Softening the impact of having been jilted
If you have recently been jilted or otherwise had a close relationship severed, you are undoubtedly feeling the loss and perhaps even a wee bit of rage (Which actually serves a purpose insofar as it helps one purge the other from one’s life). Your brain is actually going through withdrawal involving the selfsame neurochemical players and brain centers that are involved in reward and addiction. In a nutshell, your dopamine levels are plummeting (sets off cravings), the mood modulator serotonin has taken a nose dive (Blue Funk time), stress hormones are up and there may even be withdrawal symptoms associated with opioid compounds you produced (and augmented via behavior & diet) which you body is now clamoring for. The passage of time in concert with physical activity will help take the punch out of this biochemical maelstrom (More on this can be found in chapter 8 of Anatomy of Love: A Natural History of Mating, Marriage, and Why We Stray )
Here are a few non-pharmaceutical measures that may help:
To help raise dopamine levels in the brain:
Muncuna (Mucuna pruriens) products such as http://www.iherb.com/Mucuna
Diet: Eat prepared Fava beans (A legume)
To help raise serotonin levels in the brain:
5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HTP) http://www.biopsychiatry.com/tryptophan-5htp.htm
Diet: Eat lots of turkey (Tryptophan source – precursor used to generate serotonin)
Take with pyridoxal-5 phosphate – 10 mgs. (A form of B6)
To help modulate stress hormones:
Standardized Ginseng Extract (Panax ginseng)
To help curtail endogenous opioids (Compounds generated in one’s body that influence reward and addiction):
Follow the Paleodiet (Fava beans excepted) http://14ushop.com/wizard/living-longer.html
Ask your doctor about putting you on low dose Naltrexone
N-acetyl-Tyrosine, DL-Phenylalanine http://www.lef.org/protocols/prtcl-089.shtml (Folks with PKU or hypertension should avoid DL-Phenylalanine)
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