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Hack my pantry/fridge: essentials for neurotransmitter and hormone function

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 17, 2012 at 7:17 PM

I have had some very recent epiphanies! Success!

I feel that early on in my paleo experimentation I was working more on metabolic issues...I've lost 30 lbs and no longer suffer the very wide-range of food cravings, sugar crashes, need to constantly have food available, etc... I mean I still have potato chip issues sometimes, but 95% of my food issues are gone.

NOW! I have been working on lifelong neurotransmitter/hormone problems (low energy, pms, anxiety, depression, agitation, moodswings, skin issues, lack of a sense of well-being). Reading lots on here and elsewhere and things are starting to sort of consolidate and make sense in my head over time. For now I'm eliminating dairy and really focusing on fats. I'm finally ready to fine-tune omega3/6 ratios and eliminate sunflower oil, inflammatory oils.

I still find some of this confusing. My main concern is that I want to make sure I'm including all of the ESSENTIAL (or at least very helpful) ingredients for proper hormone and neurotransmitter balance and function. Some of you may have an eagle eye for this sort of thing? Please let me know if you see anything to remove or add.

I'd like to include: pastured eggs coconut oil kerrygold butter pastured liverwurst bone marrow dark greens (kale, arugula, spinach, collards) broccoli carrots grassfed beef,lamb sweet potatoes potatoes fish, esp sardines shellfish blackberries cherries artichokes asparagus green tea

supps: vit d, magnesium (probably a multi-mineral), vit b6/b12, progesterone cream

not sure about: chicken bone broth with added pastured beef cartilage should I have uncured bacon in this scenario? avocado? borage oil, krill oil, flax oil? I also like Larabars (almonds).

But that list is the basics of what I plan to eat. Is it diverse enough? Any suggestions that fit with my plan that are not here?

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on July 21, 2012
at 10:55 PM

Dave, yes, I should think about Iodine.

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on July 18, 2012
at 07:03 PM

Think about a source of iodine - seaweed is a good one. Iodine is important for thyroid and it also helps fight infections. (According to Paul Jaminet)

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on July 18, 2012
at 01:39 AM

Wow, thanks for sharing that experience.

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on July 18, 2012
at 12:38 AM

Hi Heather. Supposedly, the only GABA that crosses is PharmaGABA by Thorne. Its penibut and is trademarked. Its the only one I've ever taken and it was prescribed to me for that exact reason (that is crosses the BBB and others do not). You do know you can have your Nts tested right? Some people think its a crock and it might be (or not). For me it was exactly what I suspected when I did the test and when I took Nt support and re-tested it was all normal so.... I used Sanesco Lab.

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on July 18, 2012
at 12:28 AM

Thanks. I appreciate the neurotransmitter support suggestions also. I'm still confused on GABA b/c some ppl say it won't cross the BBB, but I do have a gaba sublingual I use occassionally that has some of the other nice aminos in it (glycine, tyrosine, taurine). I'm def gonna check out the EFT.

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on July 18, 2012
at 12:24 AM

Plus I'm completely eliminating beer.

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on July 18, 2012
at 12:22 AM

Oh, and potato chips in safflower/sunflower oil usually. I heart those.

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on July 18, 2012
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VB, have been eating bacon and eggs, more beef muscle meat than organ, some olive oil, cheese, as well as some of the do's from my post. Over the last week or two have been gearing everything toward what I have outlined above though, and as of today am compliant with it. Today I found some good quality free range eggs at the farmer's market and some decently priced grassfed lamb shanks, organic root vegetables etc...

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on July 17, 2012
at 08:00 PM

Thanks so much for the analysis. And another great link!

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at 07:19 PM

What are you eating now?

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on July 17, 2012
at 09:23 PM

Good for you Heather!

Remember too that the "building blocks" of neurotransmitters are (mostly) amino acids (protein) so make sure you are eating a lot of protein. I personally would shoot for 1gram a day per pound of desired body weight and I would eat that in 4 separate meals, or three meals. I prefer four myself.

After you do all of this and if you still need help there are really good products for neurotransmitter support. They have helped me a lot and others I know. PharmaGaba, 5htp and L-dopa (mucuna pruiens) are very helpful if you need more direct help after doing all the dietary and lifestyle changes and EFT.
I have two friends who love EFT.

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on July 18, 2012
at 12:28 AM

Thanks. I appreciate the neurotransmitter support suggestions also. I'm still confused on GABA b/c some ppl say it won't cross the BBB, but I do have a gaba sublingual I use occassionally that has some of the other nice aminos in it (glycine, tyrosine, taurine). I'm def gonna check out the EFT.

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on July 18, 2012
at 12:38 AM

Hi Heather. Supposedly, the only GABA that crosses is PharmaGABA by Thorne. Its penibut and is trademarked. Its the only one I've ever taken and it was prescribed to me for that exact reason (that is crosses the BBB and others do not). You do know you can have your Nts tested right? Some people think its a crock and it might be (or not). For me it was exactly what I suspected when I did the test and when I took Nt support and re-tested it was all normal so.... I used Sanesco Lab.

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on July 18, 2012
at 01:39 AM

Wow, thanks for sharing that experience.

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on July 17, 2012
at 07:44 PM

Looks pretty good. I'd do Magnesium glycinate capsules rather than a multi mineral for better absorption. Mag Citrate if you have any constipation.

B6 & B12? No need if you are really eating all the foods you have listed.

Skip the plant oils & take 1000 mg Krill oil if you feel you need more O3 for any reason. Eating fatty wild-caught fish twice a week with the diet you are describing is a better way than supplements to get more O3. Canned salmon with bones is a great way to get your calcium, too.

I'd add:

Oysters (canned in olive oil are fine) 2x a week or 50 mg Zinc picolinate if you suspect a deficiency. Do a zinc tally yest to find out for sure.

Get your D3 level tested & sun/supplement to 60-80 ng/ml.

Also, some emotional support may be useful--EFT can be helpful for all the symptoms you mentioned.

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on July 17, 2012
at 08:00 PM

Thanks so much for the analysis. And another great link!

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