HOW TO MANAGE DEPRESSION

DON’T WAIT ANY LONGER: TREAT YOUR DEPRESSION RIGHT NOW!

On my travel out to New York, I sat in the plane next to a lady who, after a quick introduction, involved me in a deep discussion about “food and depression.”

It was not one of those agonizing in-flight stories; Actually, I would have loved to converse with her for hours more! People living in busy urban environments all know of others suffering from loneliness, having introverted torturing thoughts, and being pained with inadequate feelings… I, too, sometimes feel “downtrodden” or not as perceptive as I know myself to be. However, I have several methods of “coping” with the onslaught of depression. One of them is changing the “interior monologue” from bad to positive: Instead of allowing my thoughts to assume negativity, I willingly adapt to “correct” my dark spooks. I point in the mirror and say: ‘Hey you, I love you!  I will make you laugh’. When I frown back, I actually crack a smile…

In TCM, we recommend taking a daily cold morning shower, meditate. Adapt a two-minute yoga stretch because these actions initiate change; simply getting out of bed, opening the windows, allowing oneself to be happy by not drowning in “darkness” changes the path. Instead of watching NEWS listen to your oldies (loudly), take a quick dance step, lift your chin high and say something nice about yourself: “Hey! I’m the shit!” Talk to your plants. Point at your pet and tell them they are loved!

DO NOT sleep with your cellphone next to you. Please turn it off when you go to sleep until you’re up, out of bed, and awake!

managing depression

We are clearly the result of what we do and what we eat. Food is a major factor in how we feel; here is your blog that might encourage you to change a few things to curve your mood and for the wise one to avoid losing your mind.

First off, if you are a moody person, cut back on sugar and never, NEVER consume anything that contains Aspartame. Let’s learn something about the chemistry that directly influences our neuro-receptors in the brain. This is important to understand when activating your full brain function while studying or preventing inherited genes from “freezing” our mental capacity. Whilst we are at the NEVER consume power-drinks named fittingly “Monster” or “Booster” – you kinda know they are bad. It’s just not totally respected how horrible their side-effects are. Manufacturers quickly jump onto modern science to create supplements based on isolated information. They will express (advertise) that we are all made from the same matter and react uniformly. These drinks are especially horrid when you’re depressed!

That’s when I am telling you to turn the NEWS back on and realize we are NOT the same. Made of equal matter, similar prepositioned in mobility but limited by genes and gravity – certainly not similar when acting outside human compassion towards others.

“Brain foods” are obtained from eating high protein such as meat, dairy, avocados, soy products, and certain nuts and seeds. What makes them ideal for mental health is their high content of phenylalanine that, through proper combination and digestion, convert into tyrosine (another amino acid) used in protein synthesis. For the few I lost above: A healthy brain needs Kefir, hard cheese, avocado, lentils, chickpeas, seaweed, pumpkin, non-heated coconut fat, cold-pressed oils, and black sesame seeds. For the lesser vegetarian, there is lots of phenylalanine in meat, fish, and eggs. Artichokes, parsley and oregano (extract) contain apigenin, an antidepressant, and broccoli will help keep your liver healthy and detoxify.

In humans, phenylalanine is an essential amino acid that must be obtained from the diet and not from an isolated source (sorry, most isolated products have minimal benefit…). In contrast, tyrosine can be synthesized in your digestive tract from phenylalanine and is considered a non-essential amino acid. Both compounds can be altered into chemicals that affect mood and brain functioning by controlling the “side-dishes” you swallow simultaneously. We eat terrible combinations of foods; they are often deprived of natural sources for phenylalanine and tyrosine, so frequently, we take them as nutritional supplements. This is not ideal; it’s like a chest implant; it might look nice, but there is no strength or actual physical function. Juicing and fasting during depression is NOT healthy!

L-Phenylalanine turns into L-Tyrosine that is converted into L-Dopa (dopamine), which stimulates the brain to either “like” or “crave”… A healthy brain needs this to function! And here is a dilemma, it can be abused to make you addicted to the wrong foods if viciously added. Industries (as do drug dealers) keep you hooked when promoting you to consume a chemically altered substance… Some people suffer from a genetic disorder called phenylketonuria (PKU), in which phenylalanine is not metabolized. It can build up to toxic levels and cause retardation and death. The artificial sweetener Aspartame is one of the modern spikes for growing brain illness in babies! A combination of aspartic acid and phenylalanine is a common component in diet sodas. I have clients with serious mental problems consuming daily sodas, popcorn and artificially enhanced products while medicated to prevent losing their minds. We are a weird species! I have a doctor friend that drinks diet coke daily and claims he is totally healthy…

Anyone with a family history of Alzheimer’s. Amyotrophic (ALC) Lou Gehrig’s and neurodegenerative diseases should never consume artificially modified food products. These restrictions include ALL artificial sweeteners… yes, Stevia included! Before you run to the health store and buy DL-phenylalanine synthesized supplements, try eating accordingly. Nature is chock full of healthy solutions that are tasty and cause no side effects. Health food stores hype their products with unlimited shelve storage dates and are far revoked from “natural” (even though it’s printed BOLD on their packages).

Changes in dopamine levels can benefit mood disorders such as depression and diseases such as Parkinson’s. People with PKU or who take antidepressants and women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should not take supplements of phenylalanine.

manage your food to control depression

Start your day with a positive thought! Drink a glass of room temperate water with a slice of fresh ginger in it (ginger significantly enhances cognitive function) and eat bran cereal or oatmeal that is only slightly sweetened (honey). Eat plenty of berries and fruit but do not eat totally white bananas. They are not healthy and do not contain as much phenylalanine compared to “spotted” ripe bananas.

It would be best if you ate an avocado every week, increased your consumption of pumpkin, blanched kale, cooked broccoli, and bruised spinach. They are tough to digest raw! Eat chickpeas, hummus, lentils, and pumpkin seed whenever they are presented; It’s super-rich in brain oil. Consume a few sunflower seeds, walnuts, almonds, or any (unsalted) nuts; when feeling like “snacking,” they curve appetite and nourish your skin and lungs. Pumpkin seeds and freshly pressed oils are ideal if not roasted or baked… Avoid popcorn, sodas, and anything that is lazed with sweetener; it will probably block good dopamine effects and is merely designed to keep you hooked. When fermented (cheese, some yoghurt, and butter), dairy products are healthy and rich in brain-fatty acids. Milk is not. If you are already affected by a neurological disorder, you need to avoid too much soy product, avoid artificial starches (bread, pasta, pastries) and consult with your doctor about foods that might interfere with your medication.

I am working on recipes, specifically targeting foods that benefit the brain…

Until my flight back to Los Angeles… Enjoy and share!

TCMchef raphael

HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP

 If you suffer from lack of insulin response – your hunger hormones are not telling you to stop overeating – you keep eating – your liver will store excess sugar as fat – mostly in the liver and you become unable to reduce sugar levels in your blood.

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THE MYTH ABOUT CHOCOLATE MILK

No, Chocolate Milk is NOT an ideal “recovery” drink!

June 2nd to June 9th, I will partake with Team Swiss at the annual ALC (AIDS LifeCycle) bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles. A seven-day journey shared with 3000 like-minded people coming together from all corners of the world to cross 545 miles through beautiful California. Chocolate milk is a big sponsor for this event…

This blog is not about my yearly participation; I’m writing about a consistently

promoted product as the perfect “recovery” drink, post-exercise. My father taught me early on not to drink much milk, for this high-nutritious liquid is intended to grow a 30lbs calve into a 1200lbs cow. 

chocolate milk is not an ideal recovery drink

During ALC, many encourage chocolate milk as perfect energy and muscle recovery drink that replenishes energy and replaces electrolytes – but this myth is simply bogus! I hear friends praising the well-being effects, and I will specify why consuming chocolate milk makes you feel like this… It’s worth repeating that drinking goat’s milk can disrupt your electrolyte balance, a common dilemma for sports participants!

There is no benefit of consuming chocolate and sugar-enriched dairy (apart from being the source of whey protein). Most humans, after the age of ten, lack an enzyme called rennin to digest milk! Quite to the contrary, dairy seems to have detrimental effects on your health. Milk should be for calves (baby cows). Most humans cannot digest it. You may tolerate it, but you DO NOT fully digest it. I have aided clients with chronic constipation, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), arthritis, chronic sinusitis, and various serious allergies by simply limiting their milk and cheese consumption.

To understand the complexity of my blog, I must bombard you with a few milk facts that are necessary to understand these over-promoted products. It’s a hundred and twenty billion-dollar industry in this land (USofA)!

Swiss Cows milk makes them big We can't digest it

Today’s dairy cows are fed gas-preserved storage food, which changes the nature of the milk and causes health problems for the cows. They are fed soy, corn, cottonseed meal, or other commercial feeds, which contain all sorts of things, including chicken manure and citrus peel cake, laced with pesticides. These foods are not appropriate for cows, which are ruminants and should be feeding on green grass in the spring, summer, and fall. By nature, they are supposed to regurgitate green feed, silage, hay, and root vegetables in the winter. Unfortunately, most dairy cows are kept in confinement, given antibiotics and hormones, and never see green grass their entire lives. These same cows have been tweaked and shot up with Posilac to produce up to 55 or more pounds of milk per day nearly all year long. But alarming is the injection of a genetically engineered form of bovine growth hormone (rBGH). A manufactured or synthetic hormone is used to increase milk production artificially. For humans, rBGH also increases blood levels of insulin growth factor 1 (IGF-1) in those who drink it. And higher levels of IGF-1 are linked to several cancers. (read the link below)

This method of farming dairy is a burden on global health. Each cow regurgitates between four compartments of the stomach and producing an amazing amount of carbon… That could be reduced by 75% by simply adding seaweed to their diet… if only the industry would!

First off, we have to preserve what nature would spoil in two days by mandatory quickly heating milk to 165 degrees for about 5 seconds. (Water contaminated with an equal amount of feces and bacteria in the US, as mandated by the same regulatory board, must be boiled for more than seven minutes by 212 degrees before being considered drinkable…) Hence, pasteurization merely kills certain bacteria. However, this process disables certain enzymes needed to break down milk fat in our human digestive tract. It robs the milk serum of vitamins, denatures fragile milk proteins, kills beneficial bacteria, and promotes pathogens. Even calves fed pasteurized milk instead of colostrum (high antibacterial milk right after birth) reflect poorly on this product, and many die before maturity. Pasteurization was instituted in the 1920s to combat TB, infant diarrhea, undulant fever, and other diseases caused by poor animal nutrition and dirty production methods. By today’s standard, pasteurization is absolutely unnecessary for public protection. It’s an archaic, ineffective law…

In some cases, milk is ultra-pasteurized to eliminate heat-resistant bacteria and give it longer shelf life. Ultra high-temperature pasteurization is a process that takes milk from a chilled temperature to above the boiling point in less than two seconds. This process is utilized for the boxed kinds of milk that can keep at room temperature for weeks… Unlike the regular milk that multiplies the number of microbes at room temperature and DOUBLES them every 20 minutes. No wonder milk spoils very quickly.

the myth about chocolate milk

To make matters worse, milk is homogenized. Homogenization is a process that breaks down butterfat globules, so they do not rise to the top. Homogenized milk is harder to digest, so proteins normally digest in the stomach are not broken down and instead are absorbed into the bloodstream. Often the body reacts to these foreign proteins by triggering the immune system, causing inflammation. It can even trigger auto-immune problems. Homogenized milk has also been linked to heart disease, probably because of the fat globules that are dispersed by the process. This means homogenized fat molecules are so small that they can escape your stomach wall and enter the bloodstream.

myth milk chocolate

In addition to being chemically altered into something that is hard to digest and causes problems, today’s milk usually contains steroids, antibiotics, pesticides from treated grains, bacteria from infected animals, and genetically engineered growth hormones. If you think it’s just a few sick cattle I’m ranting about, look at the statistics of the FDA released October 2012: 40% of all cattle in the United States carry AIDS and Leukemia Viruses. 64% of dairy cattle are infected with bovine immunodeficiency viruses (BIV) and bovine leukemia viruses (BLV) worldwide. (Bovine immunodeficiency viruses can also be properly referred to as bovine AIDS viruses.) They are commonly tainted with disease-causing bacteria, such as salmonella, staphylococci, listeria, deadly E. coli O1573, and Mycobacterium paratuberculosis (possibly one of the agents causing Crohn’s disease; a form of life-threatening chronic colitis), as well as viruses known to cause lymphoma and leukemia-like diseases, and immune deficiency in cattle.

I’m not trying to scare you – that is not possible – because we cannot accept that science might be correct as a mass. (share your opinion on this blog

…) Besides, dairy is incorporated in 300 baby products and over 2000 food products sold in stores throughout the US; there is just no stopping this madness.

I grew up next to a dairy farm, and as a chef, I still love cooking with cream and cheese, but in moderation. I do, however, not substitute electrolyte-fused water with chocolate milk. Just fact-check this point: Today’s low-fat milk contains 59 uncommon hormones. One of those 59 hormones is a powerful GROWTH hormone called Insulin-like Growth Factor ONE (IGF-1). By a freak of nature, it is identical in cows and humans. Consider this hormone to be a “fuel cell” for any cancer… (the medical world says IGF-1 is a key factor in the rapid growth and proliferation of breast, prostate and colon cancers, and we suspect that most likely it will promote ALL cancers).

So if you do drink milk, I suggest you look for pure raw milk from grass-fed cows (which is hard to get in most states, unfortunately) because it may not be the milk per se, but how milk is chemically altered that causes the problems. I must clarify that unsweetened fermented or cultured dairy products such as yogurt, kefir and sour cream are acid neutral. Yogurt, in particular, is chock-full of beneficial qualities. As is the case with milk, organic yogurt does not have rBGH. (That grass and those roots, however, might be lazed with Monsanto by-products…)

Let me specify what started my blog: Chocolate milk is recommended because it is rich in Vitamin D and calcium. Since dairy cows don’t eat grass, they do not have sufficient magnesium in their milk. The calcium in cow’s milk is basically useless because it has an insufficient amount of needed magnesium content. Cows milk has three times the calcium as does human breast milk. No matter, neither are very usable because there MUST be an equal quantity of MAGNESIUM to be absorbed and used.

Per the USDA, 8 ounces (one cup) of cows milk contains:

Calcium, Ca mg 291.336

Magnesium, Mg mg 32.794

After consumption, now that excessive bone-building calcium has to be flushed out of your system, causing your chemical household to overproduce acid (…it’s actually simple chemistry) and add to it the lactic acid formed after strenuous sport – you are now “attacking” your calcium reserves in your bones with this acid surplus! Your bone density diminishes when consuming more than five cups of milk per week. Your calcium-rich milk is causing the opposite effect.

we feed babies too much milk, its a myth that this would be healthy

Milk is fortified with vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol), cheaper than vitamin D3, and rather useless for supplementation. Vitamin D supplements require saturated fat to make them bioavailable to be incorporated into the body structure, but this vitamin is inert when you drink low-fat milk.

The protein myth:

87% of milk is water. That makes it VERY expensive water.

Broken down into its basic groups

Whole milk is: Water 87%, fat 3.25%, casein 4%, other protein 5,75%

(Note: that is 3.25% “milkfat,” which includes 87% water.) 80% of the protein in milk is casein. Casein is a powerful binder, a polymer used to make plastics, and a glue better used to make sturdy furniture or hold beer bottle labels in place. It is in thousands of processed foods as a binder promoted as “something” caseinate. Casein is a powerful allergen, histamine that creates lots of mucus. The only medicine in Olympic athlete Flo-Jo’s body was Benedryl, a power antihistamine she took to combat her last meal… cheese pizza. And she drank chocolate milk as recommended for her quick recovery:

Read up on the whole Flo-Jo story. 

So it is not ideal for drinking milk that promotes liquid formation in your lungs, especially if you bike the next day in the early morning mist! After sport, in all current scientific studies – any fresh fruit and water combination replenishes your system equally and sufficiently. (any adverse study was surely published under the sponsorship of dairy farmers…) Yes, chocolate milk will give you an elevated positive feeling. Still, most likely, it is due to the high amount of sugar and the “upper” effect of the cacao (Next time, I’ll write about processed cacao and coffee beans…). Hint: Check the sugar content in one cup of chocolate milk!

TCMchef Raphael

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