts of weight loss and gain, loss of bladder control, and tongue clicking. As a last ditch effort to help Allicia, who now wanted to take her own life, her doctor recommended Truehope. This is Allicia’s story: Continue reading

Strengthen your immune system with Truehope OLE

Strengthen your immune system with Truehope OLE

Do you want to naturally strengthen your immune system? Try Truehope OLE, a natural extract from the olive leaf, standardized to 17% oleuropein.

Oleuropein is a liquid extract made directly from fresh olive leaves and known for its antibacterial and antifungal properties. It gained international attention when American researchers presented that it had an antioxidant capacity almost double that of green tea extract and 400% higher than vitamin C1. Continue reading

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Antidepressants aren’t working, so let’s switch to healthy living

In 2012, Australian researchers published a paper in the Medical Journal Australia, investigating treatment options available for bipolar disorder, including pharmacological options.

Antidepressants lack proof

In their paper, the researchers claimed that medical professionals have a tendency to prescribe antidepressants for bipolar even though there is little evidence that clearly shows they’re effective.

Despite the absence of clear evidence for their effectiveness, antidepressants are widely prescribed for BD and are the most widely used medication class for the depressive phase of the illness.

Antidepressants may make things worse

Researchers conducted a meta-analysis on recent large-scale and rigorous trials, and they discovered that antidepressants had negative effects on the bipolar of people who used them.

A meta-analysis of the most recent, large-scale and rigorous trials found that they were discouragingly negative. The use of antidepressants in BD is therefore controversial, especially in the context of evidence that they can on occasion induce switching to mania or hypomania, aggravate the inherent cyclicity of the disorder, and trigger or worsen rapid cycling.

Doctors should use precaution

The researchers went on to suggest that antidepressents should be used with precaution and should not be nearly as widespread as they are:

Until more definitive data emerge, the precautionary principle should guide treatment, and use of prescribed antidepressants should be limited.

Switch to healthy living as a treatment

A better solution, the researchers claim, is to have an integrated treatment program that is tailored to each person, one that focuses on health living, including proper nutrition, exercise, and general wellness.

An integrated approach to psychosocial treatment focusing on nutrition, weight loss, exercise and wellness treatment has recently shown benefits in reducing depressive symptoms in a small number of patients with BD. This type of approach is the next logical step in the implementation of evidence-based interventions.

This is consistent with the stance Truehope has taken, that good mental health is dependent on a holistic approach to one’s life.