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Natural Connectors: Be at One

You know those times when you feel completely in tune with others, and the world seems to be a wonderful place? No, it isn't the world that changes: it's the way you see it. And your perception is affected by both your brain's chemistry and your frame of mind. Entheogens such as Ecstasy (MDMA) can temporarily get you "high," but at a price. Natural connectors, on the other hand, combined with lifestyle changes that help develop the right frame of mind, can help you to feel connected much of the time, with no downside in sight.

In the following sections, we'll be investigating a handful of natural connectors that are widely available from supplement providers.

  • Tryptophan and 5-hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP).
  • S-adenosyl-methionine (SAMe) and trimethylglycine (TMG).
  • Vitamins B3, B6, B12, and folic acid.
  • Kava.
  • Sceletium.
The chemistry of connection is all about having a healthy balance of neurotransmitters, specifically dopamine, serotonin, and DMT. The best way to achieve optimal levels is to supplement with a cocktail of supporting nutrients. Here's what happened to Jeremy, a psychologist who decided to try natural connectors:

My life had become a roller coaster of highs and lows, with many more lows than highs. I decided to clean up my act for a month, and started taking 5-HTP, SAMe, and B vitamins, plus kava in the evenings. Within a week, I stopped feeling like a "victim" and started to feel in charge and in tune. My mood and outlook on life noticeably improved.

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From NATURAL HIGHS: Supplements, Nutrition, and Mind/Body Techniques to Help You Feel Good by Hyla Cass and Patrick Holford. Copyright © Hyla Cass, M.D., and Patrick Holford. Used by arrangement with Avery, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

To order this book visit www.penguin.com. Get a 15% discount with the coupon code FENPARENT.


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