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How to increase serotonin levels by using 5-HTP
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Orthomolecular Nutrition Daniela Seabra

5-HTP is a dietary supplement that is sold over the counter, available in different pharmacies and health food stores.

It is used to increase our levels of serotonin, the feel – good neurotransmitter.

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How to increase serotonin levels by using 5-HTP
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Orthomolecular Nutrition Daniela Seabra

5-HTP is a dietary supplement that is sold over the counter, available in different pharmacies and health food stores.

It is used to increase our levels of serotonin, the feel – good neurotransmitter.

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Fortnight started in 3 February 2014: Body & Mind
Depression or malnourished brain?
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Orthomolecular Nutrition Helena Santos
Some depressive symptoms can be eliminated with the help of diet and supplementation. There are several nutrients that when in quantities less than desirable, determine changes in mood, mental and physical abilities, anxiety, sleep.

Examples are the B vitamins, vitamin D, omega 3, tryptophan, zinc, chromium, selenium. Even gluten sensitivity can trigger depressive symptoms.
The good news is: if you identify the cause, the problem can be solved!

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Fortnight started in 20 January 2014: Conventional & Complementary
What is Orthomolecular Nutrition?
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The word "orthomolecular" means "the exact molecules in the right amount". Also called orthomolecular medicine, nutrition or therapy, it acts to preserve the health and treat diseases by altering the concentration of substances normally present in the human body which are essential to health: vitamins, minerals, amino acids, essential fatty acids, enzymes, pre and probiotics, hormones - what is appropriate to each case.

Therapy with high doses of vitamin D, supplementation with antioxidants and supplementation with omega 3 fatty acids are very common examples.

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Fortnight started in 30 December 2013: Yes & No
When it is necessary to take probiotics?
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Probiotics are live microorganisms that when ingested in sufficient quantities promote beneficial effects.
Our intestinal flora influences our health and various diseases and so its balance should be ensured. Recent investigations show that even in obesity gut flora could play a leading role.

Do you need to take a probiotic supplement? Have a test to prove it or if you have diarrhea, constipation, or took antibiotics, be aware that you should take probiotics.

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Fortnight started in 29 July 2013: Sweet & Sour
Chromium: a mineral that helps control blood sugar
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Chromium is a mineral needed by the body in very small quantities. It actively participates in the functioning of the insulin receptor and so it is essential to control blood sugar.

Some people may be more predisposed to chromium deficiency and the way to confirm it is doing its blood measure. Unfortunately foods provide very little chromium and only a small proportion is absorbed. In some cases, supplementation may be the solution.

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Fortnight started in 1 July 2013: Vitamins & Minerals
Vitamin B12
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Orthomolecular Nutrition Daniela Seabra

Vitamin B12 is essential for the formation of blood cells and for proper function of the nervous system.
In case of deficiency, anemia and neuropathy are the first signs, but it is possible to anticipate problems by measuring the  levels of this vitamin.

If you are older, have digestive difficulties, are taking an antacid, are a vegetarian or had a stomach or intestinal surgery, it is important to pay attention to your vitamin B12 levels.

 

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Fortnight started in 3 June 2013: Traveling & Meet
Probiotics: an ally in your travels and your health
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Orthomolecular Nutrition Daniela Seabra

Sometimes our gut affect´s our traveling’s .... Because we ate something that was not in the best conditions, or simply because we ate something that we weren’t used to. That’s way probiotics are a special aid that you must carry on your baggage!

Probiotics can help us in many ways, because they can stimulate our immune system, increase our defenses, and also improve our bowel function. And this are just a few examples of what probiotics can do for you!

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Fortnight started in 22 April 2013: Inflammation & Anti-inflammation
Glucosamine and chondroitin for controlling the joint inflammation
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Joint inflammation greatly decreases the quality of life because of the pain and loss of mobility and functionality associated with it. Chondroitin and glucosamine are natural components of cartilage and surrounding tissues.

In cases of osteoarthritis or other inflammations, cartilage becomes thinner and not easily regenerated, thus perpetuating inflammation.

Supplementation fills this gap by stimulating cartilage metabolism and consequently its regeneration. The quality of joints improves and anti-inflammatory medications are no longer needed or can be minimized.

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EPA: the anti-inflammatory fat
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Orthomolecular Nutrition Daniela Seabra

The anti-inflammatory benefits of omega 3 are undeniable.
They act through the modulation in the production of eicosanoids, and through the inhibition of the genetic expression of pro - inflammatory molecules.

Different omega 3 fats are able to do it, but EPA has a special role.
Let us look into the roles of these fats in inflammation, and the importance of the balance between the available amount of omega 6 and omega 3.

 

 

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Fortnight started in 8 April 2013: Tots & Tykes
DHA, the omega 3 that children always need!
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A major concern regarding children’s diet is: "does it provide all necessary nutrients?" The truth is that it does not always happen and DHA is one such example.

DHA is an omega-3 that the body can produce but not always in sufficient quantities and the fish we eat not always fills our needs. Being an essential fat for children brain development, behavior and mental performance, supplementation appears as an ally. You only need to know how to choose the proper supplementation.

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Fortnight started in 11 March 2013: Woman-25-50
Nutrients that may help you with premenstrual syndrome
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Premenstrual syndrome affects 75% to 90% of women of childbearing age but you can have the power to aid in the relief of the discomfort of these days preceding menstruation

Adequate nutritional status is your ally and nutraceuticals that make a difference in the second half of your menstrual cycle are: vitamin C, vitamin B6, vitamin D3, zinc, magnesium, probiotics and essential fatty acids.

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