Blah and Blue Bundle Includes:
- Adrenal Support, 90 capsules. Dr. Doni’s Adrenal Support is a combination of standardized herbs and nutrients which are known to contribute to rejuvenating the adrenals.
- Be Happy 5HTP Support is a synergistic formula of 5-hydroxytryptophan (50 mg) and vitamin B6 (10 mg) per serving for supporting overall neurotransmitter metabolism by providing precursors of serotonin.
- GABA Support provides calming neurotransmitter support to promote relaxation, positive mood, and restful sleep
BLAH AND BLUE
A Blah and Blue type has low cortisol with low adrenaline. Cortisol and adrenaline are our stress hormones.
This is caused by exposure to recurrent or chronic stress. The stress response system (called the HPA axis) is not recovering, as it should, and your adrenal glands are becoming less able to keep up with the demand for cortisol and adrenaline.
Blah and Blue Bundle Treatment:
Not to worry, though. Now that we know your adrenal glands need help to produce cortisol and adrenaline, we can use natural substances that are known to support adrenal function. These substances are non-addictive and have no known side effects. Of course, if you are allergic to these substances, you’ll need to choose a different option.
#1 Herbs and Nutrients:
- Vitamin C: 500 mg to 1,000 mg once or twice per day.
- Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic acid): 500 mg to 1,000 mg once or twice per day.
- Herbs including holy basil (often referred to as tulsi), rhodiola, herbal licorice and eleutherococcus (Siberian ginseng).
- The above are known to increase production of cortisol and potentially adrenaline as well.
- It’s an amino acid and a precursor nutrient of adrenaline, also known as norepinephrine and epinephrine.
- COMT is the enzyme that metabolizes adrenaline. You may have a form of COMT that metabolizes adrenaline more quickly, especially under stress, leaving you with lower adrenaline levels.
- By taking tyrosine, your body will be able to make more adrenaline.
- Dosage: 50 mg to 200 mg per day, taken in the morning.
Before taking tyrosine and supporting adrenaline, and consistent with the Stress Recovery Protocol, Dr. Doni has found that it is essential to also support the calming (inhibitory) neurotransmitters, GABA and Serotonin.
These neurotransmitters are often depleted by stress exposure, and when we don’t have enough, it leaves us vulnerable to experiencing the effects of stress.
To truly recover and get ahead of stress, it is important to ensure adequate calming neurotransmitters, which can be done using a clinical nutrition protocol known as amino acid therapy. Amino acids are the metabolic building blocks of protein.
We access amino acids via protein in our diet which are transformed into neurotransmitters in the human digestive tract. When the diet is low in protein, and the digestion and microbiome are disrupted (often due to stress), we don’t make adequate amounts of these neurotransmitters to keep up with our stress exposure.
These are the natural substances we can take as part of the Stress Recovery Protocol:
#3 5HTP (5-Hydrodroxytryptophan):
- It’s used as a precursor to serotonin.
- Dosage: 50 mg to 200 mg per day, taken with food to start, and often preferred to take at bedtime.
- If you are taking an SSRI or SNRI or other psychotropic medicine, it is important to work with a clinical nutritionist who understands the use of amino acids with medications.
- This amino acid, and GABA itself can be used to support GABA levels.
- Dosage: 100 mg to 600 mg of L-Theanine per day, and 200 mg to 600 mg of GABA, spread out through the day.
Meanwhile, it’s important to work on healing the gut to improve the body’s ability to make GABA and serotonin going forward.
Blah and Blue Bundle Recommendations:
- Whenever beginning to take supplements – whether nutrients, herbs, or other substances – it is important to start one at a time and at a low dose so that you can observe how your body responds.
- If you notice any new symptoms, such as a rash or headache, stop taking the new substance and talk with your naturopathic doctor or functional medicine practitioner to help guide you.
- Once you have a sense that a substance is okay for you, you can add the next, and then the goal is to fine-tune your doses based on your individual needs.
- Doni encourages you to use your SelfC.A.R.E. Notebook to track your 5 body signals – energy, mood, sleep, focus, and body – each day and optimize your doses.