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Burn Out & Depression

Psycho-social illnesses
Are we really at their mercy?


Dealing responsibly with our own energy resources is a topic that is becoming increasingly important. Our patients know this too. Increased pressure and tension in daily routines, a lack of relaxation and short regeneration times lead to entirely new stress situations for body and soul. It is not for nothing that absence rates are rising astronomically due to an increase in psycho-social Illnesses. According to a recent study by the health insurance company Techniker Krankenkasse, in 2010 German employees were off sick for almost ten million days due to burnout symptoms alone!



But you can do something for your health before the symptoms of burnout or depression are manifested. This is because, in contrast to common opinion, stress and its effects on the body can be objectified. The key for this is to be found in hormones, in particular the relationship between the formation and reduction of hormones.

How burnout and depression develop
A stealthy process


Thinking can help, but isn’t always useful. Because our mind is not controlled by intellect, but by the hormones that influence our feelings and thus our thoughts.
Think positive – right now!

Every person suffering from depression would like nothing more – but they just can’t. Because thoughts appear when they want to, not when our intellect wants them to. When the concert of hormones is discordance, an insurmountable fog smothers our thoughts. Patients are usually treated with psychotropic drugs that are meant to influence the main mood hormone serotonin. Their consumption has increased by 30 % over the past two years.

But there are also effective alternative methods to treat the widespread illnesses of depression and burnout.



Concentration and memory performance decline, the perceived workload rises. Things you found easy to handle earlier have suddenly become insurmountable hurdles. And there’s more: high levels of the stress hormone suppress the formation of the important mood hormones serotonin and noradrenalin. The former is responsible for good moods, the latter for inner drive. If these hormones are suppressed, resilience decreases. External pressure continues unchanged, but is now perceived as even more stressful.



In stress situations, the body releases more stress hormones. The body now pulls out all the stops and looks for new sources of energy. For this, it transforms protein into sugar. This phenomenon is known in psychology as energy cannibalism. This is nature’s emergency metabolism, which is used to supply the sensitive brain with sufficient sugar in times of stress. From this point on, the final reserves of the body are used to live on.



The most valuable substance and energy centre in the human body is protein. This is transformed into energy and is then used up. Gluconeogenesis is the specialist term. Important brain-activating amino acids simply evaporate as glucose and are then no longer available, e.g. for hormone production. Even if continuous stress subsides, the mood hormones are not revived that quickly: you become worn down, psychologically as well as physically. Depression and burnout thus do not represent personal failure! Many times, they are due to a hormone metabolism disorder. Without testing the blood, it is hardly possible to find the cause of the problem – let alone the solution. Especially in times of increased stress and a particular disposition, an optimum supply of brain-activating amino acids and their catalysts can help prevent the development of deficiencies. 


Activate self-healing!



In principle, it is assumed that burnout and depression are due to a diminished serotonin synthesis in the brain. Therefore, special psychotropic drugs are prescribed in standard therapy, with which the low levels of serotonin are made available to the brain for longer. These are the so-called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. In the long terms, however, these drugs do not solve the problem, because they are only managing a deficiency. Many patients have also recognized this.

The more differentiated the personality of a patient, the more likely they are to refuse drugs. Luckily, there are effective alternative treatment methods available: here, the body is supplied increasingly with those biological building blocks it needs in order to produce these valuable happiness and energy hormones itself. The crucial difference to traditional medicine: not to let the diminished hormone be artificially effective in the brain – but to increase the body’s own production in a natural way.

Burn Out


Hormone production is a simple as baking a cake. You need ingredients. And these have long since been researched. Every biochemist and nutritionist can confirm: without the essential amino acid tryptophan, the brain cannot synthesise serotonin. This is the so-called limiting amino acid for the body’s own serotonin production. Without tryptophan, there is not serotonin. However: tryptophan is the most important amino acid, as it occurs most infrequently in nature.



Of course depressive episodes can be treated with standard therapy in the short term. But when the drug is no longer taken, the complaints usually come back. Because the deficiency in the essential brain-activating amino acids continues to exist if it is not remedied. A cure is only possible in these cases if the biochemical metabolism is taken into account, possible blockages are uncovered and existing bottlenecks are balanced out naturally. Nowadays, further deficiencies in the supply of trace elements and vitamins are the rule rather than the exception, in contrast to common opinion.



A second eminently crucial essential amino acid, in addition to tryptophan, is the brain-activating protein building block phenylalanine. From this, the four central hormones are synthesised: the major drive hormones dopamine and noradrenalin, the creativity hormone CHTH and the happiness hormone endorphin. A deficiency can then lead to depression and diminished performance, if insufficient amounts of these energy hormones are produced in interaction with the catalysts (zinc, magnesium, vitamins B1, B2, B6, B12, folic acid, vitamin C).



Many people believe that a regular diet does not contain sufficient vital substances, and fall back on food supplements as a result. But only if these vitamins, minerals and trace elements are taken in the correct dose and in their naturally occurring composition, a satisfactory effect can be achieved. And then the effect is explosive! The correct interplay between all factors – including phytochemicals – potentiates the individual effects.

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