How To Overcome Depression: What Is Betaine?

Betaine, also known as trimethylglycine (TMG), acts as a neurotransmitter and enhances our brain's ability to maintain adequate levels of the "feel good" hormones serotonin and dopamine. As I explained in another article on how to overcome depression, this is a sad drug that is trying to imitate you.

The problem with prescription drugs has its terrible side effects. Instead of going that way, we should try to improve our emotions naturally. In a series of articles on how to overcome stress naturally I have included a number of helpful tips.

These include:

Increase our magnesium levels, even using topical supplement if necessary, as deficiencies increase.

Taking natural herbs, St. John's Wort with its historically and clinically proven effects or natural tryptophan supplements.

Use enough sulfur containing the amino acids found mainly in eggs and meat, but other good sources include liver, cod liver oil, fish shell, fish eggs and butter and cream.

To avoid aluminum cookware and sweets made as aspartame are found in many soft drinks, as well as msg and amalgam of dental mecury.

Using an additive like zeolite or, conversely, diatomaceous earth to release mercury from our bodies. The levels of mercury pollution worldwide are alarming and unavoidable.

You do not need to train long distances, but you may be surprised at how much exercise helps you to improve your mood!

In this article I want to introduce another simple natural resource, to the list of anti-stress tips. Beets are not only an excellent source of betaine but also have a number of other medicinal properties.

Like sulfur-containing amino acids and tryptophan, betaine acts as a neurotransmitter for serotonin and dopamine. It therefore has the positive effect of "emotional enhancement," which can bring about positive changes in the state of depression.

Although beets have an impressive history of medicinal use in many countries, we do not seem to notice this in our ever-growing practice in health management. Beets and beet juice have been shown to be effective in treating cancer.

Even with up to 5% sugar, this is about equal to the amount of minerals that beetroot is allowed for people with diabetes. Minerals include iron, copper, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, magnesium, essential anti-stress and essential minerals.

Beets are also a good source of carotenes, B complex and vitamin C. They protect the liver and promote the flow of bile needed to digest soluble vitamins, both of which are essential for overcoming stress. Beets are considered to rejuvenate the blood and strengthen the whole body.

The most beneficial way to eat beets is to boil them. Then they also have the most positive, stimulating effects on disrupted cellular function. This is where they help in the treatment of cancer. I explain some of the benefits of fermentation in another article.

I made a beet tonic made following Ukrainian beet kvass, which I drank about 4 oz daily in the morning and at night. It amazes my condition and helps my digestion, cleansing my liver and strengthening my blood. It is an excellent blood tonic which, and it is always encouraging.

I also ferment beets, which make for a more delicious meal and increase vitamin content and make all the nutrients in the bio more productive by producing powerful enzymes. Boiling beets and making kvass is very easy.

With kvass I do not even filter the beets. I just mix them with a stiff veggie brush and cut a few medium sizes and place them in a pot of march. I throw in 1 1/2 tsp of sea salt and a couple of Tbsp whey and fill it with filtered water about an inch from the top.

I cover it tightly and leave it in a warm room for a few days. Then I put it in the fridge and make it available every day. I keep a few jars to accomplish this. When I finish one I just add 1 tsp of salt and fill it with water again.

After the second round, I dump the beets in my compost pile and start another cycle. Ripe beets are not very different only when I cook them first in a basket in a pressure cooker until soft. I drill a few holes in it first so as not to cause any explosive damage.

After peeling I fill a jar of mason with beets cut into strips of about 1/4 size, like julienne frames, leaving the same space at the top after pressing them down gently. I melt a Tbsp of sea salt under a cup of water and 1/4 cup whey to cover it, leaving an inch on top of the pot.