“Did you know that walking helps and keeps the serotonin from breaking down?”
“The idea of walking depression (sometimes known as smiling depression) captures the experience of those who are able to go on walking, talking and even smiling while feeling depressed.”
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Exercise and Depression
According to Harvard Health Publications, “Another study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine in 1999, divided 156 men and women with depression into three groups. One group took part in an aerobic exercise program, another took the SSRI sertraline (Zoloft), and a third did both.”
“At the 16-week mark, depression had eased in all three groups. About 60%–70% of the people in all three groups could no longer be classed as having major depression. In fact, group scores on two rating scales of depression were essentially the same.”
“This suggests that for those who need or wish to avoid drugs, exercise might be an acceptable substitute for antidepressants.”
“Keep in mind, though, that the swiftest response occurred in the group taking antidepressants, and that it can be difficult to stay motivated to exercise when you’re depressed.”
“When serotonin is present, all the nerves in the brain function properly.”
According to Dr. F. Batmanghelidj’s “Your Body’s Many Cries For Water,” There is a direct relationship between walking and the build-up of the brain tryptophan reserves. There are several amino acids that compete for crossing the naturally designed barrier system into the brain.”[page 119]
“They all have to ‘piggyback’ on the same transporter proteins. These competitors to tryptophan are grouped under the title of branched-chain amino acids (BC amino acids).”
“During exercise, these BC amino acids, along with the fats, are used as fuel in the larger muscles. Muscles begin to pick up these amino acids from circulating blood.”
“As a result, the odds are changed in favor of tryptophan for its passage across the blood-brain barrier and into the brain.”
“One major physiological value to exercising is the direct relationship of muscle activity to the build-up of the brain tryptophan reserves.”
Most importantly, “The brain tryptophan content and its various by-product neurotransmitter systems are responsible for maintenance of the homeostatic balance of the body. Normal levels of tryptophan in the brain maintain a well-regulated balance in all functions of the body; homeostasis. With a decrease in tryptophan supply to the brain, there is a proportionate decrease in the efficiency of all functions of the body.”
Wow……so this means that “Depression and some mental disorders are the consequence of brain tryptophan imbalance.”
So walking can do the same thing which certain medications, i.e. Prozac, which is used in some mental disorders – particularly in depression – is a drug that stops the enzymes that break down serotonin, a by-product of tryptophan.”
“In other words when more serotonin is present, all nerves function normally.”
So…..prozac cannot replace the indispensable role of tryptophan itself, but one has to work at replenishing body reserves of tryptophan through a balanced diet and regular water intake.”
“Research has shown there is a direct relationship between water intake – and efficiency of function in the transport system for the passage of tryptophan into the brain.”
“Also, water shortage and proportionate histamine release bring about an increase in the rate of tryptophan breakdown in the liver.”
“It seems that adequate water intake arrests the increased and inefficient metabolism of tryptophan in the body.”
“It should be remembered that the genetic transcription mechanism of parents – in particular the mother – if affected by amino acid pool imbalance, will be equally represented in the offspring. In effect, this is how genetic damage and inherited disorders establish.”
Health Care System and Our Responsibilities
“If you have suffered because of the application of medical ignorance to your body’s earlier calls for water, it becomes the responsibility of your attending doctor to supervise your return to health by tailing off the chemicals used to treat the chronic dehydration in your body.”
“You should make sure your doctor becomes aware of the information on water metabolism, and your body’s other call signals for water, when dehydration begins to alter the physiology of your body.”
“Your doctor is responsible to you and , as your physician, he needs to become informed.”
“It is your responsibility to help your doctor become aware of the paradigm shift. It is your responsibility to help change the health care system to work for you and not the commercial and political aims of its administrators.”
“It may become necessary to pass legislation to ensure exclusion of dehydration as a causative factor in disease conditions before any pharmaceutical or invasive procedures are undertaken. Evaluation of drugs for ultimate use in treatment procedures should be carried out only after patients are fully hydrated and several days have elapsed before starting the test.”
IMPORTANT: After all, water used in taking a pill is immediately more effective in a dehydrated person than the chemical composition of the pill! Please try to use the knowledge and consequent practical experience for the benefit of mankind, to attempt to bring into the practice of medicine the paradigm shift on water metabolism of the BODY!
FYI: Another main reason for my beginning my own travel agency is because of the travel we need to begin utilizing and gaining experience from other cultures which take health and wellness and mainly our well-being very seriously!
Material was taken from Dr. Batman’s book, “Your Body’s Many Cries For Water” and “Exercise and Depression” article from Harvard Health Publications Harvard Medical School.