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0:00 Introduction: What is valerian root? 0:43 How GABA affects anxiety 2:15 Why you shouldn’t take GABA for insomnia 2:50 Getting to the root of your symptoms 3:48 Why you shouldn’t take melatonin 4:35 How to increase your melatonin naturally 6:42 The best ways to support sleep, calmness, and wellbeing 8:38 Thanks for watching
In this video, we’re going to talk about valerian root.
Valerian root is an herb that can help with anxiety. However, it's not a good solution to insomnia.
Valerian root provides benefits similar to valium for symptoms of anxiety but without many of the side effects.
Both valerian root and valium help increase the effects of GABA by blocking GABA receptors. When receptors can’t take in GABA, more of it stays in your nervous system for longer.
Why is this important? GABA is a crucial neurotransmitter that helps reduce stress and support calmness. Those who are deficient in this neurotransmitter tend to experience anxiety and insomnia.
Kimchi helps boost GABA by supporting gut microbes that create neurotransmitters.
Valerian is a sedative—so taking it before bed can produce some unwanted effects, including: • Drowsiness • Sluggishness • Slow heart rate • Insomnia • Daytime sleepiness
It’s better to get to the root of the problem. Why are you experiencing anxiety, sleeplessness, or a low mood?
These can be symptoms of hormone and neurotransmitter imbalances. High cortisol is the primary hormone behind anxiety and sleeping problems. Additionally, poor sleep is associated with low melatonin—and low melatonin related to low serotonin. Those with a serotonin deficiency often experience depression.
It’s important to increase your melatonin, but without taking melatonin supplements. Supplementing any hormone can reduce your body’s natural output that hormone over time.
These are the best ways to support sleep, calmness, and wellbeing naturally: 1. Increase exercise and physical work 2. Increase infrared light exposure 3. Take vitamin B1 (naturally found in nutritional yeast and sunflower seeds) 4. Support your microbiome with probiotics 5. Healthy Keto and intermittent fasting
Dr. Eric Berg DC Bio: Dr. Berg, age 56, is a chiropractor who specializes in Healthy Ketosis & Intermittent Fasting. He is the author of the best-selling book The Healthy Keto Plan, and is the Director of Dr. Berg Nutritionals. He no longer practices, but focuses on health education through social media.
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Disclaimer: Dr. Eric Berg received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1988. His use of “doctor” or “Dr.” in relation to himself solely refers to that degree. Dr. Berg is a licensed chiropractor in Virginia, California, and Louisiana, but he no longer practices chiropractic in any state and does not see patients so he can focus on educating people as a full time activity, yet he maintains an active license. This video is for general informational purposes only. It should not be used to self-diagnose and it is not a substitute for a medical exam, cure, treatment, diagnosis, and prescription or recommendation. It does not create a doctor-patient relationship between Dr. Berg and you. You should not make any change in your health regimen or diet before first consulting a physician and obtaining a medical exam, diagnosis, and recommendation. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.
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Thanks for watching. I hope this helped explain the best ways to support sleep, calmness, and wellbeing. I’ll see you in the next video.
By: Dr. Eric Berg DC Title: Why VALERIAN ROOT Should NOT be Taken for Sleep Sourced From: www.youtube.com/watch?v=AqtFt20Ah6c