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Tryptophan and food

Sep 18, 2010 - 12 comments

L Tryptophan is one kind of amino acid (building blocks for forming muscles and other parts of human body) that is digested and used by the brain.  The brain turns the L Tryptophan into serotonin, a neurotransmitter that controls our “feelings” such as depression, hunger, thirst, sleep and other "moods."

By increasing the levels of Tryptophan in our bodies, serotonin will be produced and the end result will be a natural way of keeping depression at bay.

Foods high on Tryptophan:

Baked potatoes with their skin                           Nuts
bananas                                                           peanuts
beans                                                              rice
cheddar cheese                                                roasted pumpkin seeds
cotagge cheese                                                shellfish
eggs                                                                soy milk
fish                                                                  soybean nut
guyere ( swiss cheese )                                    sunflower seeds
hazelnuts                                                         tofu
heated milk                                                      tuna
hummus                                                          turkey
lentils                                                              yogur

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by Dav125, Sep 18, 2010
Thats interesting to know..Do I get a B+ for counting 17 things I eat that have it :)

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by laurel453, Sep 18, 2010
Sure :)

sometime ago i read that food was the most natural medicine we take daily and  that this is food's purpose ...

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by clean_in_ks, Dec 10, 2012
I know you posted this a very long time ago, but WOW, even tho I was aware of tryptophan and it's uses in our brains/bodies, I never have actually read a total list of those foods.  Guess there's a health page about that.  Noticed you have also encouraged others to read those health pages.  Me too LOL!  
Anyway....the thing about this list.....I LOVE all but two foods on the entire list.  Now I know why.
Thank you for this, even if I'm just learning about getting around to all the nuggest of knowledge on here.
Bless you too for being the very first person to reply to a post of mine back in Aug 2012.  I was already 55 days clean but VERY very green about forums, social communities, etc.  Had been sick and not on a computer for over 4 yrs.
It's funny because you live in Spain and the other 'first" person for me was from Australia!  What a deal!!!!
Bless you girl~

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by laurel453, Dec 10, 2012
I remember... something about your vision... i haven't been much around ( i have to deal with my anxiety and sometimes it is better for me not being too much involved here for a while but i am almost always around in a way:)... From what i have read you are doing great, great attitude and spirit, clean... i remember your spontaneity, hahha ... i like it.

I have learnt a lot here, clean. When i came here everything was new and felt lost just like you but if there is a will, we can work it out and get the help we need... The health pages are full of info and sometimes i think they got overlooked by a lot of people which is a shame cause they are very helpful.

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by clean_in_ks, Dec 10, 2012
What a "clean" memory you have Hahaha!!  Yes, my vision was one of the first things I asked about!

I just now finished reading an article in the health pages about dopamine and the "gates" in our brains.  About being forever changed.....and how long the initial healing process is.  Heck.....NO WONDER at 171 days clean I'm having so many things happening.

I also, just read one of your posts tonight where you mentioned you felt worse at 6 months that at 3 months!!  I'm sorry you experienced that but I was glad to read it.  I have chosen to take myself off EVERY prescription drug (except my naturally compounded hormones - ha!...I'm not STUPID")    I'm learning that being on an antidepressant for over 10 yrs has really wacked my brain and emotions out and the gabapentin for nerve damage did a lot of other things to gaba receptors in the brain, etc.  My brain just needs a break.......a long it can heal.  And time is such a gag word! LOL
I'm really enjoying learning about all this and it surely helps me have a "longer term" goal about my symptoms and weird stuff still going on.  I thank you for that!  And where you live is BEAUUUUUUtiful...........I've been on a few fast (too fast) trips to Italy, one stop in Switzerland and Austria, and then 11 days in Israel.  But not to Spain......would love to see it some day.  Reading back over some of your 2008 comments was fun for me.  That's the year I broke my pelvis, tailbone and sacrum and my downward spiral with pain meds began.  And you were just climbing OUT in 2008!!  How COOL???
Bless you~

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by laurel453, Dec 11, 2012
You talked about one of my favorite articles in the health pages LOL.... i read that article from Worried  so many times. I just find it so easy to understand what it says that although it goes about closing gates, it was a big opening my mind moment for me ! I say that knowledge is power...ok, not too much knowledge but enough so that we don't go running around with a blind fold around our eyes... Since i read that article i understood why time is SO important and that with each day i was helping myself to close "one gate" so to speak.

Yes, don't put yourself any goal time... this is forever so we will have to deal with whatever happens but without putting pressure on feeling great at any time. I know that a lot of people talk about feeling as happy as before using but this is somewhat a dream. Most of us have spent years using and abusing and besides, life changes so after 15 years i didn't feel  that recovering the happiness of a young woman was going to be possible. As long as i don't feel like destroying myself is enough to me. And to be honest, the worst day while being clean is much better than the worst day while using so i am happy with this.

Thank you so much for your words, clean.. yes, it is quite beautiful my town but now we are stuck on this terrible crisis and i have been really hit hard by it that sometimes i wish i were anywhere else :) I would love to go to Israel, this is one of my dreams and now without much money, i guess it will stay a dream :)

so when i was climbing out you were starting the hell route ?...and we ended crossing our paths here, weird and fascinating in a way

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by clean_in_ks, Apr 30, 2013
Hi, Laurel
Wanted to "Revive" (not vitamin water, this journal of yours.  Excuse the private joke to Fourjays ....ok, Laurel?  but anyway.....this journal and the specific foods helped me SO much and also the comments about TIME.......healing, etc.  Maybe some that haven't read this journal of yours will like it as much as I did.

You've been bopping back around again, Laurel.......I'm SO GLAD to see you out and about again.  I know....we all need a break sometimes for multiple reasons.......but I just wanted to share how much I love to see you around.  We all need your wisdom and strength~
Kisses on BOTH you Laurel.....that's the way you do it there, right?  LOL  Blessings your way, always~  

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by laurel453, May 01, 2013
Aww, you are really sweet :) thanks a lot for your words !!!!... i love having you here around too, btw :)

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by laurel453, May 01, 2013
ooops.. and yeah, you are right KISSES ON BOTH CHEEKS BACk TO YOU TOO !!!!!!

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by VICourageous, May 01, 2013
Hey laurel...I have all the L-s (a-v) will all of these help with my whacked out emotions..I have been doing this for a while..I study this diseases and read about the Brain builders and there are other herbs..Just wondering..I also read that the Theanine, B-6, B12 and Passion Flower and Ashwagadha..Help..I need something to work

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by laurel453, May 01, 2013
hummm... i have heard that ashwagadha is a good one, it supports the thyroid and helps with hormonal issues,....all in all, a disciplined life is what helps me, working on my thoughts and following my therapist's advices help me deal with anxiety which was really taking a toll on me a couple of years ago and i can control it more or less now, i still have bad days but they have to do more with external causes than my mind so i keep working on my thoughts to face these problems... Go back to that diet you followed and that made you feel better.... meditation helps a lot too, some exercise... i also take green tea capsules ( rich on Ltheanine) and omegas capsules plus vitamin C... i remember that i took 5htp for a year but i am not sure if it helped cause it was during my first year which was the tougher so maybe it helped not to feel worse which is a lot ;) Back then i also took a B's complex and now whenever i feel exhausted but not on a daily basis..It might take some time so do not get discouraged, Vicki... keep working on yourself and it will pay off, trust me :)

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by laurel453, May 01, 2013
what are your symptoms, btw ? :)

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