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.
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 can be down-played or left out altogether. Prescription drugs should be a last resort after other medical problems have been ruled out
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, anxiety and mood disorders are deficient in not just one nutrient but several, all contributing to the symptoms.
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, anxiety, or mood disorders, start a food diary of the foods you eat every day. Take notice of how you are feeling before, during and after you eat. Keep a journal. I also ask clients to make note of what emotions they are feeling too.
Your shopping cart and refrigerator tell the story of your health. People shopping for their family who fill their cart with junk sugar filled cereal, chips, candy, soda, TV dinners, and over-processed food in general are harming themselves and their family of the nutrients needed for optimal health.
This is why so many are obese, depressed, and suffering from diabetes. If your life is not going well, eating junk food is not going to improve your outlook.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids Deficiency
These are found in foods like 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 will inflammation and pain. Researchers have found that many patients with depression and mood disorders are deficient in Omega 3 Fatty Acids.
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. Often people working long hours in offices are deficient as well. Its important to get out and get some sunshine each day… and when you can’t, take your vitamin D3 supplement. 5 to 10,000 IU recommended.
There is much research in Neuropsychiatry that proves the link between B-Vitamin deficiencies and mood disorders including depression. Be sure to purchase high quality supplements without the toxic fillers.
Zinc, Folate, Chromium, and Iron Deficiencies
Patients with depression are often found deficient in many nutrients including Zinc, Folate, Chromium, and Iron. Often today’s foods are sadly lacking in minerals and trace minerals.
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.
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 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. 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?
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.
Prevention is key, and looking after one’s own health needs to be a priority. Without health, what else is there? Many cannot enjoy life or the family and things they have because they do not have good mental or physical health. Take time to nourish your body, mind and spirit.
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