Many people believe that stimulants for depression is a good choice. True, they feel their brain fog lift a bit, can focus a little better, and seem to have more energy. But here is what I see...
It is temporary...
and is causing more harm than good.
I believe one of the primary causes of depression is a lack of specific nutrients and neurotransmitters in the brain and body. Taking stimulants for depression is a sure fire way to amp you up for a moment, but guess what it uses up in the process...
More of your vital nutrients and neurotransmitters!
It is only a matter of time before you are all "used up" and have a hard time replenishing your stores. This only means you become more depressed in the long run.
*If you are curious about the
symptoms of depressions, click here.
How Does This Occur?
I will highlight a few different things that can lead down this road of destruction:
• We live in a world where there are more toxins than ever floating around in the air you breathe, water you drink, and even in the food you eat. There is no getting away from it. We also live in an incredibly high-stress time which takes its toll on your adrenals and body as well. These 2 things together set your body up for toxicity issues, as under stress your detoxification pathways become impaired. You know it, stimulants for depression make this problem worse.
Toxic body = Toxic Mind.
• Digestive Issues
You can think of your bowel as a "waste treatment system". Now, that is a great thing to have as many of us put lots of toxins in our body, known and unknown. However, with time, neglect and abuse, your bowel becomes a cesspool of sludge. This sludge does not move out very well due to stagnation, so don't kid yourself thinking you have frequent bowel movements and that is doing it.
It is sticking to the walls of your insides and mucking up the functionality of your digestion and immune system. Stimulants for depression may make your bowels move more often, but they tend to be loose and watery, a clear indication of toxicity.
There are a number of things to look for to recognize whether or not your bowels are healthy. Check out the Digestive Questionnaire to see how yours is actually doing.
If your bowels are not working properly you could be creating auto-intoxication. This is a process where the toxins that are stuck in your gut poison your body. Auto-intoxication may not be easily recognizable, but if you have some of the following symptoms you may want to get checked:
• Poor Concentration
• Aches and Pains
• Skin Issues
Many people today have Leaky Gut Syndrome as a result of eating Genetically Modified Foods, so you can see how easy it could be for said toxins to leak right into your body where all your immune alarms are on red alert.
When you are under a great deal of stress your adrenal glands are on over-drive. They are the tiny glands that help your body handle stress. Yet when they are stressed for long periods of time, bad things happen. And I will say it again, stimulants for depression make this problem worse.
Yep, they stress your adrenals.
Your adrenals produce cortisol, and cortisol, a fat-storing hormone, reduces bone formation, which in turn, leads to long-term osteoporosis; it reduces calcium absorption in the intestines, and moves potassium out of cells in exchange for more sodium, which makes you feel bloated. This kind of ion exchange also prevents the appropriate exchange of nutrients into the cells, and prevents the release of toxins out of the cells.
Long term exposure to cortisol damages cells in your brain in an area called the hippocampus, which in turn results in impaired learning. It also inhibits memory retrieval of already stored information.
...Have you been feeling
A recent study reported in Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine suggests that cortisol significantly decreases the serum concentration of folate and cobalamines, which are both in the B Vitamin group. B Vitamins are essential in helping you maintain good mental health.
You can read that study here.
As you can see, there is a huge impact on your body in the presence of cortisol, and likely, you are not able to control it at will or simply with eating a better diet.
I mean, you've tried that already, right?
All in all, stimulants for depression are not a great way to go.