Depression and Moods, What to Do!
Depression and mood disorders are devastating health problems
today. When you go to your doctor, their answer is often a prescription for one
of the various popular anti-depressant drugs. Many doctors do not investigate
for metabolic or nutritional deficiencies that may be the ‘real problem’ for
your depression. Patients have no idea why they feel so awful or where to start
looking for the answer. They expect their doctor to give them real solutions.
Instead they get drugs as the easy fix. Drugs are not an easy fix because of
the serious side effects that come with taking them. Doctors prescribe these
drugs from information they get from the drug sales rep which often is only
part-truth. The side effects and dangers of these drugs are down-played or left
out altogether. Prescription drugs should only be prescribed after other
medical problems have been ruled out.
Learn About 10
Nutrient Deficiencies That Cause Depression and Mood Disorder Symptoms:
If you suffer from depression or mood disorders you may be
deficient in one of the nutrients below. Researchers have found that many
people who suffer from depression and mood disorders are deficient in not just
one nutrient but several, all contributing to the symptoms.
#1: Healthy Food Deficiency?
Junk Food Diet
Is your diet filled with sugar, junk foods, sodas, or processed
foods? Do you often skip meals. If you suffer from depression or mood
disorders, start a food diary of the foods you eat every day. You will find
answers to your health problems while doing that. Your shopping cart and
refrigerator tell the story of your health. My husband works as a cashier at
Walmart. People shopping for their family fill their cart with junk sugar
filled cereal, chips, candy, soda, , TV dinners, and over-processed food in
general. Seven-Elevens thrive on selling candy, soda, and chips to the
eat-on-the-run customers. There are very few fresh vegetables or fruit on the
average American’s grocery list. This is why so many Americans are obese,
depressed, and suffering from diabetes. If your life is not going well, eating
junk food is not going to improve your outlook.
#2: Omega-3 Fatty Acids
These are found in foods such as fish and Flax Seed Oil. A
deficiency of Omega-3 fatty acids or an imbalance between Omega 3 and Omega 6
fatty acids may be one of the contributing factors to your depression. Omega 3
Fatty acids are important to brain function and your mental outlook on life.
They also help people who suffer from inflammation and pain problems.
Researchers have found that many patients with depression and mood disorders
are deficient in Omega 3 Fatty Acids. It is important to buy fish oil that has
been cold processed and tested for heavy metals and other contamination. It
should state that on the label.
#3: Vitamin D Deficiency:
Important to immune function, bones, and brain health. Sunlight is
the richest source for natural Vitamin D. The Journal
Clinical Nutrition in Jan 21st, 2013
published the result
of research that analyzed over 18000 British citizens for Vitamin D deficiencies and
associated mental disorders links. They found that a deficiency of Vitamin D was present in
patients with depression and panic disorders. The study results stated that
people who are deficient in Vitamin D are at higher risk for developing
depression later in life. Most seniors are deficient in Vitamin D. Often people
working long hours in offices are deficient as well. Get out in the sun. Take a
walk during your lunch break or walk your dog. Play a game with your kids
outside away from computers and the television. Get out of the house and into
the sunshine. Just don’t overdo it if you are sensitive to the sun. Overdoing
it is not good either.
There is much research in Neuropsychiatry that proves the link
between B-Vitamin deficiencies and mood disorders including depression. Buy gel
capsules instead of tablets with at least 25 mg for each of the different B-
Vitamins included in the formulation.
#5: Zinc , Folate, Chromium, and
Patients with depression are often found deficient in many
nutrients including these. Often today’s foods are sadly lacking in minerals
and trace minerals.
#6: Iodine Deficiency:
Iodine is necessary for the
thyroid to work properly. The thyroid, part of the endocrine system, is one of
the most important glands in your body. The thyroid gland affects every
function of the body including body temperature, immune function, and brain
function. Iodine is found in foods such as
potatoes, cranberries, Kelp, Arame, Hiziki, Kombu, and Wakame. This problem was
once solved by using Iodine enriched salt. Today
iodine deficiency is again becoming a problem with salt free diets. Salty
chips, processed foods, and junk food do not contain iodized salt.
#7: Amino Acids Deficiency:
There are 9 necessary amino acids that cannot be manufactured in your body. You
must supply them to the body by eating quality food choices.
Amino acids are found in meat, eggs, fish, high quality beans, seeds and nuts. You need to eat a variety of
different foods to furnish the body with all the amino acids needed to be
healthy. Not all foods contain all nine amino acids. Vegetable food sources for
amino acids include Moringa Oleifera leaves. Your brain uses the amino acids
found in the food you eat to manufacture neurotransmitters needed for optimal
What are neurotransmitters and
what do they have to do with depression?
Healthy brain function needs the proper balance of
neurotransmitters. Some neurotransmitters calm the brain and others excite the
brain. Their balance in the brain creates stability of emotions and thinking.
Often depression and other mental disorders are caused by imbalances in
neurotransmitters. Dopamine, noradrenaline, and GABA are three important
neurotransmitters often deficient in depression. Orthomolecular physicians have
found that treatment with amino acids including tryptophan, tyrosine,
phenylalanine, and methionine can correct different mood disorders like
depression. The Orthomolecular doctor first takes urine and blood samples to
test your amino acid levels. Then if he finds imbalances, you will be given
amino acid supplements in the optimal dosage to correct the problem.
Orthomolecular doctors treat the base cause for the depression or mental
symptoms. If it is a nutritional imbalance such as a Omega 3 deficiency, you
will be prescribed that supplement. Instead of treating with drugs, they treat
the deficiencies that cause the mental symptoms with vitamins, minerals, and
There are tests that prove nutrient deficiencies. The problem is
often your standard medicine doctor will not give clearance for the tests, nor
will your insurance pay for them. Most doctors are not schooled in nutrition
and diet. They have no time to go over your eating and lifestyle habits. Saying
that, a few companies and health providers exist who do have preventive health
programs. The reality is a majority of people do not get quality preventive
healthcare, especially those on Medicaid or Medical. You need to visit a
holistic doctor who knows his nutrition. More than likely you will have to pay
out-of-pocket for the tests. You can go through Life Extension Institute. After
becoming a member, you can receive the tests through the mail. You take the kit
to a lab to get your blood drawn. You then send the kit back by mail and
receive the results by mail. They do not give you interpretation for the tests
nor how to correct the problems found by testing. You can at least find out
what vitamins and minerals you are deficient in. Drug-focused therapy is the
main reason that so many people never get diagnosed properly. Insurance plans
will pay for drugs but not nutritional supplements. That is the sad state of
our health care system here. You must take control of your health and find a
doctor whose goal is holistic and preventative medicine.
If you need assistance with this, give us a call at Health and
Wellness Associates. Remember, we are
completely confidential, we do not report to your employer or medical insurance
company. We offer a Fair Ability to pay
program to keep things between you and us.
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