I’ve been doing a lot of research on chemicals in the brain whilst I can’t sleep tonight/this morning and have discovered that many of us with Fibromyalgia and OCD/Anxiety can suffer from Serotonin Defiency. It sounds daft as obviously that’s known to link with a drug known as MDMA (which is very dangerous.)
Serotonin is a chemical that your body produces that’s needed for your nerve cells and brain to function normally. Severe cases report fever and seizures and can be fatal if not treated in time.
So it does seem to play a part especially in absorption issues, mental health and obsessive compulsions, insomnia, cravings for sweet and starchy foods, irritability/loss of the feeling of joy and hormone issues/imbalances. Many also experience migraines that can last a few days.
It’s best to get these levels up naturally just by doing what comes natural to you like walking or being in the sunlight more (if you aren’t on any medication such as Humira or Azothioprine/Mecaptipurine.) Diet wise having eggs, cheese, nuts, Turkey and salmon can help too but do bare in mind if you are lactose intolerant that the dairy part may not work for you, the same as fish allergies like myself! Lastly de-stressing plays a rather large factor and is pretty important.
When you think about it, not much is needed to keep these chemicals balanced. However it may not be as easy if you have hormone issues etc. From what I know best is that balanced serotonin levels keep you calm, happy and at peace and as someone who suffers from anxiety and having many of the symptoms it’s definitely something I will be talking to my health care team about.
I am never one of these people to deny or hide my past from people and I definitely think that due to bad lifestyle choices when I was younger, they may have contributed to it. Recreational drugs really are no laughing matter! It is becoming more and more dangerous with levels being the highest since 1990 and deaths from this is happening more often.
So if you suffer from any of the above or have made poor life style choices, have a think and see if this can benefit you (which I hope it can) and if you notice any difference then you know you made a good choice!
Untill my next blog, take care and please feel free to contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions!