I aim to challenge No seriously, I find it all very interesting so I do enjoy questioning, but it's not in a "you're doing it wrong" manner. The reason I asked if you'd had your seretonin level checked was cos' if your level were low, you would probably benefit from the supplementation. IF it was high, they may increase your anxiety.
Originally Posted by namelesswonder
The reason I've looked into this is cos' I've been a long-time sufferer of depression and bulimia. I heard 5-HTP was a miracle for some people so I tried it last year, but it didn't help at all. Then I read an article on how some EDs - more so ana, are linked with high levels of serotonin. Got my serotonin checked and it's definitely not low. A friend of mine here, who is a recovering anorexic, experimented with 5_HTP and literally overnight I saw her turn into a frantic mess (through her journal). So in her case, her serotonin may have already been high, and an extra whack of it threw her off. In my case, too. But for other people, with low levels, it may be helpful. (If you ever did want to check your levels it's a really simple blood test).
You're amazing to be figuring all this out - believe me, I know how difficult and dark mental health can be. None of us really knw what's going on, and that you can see progress in your journey is a huge feat. Big props <3
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In practice, this means that a major part of the diet should be milk, cheese, eggs, shellfish, fruits and coconut oil, with vitamin E and salt as the safest supplements."
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