Lithium is a cure for depression or harm
Many media outlets regularly write about how to resist stress: practice yoga and sex, meditate, run in the morning, sleep for 8 hours, do not read the news … The list goes on and on. But let’s be honest: for many people in modern society, life without constant stress is utopia. Stress, if you want – a chronic “disease” of most citizens. And when a disease cannot be defeated, the only thing that remains is to learn how to live with it. Some factors — often unexpected — can influence how you perceive stress. About one of these unobvious causes of “nervous breakdowns” – the lack of lithium in the body – in the material of Professor Olga Gromova.What is lithium?
Lithium battery is made of your smartphone, laptop, camera. Lithium is widely used in psychiatry – as a medicine for patients with bipolar disorder. And lithium is a valuable trace element that is important for the functioning of our body, and in particular, the nervous system.
Look at the composition of the vitamin complexes you drink. You can find there different vitamins, iron, magnesium and calcium, and even such rare trace elements as molybdenum, tin and nickel … But where is the lithium?
This trace element is rarely added to multivitamins. There are two possible reasons. The first is a bias against lithium as a psychiatric medicine, which is quite toxic at high doses. The second is the underestimation of the importance of lithium for our body.
But today there are more and more studies proving that a sufficient amount of lithium in the body is really important for resisting stress. And scientists have created such forms of lithium, which are effective in small doses and non-toxic.
How to understand if you need Li
Determine the lack of lithium in the body: 5 signs
The most objective way to find out about the actual shortage of lithium in the body is to take a test for lithium content in the hair and in the blood. However, it is immediately worth noting that this is a rather rare and complex analysis, moreover, it is expensive, and it is not accessible to everyone. And not everyone needs to take it. First, analyze whether you have any indirect signs of its absence, as shown below. And if it seems to you that there is, then in any case, it is necessary to confirm or deny this together with your doctor, who, if necessary, will be able to recommend safe forms of lithium and dosage.
1. You live in Russia
Most of our population has a shortage of lithium.
This trace element must come to us with food. But in the food and water that we consume, especially in the central part of Russia, there is extremely little valuable substance. The exceptions are products grown on volcanic soils in the Crimea and the Caucasus, and water from local sources.
From the food that Russians eat regularly, a decent amount of lithium can be … in a borsch. Or rather – in the beet, which is included in its composition. No wonder we love this “popular” soup! However, if you do not eat soup every day for breakfast and dinner, it is likely that you will still have a shortage of lithium.
2. Under stress, your mood deteriorates
Of course, it is quite normal to respond to stress with some depression. But a person with a stable psyche is usually able to quickly pull himself together – and begin to solve the problems that have appeared.
In a person with a lithium deficiency, this does not work. The problems seem terrible and insurmountable, I want to hide in a corner and hide there until better times. In a study on rats, it was found that lithium is involved in the process of producing serotonin, the so-called “hormone of happiness” and that is why it is considered “stabilizing mood.”
3. You tend to “solve” problems with alcohol or, for example, delicious food.
This is called “dependent behavior.” And it’s not so important what exactly you are dependent on – from drinking, tobacco, computer games, serials, buns, a loved one … The desire to rush into consoling dependence on the background of stress is an alarm bell that says something happens in your body wrong. And, perhaps, it was the lack of lithium that influenced the development of addictive behavior.
4. You periodically fall into apathy and into a state of “all meaningless”
Perhaps you have been living in such a state for a long time, or maybe you even have thoughts of suicide.
This is very similar to depression. If you suspect that you are depressed or close to it, you should visit a psychiatrist or psychotherapist and get a more accurate diagnosis.
However, it is worth noting that lithium deficiency can also lead to depressive states, because, as we said above, it affects the process of serotonin production in response to stress.