By Jules Allen, Functional Medicine Practitioner

Overcoming Depression: Change your brain chemistry to regain joy and motivation.

Language: English
All Levels

Course description

Depression and low motivation are a growing problem, with many people finding that nothing seems to help them feel better or lift their mood..  The benefit of medication, vitamins and 'pep me up' tonics is short lived and for many people, growing older looms with increasing low mood and energy, robbing us of the joy it is our right as vital humans, to experience.   We may go from doctor, to psychologist, to psychiatrist, with no light at the end of the tunnel, creating more anxiety, stress and fear for our future, for how can we face our future when we feel so low?   This course will give you  essential information about the foundations of depression, specifically about neurotransmitters such as Serotonin and Dopamine and what we need to do, to either enhance medication we are taking, or turn around the downward spiral leading to the ineffective or diminishing supply of our necessary neurotransmitters   Specifically, this course will increase your understanding of insulin, a hormone we are constantly exposed to, and how exactly Insulin affects neurotransmitter activity, particularly that of Serotonin and Dopamine.    This course will give you a place to start, with changes you yourself can effect, without the need for expensive consultations. It will give you some guidelines in order to begin to make positive, impactful changes to turn low mood and depression around.

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Course overview - 11

  • Introduction, lecturer qualification and disclaimer

  • Description: Signs of mood imbalance

  • What are Neurotransmitters?

  • Impact of Insulin, hypoglycaemia and Insulin Resistance on Neurotransmitters.

  • What part does stress and adrenal exhaustion play in affecting our neuro-transmitters.

  • How exactly does insulin change the action of our neuro-transmitters?

  • Overview and physical signs that you may have insulin resistance.

  • How neurons protect themselves when there is too much serotonin.

  • Steps I can take

  • What does the gut have to do with mood?

  • Goodbye and thanks

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Meet your instructor

Jules Allen
Jules AllenFunctional Medicine Practitioner
I trained initially as a podiatrist and then went on to do a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Communication. I  have a private podiatry practice, specializing in diabetic and arthritic patients, but added to that, while in practice, I studied Exercise Science (SA), Health and Nutrition (UK), and Functional Medicine (USA), with a special interest in genetics.  Functional medicine looks at the interplay between our genes, nutrition, lifestyle, exercise and stress and how that relates to health and chronic, non- communicable conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer, osteoporosis and ageing. My sub- studies include genetics, pain management, detoxification, gut management, energy management, hormone and sexual health. I am concerned at the downward spiral in health care and believe strongly that much of our health status lies within our own power.  Education is everything, but most of us do not have the time to sift through this information, to establish what will work for us, in our own unique context. I have lectured for the Institute of Neuroscience, private corporations and at small workshops.  I am committed to empowering people, so they are informed and can make health choices that will impact positively on their life and vitality. I also consult on a one-on-one basis, and remain in frequent... sometimes daily... contact with my clients, as they negotiate the changes they need to make, in order to gain, or sustain, health. I lecture extensively on topics such as: Understanding Belly Fat    Insulin and mental acuity    Breast health and cancer    Genetics and risk of non-communicable disease    Genetics and breast cancer    Avoiding NHI    Depression and neurotransmitter health    Power of genetics    Gut health and the microbiome    How to lose weight    Reducing pain    Benefits of fasting and intermittent fasting