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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

Deficiency:

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.

#4: B-Vitamins

Deficiency:

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

Iron Deficiencies:

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

brain function.

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

amino acids.

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.

Health and Wellness Associates

312-972-WELL