Step 1. Long standing pain and inflammation may signal the wrong chemicals throughout the body, eventually creating negative emotional problems like depression. Other symptoms that may occur are confusion, sleep problems and anxiety.
Step 2. Food sensitivities or allergies can affect the absorption of nutrients that the brain needs. If you suffer from reflux, bloating, irritable bowel or blood sugar problems, these are the common symptoms that reveal food sensitivities or food allergies. Toxic substances can pass into the bloodstream affecting your mental health.
Step 3. If the liver is not functioning correctly, low levels of serotonin and dopamine can result, which can give rise to anxiety, anger and depression. Nutrients like vitamin B6, B12 and Folic Acid are necessary for healthy liver function.
Step 4. Heavy metal and chemical toxicity: Heavy metal toxicity is known to be causative or a contributing factor to mood and central nervous system problems. Certain people are more affected than others depending upon their toxicity load. With heavy metals and chemicals aggression, irritability, memory loss, learning problems and headaches usually accompany depression.
Step 5. “Your Body is Rusting” or oxidative stress. I am sure you have heard of antioxidants. Antioxidants are the nutrients needed to repair oxidative damage (rust is the end result of oxygen attacking metal) the brain is particularly effected by oxidative stress. And the other symptoms associated are arthritis, early senility, immune problems, heart disease and chronic tiredness.
Step 6. Blood Sugar Problems: Blood sugar that moves up and down can impact mood and behavioural problems. Coupled with a high carbohydrate diet, and an unbalanced food intake, the risk of depression is increased. Here the symptoms include mood swings, erratic behaviour before and after eating, low energy, pins and needles and trembling.
Step 7. Hormonal Imbalance… Research has led to the discovery that anxiety and depression are associated with abnormal levels of hormones. The Adrenal glands, Thyroid, Liver and Pituitary gland all come in to play. An imbalance in the oestrogen – progesterone balance can contribute to depression, mood swings, migraines and violent outbursts. Where low testosterone is associated with lack of interest and being passive whereas high levels lead to aggression.
Step 8. Nutrient deficiencies… Individuals who suffer from mood disorders may be deficient in particular nutrients and must be supported with appropriate nutritional and or herbal supplements. Nutrients of particular importance are the B group vitamins, magnesium, omega 3 fatty acids and herbs like Withania to name a few.
Step 9. And last but by no means least is, to re-establish neurotransmitter balance. Neurotransmitters are naturally occurring chemicals that relay messages between nerve cells throughout the body. If there is not enough circulating neurotransmitters depression to a multitude of symptoms may occur from cramps, to headaches, to aggression and to immune problems.
Exercise is beneficial as it increases the production of happy endorphins that increases a sense of wellbeing. The hardest thing to do with understanding depression is to put your hand up and say you need help. So please ask for help as depression can be helped.
At VITAL HEALTH AND NATURAL MEDICINE we can help you with the prevention and the natural treatment of Depression. For a confidential consultation call Domenic now on 9382 9790