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POSTPARTUM FATIGUE DESCRIPTION
FATIGUE & DAILY CHORES
Even the fittest of women find they tire easily during the weeks and months after the baby's birth. Between recovering from the birth and the added stresses of caring for a newborn baby (and any other children in the household as well), it can be physically exhausting and mental stressing. Trying to take on too much, too soon, can exhaust you and make any emotional letdown even worse. Save your energy to care for yourself and your baby (and other children, if you have any). Alternate an hour of activity with an hour of resting with your feet up. Usually, by the end of the fourth week, you should be up to full activity, and in 2 to 3 months, you will feel altogether like yourself again. Here are some suggestions:
Get quality sleep whenever you can. If you wakeup feeling tired, it may be due to the frequent feedings of your baby and you not getting enough deeper levels of sleep. You may have to take a nap during the day (when the baby is napping) to help you with getting through your routine. Sleep when the baby sleeps. If this is not possible, at least put your feet up and close your eyes. Take any opportunity you can to rest, even when you have visitors. Your family and friends will understand and can entertain themselves. Take a Multimineral supplement with extra Calcium and Magnesium will help the body to have a deeper sleep experience.
If you are tired because of night feedings with your baby, you may consider having the baby next to your bed in his or her portable bed and taking him or her out and breastfeeding while laying down with the baby. I found that keeping my baby in bed with me over the first several weeks helped me with my nightly rest and helped with nightly feedings since my breast was at hand for the baby to latch onto. It was easy and convenient and really helped me in getting the rest I needed for my daily activities (I had 4 other children and my biggest kid, my husband, to take care of besides the newborn). I never had problems with rolling over on the baby or smothering him when he slept with me (common fears expressed for sharing your bed with the baby). I was always aware of him whenever he moved or squirmed or made any noise since I kept him next to me nestled underneath my arm, next to my body. The baby finds this soothing too since he can smell you and feel your body warmth. During the day I would have him in a sling next to my body or in his portable bed in the room I was working in. When he needed to feed I would take time out and sit in my rocking chair with him and take a breather from chores.
FATIGUE & DRIVING YOUR CAR
Although it is best to stay at home while recovering from the birth of your baby and taking care of your newborn, it may not always be possible. You may have errands to run, kids to drop off at school, shopping to do and may have no one to help you with these chores. It may be imperative that you have to drive your car and carry your baby with you in his carseat. Be sure that you are rested well enough for driving. Driving a short distance may not reveal any symptoms of drowsiness, but long distance driving, even a half-hour distance, can become life-threatening very quickly. If you need to get out and drive somewhere, if possible try to have someone else do the driving until you are better rested. If not, limit your driving to short runs only.
Drowsy driving is a serious occurrence and one that many people do not realize they are doing until they suddenly wake up and find they are rolling off the side of the road or crossing into oncoming traffic. Imagine driving down the road and suddenly realizing you do not remember the last few minutes of your trip or what signs or road markers you have passed. Think about you are driving and suddenly a car is honking because you are unknowingly veering into their lane of traffic. We often do not think about these things happeninge to us, but the only way to prevent it is to be well rested and prepared. Sixty percent of Americans have driven while feeling sleepy. Thirty-seven percent admit to actually having fallen asleep at the wheel in the past year.
Here are some signs that you should not be driving:
For more information see: The National Sleep Foundation.
- Difficulty focusing, frequent blinking, or heavy eyelids.
- Daydreaming, wandering or disconnected thoughts.
- Trouble remembering the last few miles driven, missing exits or traffic signs.
- Yawning repeatedly or rubbing your eyes.
- Trouble keeping your head upright.
- Drifting from your lane, tailgating, or hitting a shoulder rumble strip.
- Feeling restless and irritable.
FATIGUE AND BETTER NUTRITION
Make sure you eat a well rounded diet to keep your energy up. If you are breastfeeding, you need 600 more calories a day than when you are not breastfeeding. It is recommended you continue with your prenatal dietary guidelines after the birth of your baby and while you are breastfeeding your baby. Drink plenty of fluids (especially necessary if you are breastfeeding). Do not skip meals. Now is not the time to crash diet. You need food for fuel and to help your body to recover from giving birth. You may want to continue with your Prenatal Vitamins or take a good Multivitamin-Mineral Complex supplement.
Increase your intake of fresh fruits and vegetables. Eat a diet consisting of 75-percent raw foods, organically grown if possible (avoid foods that have been treated with pesticides and other sprays), plus lentils, beans, seeds, nuts, and whole grains, including brown rice and millet, and also non-acid forming fruit, such as bananas, all berries, peaches, apples, and melons. Raw foods are particularly important because cooking depletes foods of their vital enzymes.
SOME HEALTHY POSTPARTUM SNACK FOODS
Walnuts Dried Fruit Low-Fat Cheese Hard-boiled Eggs Trail Mix Grapes Raw Vegetables Hummus Dip Soups Whole-grain Crackers Cereals
Eat plenty of cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, and cauliflower. Also, consume yellow and deep-orange vegetables such as carrots, pumpkin, squash, and yams.
Consume plenty of live juices. Juicing is extremely beneficial for supplying nutrients. Green drinks made from leafy greens such as Kale, Spinach, Beet Greens & Beet Root Juice, and Carrots, should be consumed on a daily basis, with Garlic and OnionKyoGreen is an excellent green drink product that contains chlorophyll, protein, vitamins, minerals, and enzymes. Take this drink three time daily. Wheatgrass is a rich nutritional food and blood cleanser. It reduces abnormal cell growth and fights unfriendly bacteria.
MoonDragon's Nutritional Therapy: Juicing
Daily nutritional "smoothies" made of fresh fruits and vegetables as well as fresh juices are particularly good and beneficial and easy to digest. Supplemental nutrients, oils, Protein powders and extracts can be added to the juice or smoothie for easier intake and digestion.
Take your baby out for a walk around the block. Walking is good exercise. The fresh air will help you feel less tired, and combined with the movement it will help you both sleep better at night.
It is important to have a plan for help when you have your baby. This could be immediately after the baby is born at home or when you bring the baby home from the hospital. Have your partner/husband take a week off or have another family member or a friend(s) help as much as possible. If this is not available and you can afford outside help, some people (midwives, apprentice midwives, doulas, home health care providers) will frequently supply postpartum maternity home health care for fee. Even a few hours a day or a week will help you to catch up on rest and household duties. Believe me, the housework will wait for you and you should not be expected to be a "super mom."
Suggestions to give family or friends who offer to help:
- Provide a family meal.
- Watch the baby while you take a nap or shower.
- Feed the baby (if you are not breastfeeding).
- Babysit while you and your husband go out for a meal and spend a little "together time" with each other.
- Do grocery shopping, run errands, drive you to the midwife or health care provider appointments.
- Do household duties, such as cleaning, laundry, dishes, changing beds, etc.
- Spend quality time with other household children so you can rest and just take care of the new baby.
If you do not have friends or family that will help, limit their visitations or consider a ban on house guests. If you do not get along with a family member (such as your mother-in-law), do not invite them over. If the guest is more of a burden than a help, it is best to delay an extended visit.
OTHER REASONS FOR FATIGUE
Postpartum Depression: If you find that you cannot sleep, have lost interest in doing anything, and feel despairing, you could be suffering from postpartum depression. Call your midwife or health care practitioner for a referral to a therapist.
Anemia: Anemia may also cause fatigue. Have a simple blood test to determine hemoglobin and iron levels. If you were anemic during pregnancy or lost a lot of blood at delivery, your midwife or health care practitioner may advise to you to continue taking Prenatal Vitamins and separate Iron supplements. It is important you maintain a well-balanced nutritional diet after you give birth.
Hypothyroidism: Postpartum fatigue can sometimes be a symptom of an underactive thyroid gland, also known as hypothyroidism. A small percentage of women develop this condition four to eight months after giving birth. Talk to your health care provider or midwife if your fatigue gets worse around this time. Hypothyroidism is treatable. You can have a thyroid blood test done to determine blood levels (be sure to have the antibody test down with the rest of the thyroid (TSH - thyroid stimulating hormone) panel in case you have autoimmune hypothyroidism).
MoonDragon's Womens Health Information: Postpartum Depression
MoonDragon's Womens Health Information: Anemia Index
MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Hypothyroidism
MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Chronic Fatigue
RECOMMENDED SUPPLEMENT PRODUCTS
Green Foods Supplement Products Kyo-Green Supplement Products Iron Supplement Products Multimineral Complex Supplement Products Multivitamin Complex Supplement Products Prenatal Multinutrient Supplement Products Protein Supplement Products Wheatgrass Supplement Products
BENEFICIAL DIETARY SUPPLEMENTS
BOOSTING YOUR ENERGY
Use a Vitamin B Complex supplement to help you boost your energy. The stress-B vitamins are important during this time and a deficiency can cause a tired feeling. B vitamins relieve stress and depression.
Royal Jelly and Bee Pollen increase energy. Royal Jelly is a natural source of many nutrients and is the only food for the Queen Bee. It enables her to outlive worker bees thirty-fold.
Siberian Ginseng, also known as Eleuthero helps bronchial disorders and boosts energy. Caution: Do not use this herb if you have hypoglycemia, high blood pressure, or a heart disorder. Siberian Ginseng strengthens the adrenal and reproductive glands. It enhances immune function, helps prevent infection, promotes lung functioning and stimulates the appetite. It useful for bronchitis, circulatory problems, diabetes, infertility, lack of energy, and stress. There is some evidence that it can help ease withdrawal from cocaine, and help improve drug or alcohol induced liver dysfunction in older adults. Siberian Ginseng protects the body against the effects of radiation exposure. It is used by athletes for overall body strengthening. Siberian Ginseng is most effective in the treatment of prolonged exhaustion and debility, resulting from overwork and long-term stress. As a decoction take 35 ml of Siberian Ginseng 2 times a day for use as a general tonic. To take in tincture form, use 1/2 teaspoon with water 3 times a day. For other forms, read follow product label directions.
Red Panax Ginseng is often used to increase energy. This extract is made from 6 year old Red Ginseng roots plants which are a precious natural product growing in the Mountains of Chang Pai in northern China. Considered by traditional herbals as the king of herbs, ginseng's adaptogenic properties (how it helps and balances and restores the body and mind when dealing with stress related conditions) are prized by many. If you are nursing or pregnant, consult with your midwife or health care provider before taking ginseng.
REBALANCE YOUR HORMONES
Ginseng, Hops, Sarsaparilla and Blessed Thistle, when consumed in tea form, help rebalance hormones. Hormones are often in flux after a birth of a baby and you may need a little help for them to return to a level you can manage.
Licorice root may help with postpartum depression and aids in hormone balance. Do not use licorice on a daily basis for more than seven days in a row. Avoid it completely if you have high blood pressure.
EXHAUSTION & TENSION
Research has shown that Motherwort is able to calm palpitations and irregular heartbeat. It is used as a specific remedy for tachycardia caused by anxiety, and for all heart conditions that produce anxiety and tension. The glycosides in this herb have the short-term ability to lower blood pressure. Motherwort seeds are effective in stimulating a suppressed or delayed menstruation, and can ease dysmenorrhea, especially when there is anxiety or tension involved. It has also been used to ease false labor pains, and when taken as an infusion after childbirth, helps restore the uterus and reduce the risk of postpartum bleeding. Suggested Dosage or Use: Take 6 to 12 drops in liquid or under tongue, 1 to 3 times a day. Clear-minded, non-drowsy relief from the tension and confusion of overwhelming emotions is the promise of Motherwort. Use 5 drops of Motherwort tincture in a glass of water, repeated as needed. CAUTION: Excessive use of Motherwort tincture (more than four doses a day for several weeks) may cause you to become dependent on it.
STRESS, ANXIETY, RESTLESSNESS, NERVOUSNESS & SLEEP DISTURBANCE RELIEF
Hops flowers. Humulus lupulus is a strong seducer of sleep. Insomniacs will slump on the kitchen table with half a cup of Hops infusion still sitting beside them. Hops is also an excellent herb for increasing and enriching breast milk. It is helpful in relieving afterbirth pains. Unfortunately, the taste of Hops is acrid and unpalatable to many and the tincture does not seem to be as effective.
The use of Hops is recommended for discomfort due to restlessness or anxiety and sleep disturbances. Hops has been used to improve appetite and digestion and has a mild sedative effect. Hops are high in the bitter principles humulone and lupulone. These are thought to be responsible for the appetite-stimulating properties of hops. Hops also contain about 1 to 3-percent volatile oils. Hops have been shown to have mild sedative properties. Many herbal preparations for insomnia combine hops with other sedative herbs, such as Valerian, Passionflower and Skullcap. The official preparations are an infusion and a tincture. The infusion is employed as a vehicle, especially for bitters and tonics: the tincture is stomachic and is used to improve the appetite and digestion. Both preparations have been considered to be sedative, were formerly much given in nervousness and hysteria and at bedtime to induce sleep; in cases of nervousness, delirium and inflammation being considered to produce a most soothing effect, frequently procuring for the patient sleep after long periods of sleeplessness in overwrought conditions of the brain. The bitter principle in the Hop proves one of the most efficacious vegetable bitters obtainable. An infusion of 1/2 ounce Hops to 1 pint of water will be found the proper quantity for ordinary use. It has proved of great service also in heart disease, fits, neuralgia and nervous disorders, besides being a useful tonic in indigestion, jaundice, and stomach and liver affections generally. It gives prompt ease to an irritable bladder, and is said to be an excellent drink in cases of delirium tremens. Sherry in which some Hops have been steeped makes a capital stomachic cordial. A pillow of warm Hops will often relieve toothache and earache, allay nervous irritation and bring on delayed sleep.
Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) is recommended for the relief of fever due to colds and the flu, to ease menstrual cramps, insomnia, headaches and nervousness. Lemon Balm helps fight depression.
Calcium and Magnesium supplements can help with the development of strong bones and teeth, also prevents muscle cramping, risk of colon cancer, maintain regular heart beat, protects against osteoporosis and helps relax the central nervous system. Calcium and Magnesium aids restful sleep and calms the body.
Skullcap tincture provides deep, refreshing sleep. Skullcap calms the nerves. It has traditionally been used internally for nervousness and convulsions, irritability, insomnia, and neuralgia. Skullcap may act as a sedative, to relax spasms, lower fever and stimulate the kidneys, and has anti-toxic effects. Skullcap is an excellent tonic for the nervous system. It is good for treating anxiety, insomnia, and nervous headache. The tincture, not the infusion, is used to sedate and bring on sound sleep. Use three drops of homemade fresh-plant tincture in a glass of water should bring on immediate sleep. Five drops of tincture may bring on extended sleep. There are no side effects from overdoses of Skullcap, so start small but do not be afraid to repeat or increase the dose, especially when using commercial tinctures made from dried Skullcap. Skullcap is not habit forming. Take up to 30 drops of commercial tincture (from dried plants) or 5 to 15 drops of fresh plant tincture half an hour before going to bed. An infusion of the dried plant nourishes and strengthens the nerves. Drink two cups daily for several months if your nerves feel frayed and you are easily upset.
Chamomile Flowers. The popularity of German or Garden Chamomile testifies to its potency as a calming sleep inducer, pain-killer, and mental relaxer. Brew the flowers briefly, a teaspoon to a cup of water, and drink the pleasantly aromatic tea freely. Enjoy a cup of Chamomile herbal tea. Chamomile's soothing qualities make it a wonderful treatment for heartburn and stomach upset by relieving esophageal irritation. It is helpful as a comforting relief for stress and anxiety or before bedtime to help with insomnia difficulties. Caution: Do not use chamomile if you have an allergy to ragweed. Do not use chamomile on an ongoing basis, as ragweed allergy may result. Do not use chamomile oil during pregnancy since the oil is a very potent uterine stimulant. It can be used safely in dried or fresh herb form as a tea. Several cups of hot tea with milk and honey may be necessary to induce sleep.
A relaxing and soothing Chamomile herbal tea with a blend of Black Cumin Seed, Valerian, Passionflower and other herbs, will help you relax and put your worries to rest.
RELAXING TEA BLEND
Perfect for those lazy nights by the fireplace, alone with a favorite book or simply some quiet time for yourself, this tranquil blend of Passionflower, Chamomile and Valerian soothes and comforts the mind while preparing you for a night of peaceful dreams and optimistic awakenings. Caffeine free herbs are used in this tea blend of these herbs:
Catnip Leaf (Nepeta cataria) Chamomile Flower (Matricaria chamomilla) Licorice Root (Glycyrrhiza glabra) Linden Leaf & Flower (Tila Europaea) Passionflower Herb (Passiflora incarnata) Peppermint Leaf (Mentha piperita) Skullcap (Scutellaria laterifolia) Strawberry Leaf (Fragaria vesca) Valerian Root (Valeriana officinalis)
PREGNANCY & POSTPARTUM MOOD SUPPLEMENTS
A Relaxing Massage Oil is useful as a massage oil for postpartum depression, pregnancy and is nursing safe. After the baby is born, a relaxing massage is an absolute must have for any new mother. The benefits of massage are numerous including relaxation, release of tension and the relief of discomfort during labor and delivery as it releases both oxytocin and endorphins and therefore can assist in relieving discomfort. Baby massage provides relief from teething, congestion, colic and emotional stress for both the baby and mom.
Kava Kava root is used as an effective natural herbal remedy that may help reduce anxiety, stress, and muscle tensions, promote friendliness and sociability, and produce relaxing physical as well as mental sensations. Kava kava helps to induce calm and relieve depression. Caution: This herb can cause drowsiness. If this occurs, discontinue use or reduce the dosage.
Dong Quai is an effective and organic way to lessen fatigue, restore your energy and balance a woman's hormones. This healing tonic is formulated to ease what traditional Chinese medicine practitioners refer to as "blood deficiency,quot; is effective in supporting the reproductive organs, addressing common female hormone imbalances, helping to regulate the menstrual cycle and building all-around health.
A tea blend made with Dong Quai and Black Cohosh root will be helpful when PMS, mild mood changes, cramps, and edema associated with the menstrual cycle arise. These herbs alleviate menstrual discomfort and regulate menstruation. Light, easily digestible foods are recommended when a woman feels out of her center. Long deep breathing and regular exercise can also provide additional support and comfort. Pour boiling water over tea and steep for 4 to 6 minutes. For stronger flavor, steep longer. For best results, drink tea daily.
Breastfeeding can create such a wonderful and essential connection with your baby. An organic blend of refreshing Fennel, Fenugreek and Anise. These three herbs that have a long history of use by herbalists to help promote lactation. Add fragrant and calming Lavender that aids relaxation, while Chamomile, with its sweet, apple-like fragrance, helps ease the minor stomach upset that sometimes accompanies nursing. Take care of yourself and your baby one delicious sip at a time.
St. Johns Wort is mainly used for the treatment of mild to moderate depression. It has been proven in many European clinical studies to be a natural antidepressant and is widely used for this reason. St. John's Wort is the most popular anti-depressant in Germany, where one brand alone outsells Prozac seven to one. In 1996, the British Medical Journal summarized the results of over 20 studies on the herb which compared it to placebos and anti-depressant drugs. St. Johns Wort not only outdid the placebos, it showed similar results to the drugs, but with fewer side effects. St. Johns Wort contains the compound Hypericin which has been used as an anti-depressant since 1942. The tranquilizing quality of this compound increases blood flow to stressed tissue. This sedative effect relieves pain, anxiety and nervous tension. Among the uses for St. Johns Wort are a variety of conditions such as chronic fatigue and mental burnout. Some research also suggests that St. John's Wort may reduce the growth of tumors. Consult with your health care provider if you are using anti-depressant medication before using this herb.
A Cinnamon tea blend with added astringent Lady's Mantle, balancing Lemon Balm, combined with mineral-rich Nettles and Alfalfa, and rejuvenating Ginger to help ease cramping. This blend is a natural for menstruation and perimenopause and perfect for recuperating postpartum mothers. Sip a cup within an hour after childbirth and then three to four times daily for a week. For monthly discomfort, sip as often as needed.
Lithium is the most common element used for stabilizing mood swings, mania and depression. Lithium orotate (the lithium salt of orotic acid) is 20 times more bio-active than other lithium salts, allowing a reduction in dosage greatly reducing the likelihood and severity of potential side effects. Each 120 mg capsule provides 4.8 elemental lithium. Lithium Orotate may be effective in treating manic-depressive and bi-polar illness but best avoided by those on a sodium free diet or who are diabetic.
Ephedra, also known as Ma Huang, may be helpful for lethargic depression. Caution: Do not use this herb if you suffer from anxiety disorder, glaucoma, heart disease, high blood pressure, or insomnia, or if you are taking a monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitor drug.
Ginkgo Biloba supports circulation to the brain as well as the extremities. This is achieved by maintaining healthy blood vessel tone and reducing blood viscosity. Additionally, the active compounds in Ginkgo Biloba act as free radical scavenger and a proven antioxidant. An herbal supplement to support brain function. They support the utilization of oxygen and glucose, healthy circulation, activity, memory, and mood balance.
RECOMMENDED SUPPLEMENT PRODUCTS
Alfalfa Herbal Products Anise Herbal Products Bee Pollen Supplement Products Black Cohosh Herbal Products Black Cumin Seed Herbal Products Blessed Thistle Herbal Products Calcium Supplement Products Catnip Herbal Products Chamomile Herbal Products Cinnamon Herbal Products Clary Sage Essential Oil Comfrey Herbal Products Dong Quai Herbal Product Eleuthero-Siberian Ginseng Herbal Products Ephedra Herbal Products Fennel Herbal Products Fenugreek Herbal Products Garlic Herbal Products Ginger Herbal Products Ginkgo Biloba Herbal Products Ginseng Herbal Products Honey Products Hops Herbal Products Iron Supplement Products Jasmine Essential Oil Products Kava Kava Herbal Products Lady's Mantle Herbal Products Lavender Herbal Products Lemon Balm Herbal Products Licorice Herbal Products Linden Herbal Products Lithium Supplement Products Magnesium Supplement Products Motherwort Herbal Products Nettles Herbal Products Red Panax Ginseng Herbal Products Passionflower Herbal Products Peppermint Herbal Products Red Clover Herbal Products Red Raspberry Herbal Products Relaxing Massage Oil Products Rosemary Herbal Products Royal Jelly Bee Products Dead Sea Salt Products Sarsaparilla Herbal Products Shepherd's Purse Herbal Products Skullcap Herbal Products St. Johns Wort Herbal Products Strawberry Leaf Herbal Products Uva Ursi Herbal Products Valerian Herbal Products Vitamin B-Complex Supplement Products Ylang Ylang Essential Oil Products
Unless otherwise specified, the following recommended doses are for adults over the age of 18. For a child between 12 and 17 years, reduce the dose to 3/4 the recommended dose. For a child between 6 and 12 years old, use 1/2 the recommended dose, and for a child under 6, use 1/4 the recommended dose.
NUTRIENTS Supplement Suggested Dosage Comments
Essential Fatty Acids As directed on label. Take with meals. Aid in the transmission of nerve impulses, needed for normal brain function. 5-Hydroxytryptophan
As directed on label. Increases the body's production of serotonin. It should not be used with other antidepressants.
5-HTP / 5-HydroxyTryptophan is an Amino Acid and precursor to serotonin, a brain chemical responsible for regulating mood, appetite, behavior, and sleep and may help elevating mood, encouraging relaxation, controlling appetite, promoting sleep and may prove beneficial in the treatment of depression, obesity, insomnia, and migraine headaches.
5-HTP Supplement Products L-Tyrosine Up to 50 mg per pound of body weight daily. Take on an empty stomach with 50 mg Vitamin B-6 and 100 to 500 mg Vitamin C for better absorption. Best taken at bedtime. Alleviates stress by boosting production of adrenaline. It also raises dopamine levels, which influence moods. Caution: Do not take Tyrosine if you are taking an MAO inhibitor drug. S-Adenosylmethionine
As directed on label. Works as an antidepressant. Longevity, joint strength and liver detoxification. Caution: Do not use if you have manic depressive disorder or take prescription antidepressants. Sub-Adrene
As directed on label. A dietary supplemetn for adrenal support. Taurine
As directed on label. Taurine is an important antioxidant and immune regulator, necessary for white blood cell activation and neurological function. Use the sublingual form. As a potent antioxidant and antitoxin, it is particularly important to the liver and immune system. Vitamin B-Complex 100 mg of each major B-vitamins 3 times daily (amounts of individual vitamins in a complex will vary) or as describec on the label. Injections: 2 cc once weekly or as prescribed by health care provider. If injections are not available, a sublingual form of B-Complex is recommended. B Vitamins are necessary for the normal functioning of the brain and nervous system. If depression is severe, injections (under a health care provider's supervision are recommended. All injectables can be combined in a single shot. Plus Extra
50 mg 3 times daily.
Injections: 1/2 (0.5) cc once weekly or as prescribed by a health care provider.
Needed for normal brain function and to correct deficiencies. May help lift epression and is essential for healthy nervous system. B Vitamins must be replenished daily. All injectables can be combined in a single injection. And
1,000 to 2,000 mcg daily on an empty stomach.
Injections: 1 cc once weekly or as prescribed by a health care provider.
Linked to the production of neurotransmitter acetylcholine. Important in making myelin, the substance of which the sheaths covering the nerves are made. B Vitamins must be replenished daily. All injectables can be combined in a single injection and are best. If not available, use a lozenge, sublingual, or spray form. Plus
Raw Liver Extract
Liquid Liver Extract
As directed on label.
Injections: 2 cc once weekly or as prescribed by a health care provider.
A good source of B vitamins, iron and other valuable nutrients. Consider injections under a health care provider's supervision. All injectables can be combined in a single injection. Plus Extra
500 mg daily. The most potent anti-stress vitamin. And
(Niacin & Niacinamide)
50 mg 3 times daily. Improves cerebral circulation. Caution: Do not take Niacin if you have a liver disorder, gout, or hight blood pressure.
Niacin is also known as nicotinic acid. Niacin is an essential nutrient, positioned at the core of NAD/NADH and NADP/NADPH, which are major redox-active "electron storage" compounds. One or both of these "redox pairs" is involved in every major biochemical pathway. They participate in the trafficking of electrons as "reducing equivalents", the electron packets that facilitate metabolism. Niacin is involved in the production of energy, detoxification and the normal regulation of blood sugar and cholesterol. As a dietary supplement, 1 capsule two or three times daily with meals, or as directed by a healthcare practitioner. Niacin can cause skin flushing and tingling (the "niacin flush"). Do not take large amounts of niacin (greater than 1.5 grams [1500 mg] per day) without first consulting a healthcare practitioner. Niacinamine is a safer form of Vitamin B-3 that can be taken at higher doses for longer periods of time without the side effects of niacin.
Vitamin B-3 Supplement Products And
400 mg daily. Found to be deficient in people with depression. Zinc 50 mg daily. Do not exceed a total of 100 mg daily from all supplements. Found to be deficient in people with depression. Use zinc gluconate lozenges or OptiZinc for best absorption.
400 mg twice daily or as directed on label. Impoortant in brain function and neurotransmission. Caution: Do not take these supplements if you suffer from manic (bipolar) depression. GH3
As directed on label for those 35 years or older. Aids in proper brain function, promotes alertness and increased energy. Caution: Do not use this product if you are allergic to sulfites.
1,500 to 2,000 mg daily. Has a calming effect. Needed for the nervous system. Magnesium 1,000 mg daily. Works with calcium. Use magnesium asporotate or magnesium chelate form. Chromium Picolinate 300 mcg daily. Aids in mobilizing fats for energy. Improves insulin's efficiency, which lowers blood sugar levels. Caution: If you have diabetes, consult with your health care provider before taking any supplements containing chromium. Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid
750 mg daily. Take with 200 mg Niacinamide for best results. Has a tranquilizing effect, much as diazepam (Valium) and other tranquilizers do. The Soothing effects of GABA, a natural amino acid that calms the central nervous system, prevents anxiety and stress-related messages from reaching the motor centers of the brain without the addictive side effects of synthetic tranquilizers.
GABA is a non-essential amino acid found mainly in the human brain and eyes. It is considered an inhibitory neurotransmitter, which means it regulates brain and nerve cell activity by inhibiting the number of neurons firing in the brain. GABA is referred to as the brain's natural calming agent. Together with niacinamide and inositol, it prevents anxiety and stress related messages from reaching the motor centers of the brain by occupying the receptor sites.
GABA Supplement Products Vitamin B-3 Supplement Products Lithium As prescribed by a health care provider. A trace mineral used to treat bipolar (manic) depression. Available by prescription only. Lithium Orotate is an organic form of lithium that is sold in health food stores.
Lithium Orotate: Lithium has long been used for manic-depression. High doses depress dopamine release, flattening elevated moods; lower doses stimulate serotonin synthesis, producing an antidepressant effect. Lithium reputedly is also neuroprotective, suggesting its use in Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. It is thought to lower blood glucose levels and to have immune-enhancing and antiviral effects (especially against herpes simplex). Nieper used lithium orotate to treat depression, headaches, migraine, epilepsy, and alcoholism.
Lithium Orotate Supplement Products Multivitamin & Multimineral Complex As directed on label. To correct vitamin and imineral deficiencies often associated with depression. Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide
As a dietary supplement, take one capsule or tablet daily on an empty stomach. Take with eight ounces of water, 30 minutes before a meal. Enhances production of dopamine and serotonin.
NADH (Reduced Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide), is the metabolically active form of Vitamin B-3, also known as Niacin. NADH is essential for the production of cellular energy (ATP) from glucose and fat. Therefore, the more NADH a cell has available, the more energy it has available to operate with optimal efficiency. NADH is also directly involved in neurotransmitter production, the maintenance of genetic integrity, and the support of healthy immunity. Although NADH is normally unstable outside of the body, Panmol-NADH uses a patented process to naturally preserve its effectiveness, thereby delivering stable and bioavailable NADH to the body.
NADH Supplement Products Vitamin C 2,000 to 5,000 mg daily, in divided doses. Needed for immune function. Aids in preventing depression. Rutin 200 to 300 mg daily. Take with food. Rutin is a buckwheat dreived bioflavonoid antioxidant. Enhances Vitamin C absorption.
Rutin is a bioflavonoid, and it provides essential support molecules for vitamin C absorption (and should, in fact, be taken at the same time to gain maximum benefit). Rutin supplementation prevents the breakdown of vitamin C in the body before it is metabolized and intensifies its beneficial immune-enhancing effects in the body. With regard to eye health, the bioflavonoid, Rutin, is said to improve capillary integrity and believed to help lower ocular pressure when used in conjunction with conventional drugs. (Bilberry extract is particularly rich in Rutin and can be beneficial in cases of diabetic retinopathy.) Rutin may be very helpful in combating cataracts, macular degeneration (the most common cause of blindness) and free radical damage to the retina. The antioxidant activity that fights free radical damage appears to play a role in the prevention of cataracts and other forms of visual impairment. Because Rutin improves capillary integrity (it works synergistically with vitamin C in this regard) by protecting and preserving the structure (permeability) and strength of those capillaries, this action is said to be of great help for capillary fragility (easy bruising and bleeding) and venous insufficiency (varicose veins and spider veins). Because Rutin strengthens capillaries, it may be helpful in reducing the symptoms of hemophilia. The bioflavonoid, Rutin, is thought to lessen symptoms associated with prolonged bleeding and help in cases of bleeding gums and hemorrhage.
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Supplements and products for postpartum women (mothers of newborn babies) to help with fatigue and depression, a mood disorder that is often triggered by a hormonal fluctuations, chemical imbalance or stressful situations. Supplement recommended are to help regain strength following childbirth and optimal health, assist in balancing hormones, and correct nutritional deficiencies. Consult with your midwife or health care provider if you are taking medications for depression. Some supplements are contraindicated with certain medications or health conditions.
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