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Depression – not all in your mind!

“A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” (Proverbs 17:22)

Depressed young man Often a poor appetite is found along side depression.

Nutrition Can Play a Role in Depression

There are many reasons why somebody may suffer from depression, but certainly, a bad diet or nutritional deficiencies due to poor diet or digestive disorders may play a role or even make an existing condition worse. Often poor appetite is found along side depression, with a lack of interest in making good nutritious meals and so confounding the condition even further.

Vegetables including beetroot and spinach Homocysteine levels can influence mood.

Physical Conditions May Influence Mood

Let’s take a quick look at some of the conditions and factors that may influence mood and highlight some of the nutrients and foods involved for a healthy mood. This is a huge area to discuss and every person will have different reasons, be it psychological or physical for their illness. However many physical conditions can be the underlying cause, such as food allergies, blood sugar imbalances, hypothyroidism, hormonal imbalances, heavy metal exposure, high copper or Homocysteine levels and more serious conditions, such as cancer. But many prescription drugs can also affect mood. It is worth investigating, finding and treating the cause.

Stressed woman Stress is one of the major factors these days in increasing levels of depression.

Stress May Play a Part in Depression

Stress is one of the major factors these days in the increasing levels of depression. Other life style factors such as alcohol, smoking, caffeine and lack of exercise make the condition worse. Stress, especially prolonged stress has a negative impact on our body, overall. Sustained high stress hormone (Cortisol) levels impair digestion, metabolism, destroy healthy muscle and bone, slow down healing and normal cell regeneration, interferes with biochemicals needed to make other vital hormones, and mental function, interfere with healthy endocrine function and weaken the immune system.

Pregnant tummy in pink shirt Stress can have a negative impact on fertility

Depression May be the Result of Hormone Imbalance

Often when there are high levels of Cortisol, there are low levels of another hormone called dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA). DHEA is the precursor to many hormones such as oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone and it is necessary to maintain a balance of hormones in the body. (This is one of the reasons stress can have a negative impact on fertility). When DHEA levels are low it can result in fatigue, bone loss, depression, decreased sex drive and low immunity.

Diet Affects Mood

Neurotransmitters (impulse transporters between nerve cells) in the brain, play a large role in how we feel. They are mostly made from vitamins, minerals and fatty acids, so what’s in our diet - or what’s not in it for that matter, can affect our mood. Read On

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A naturopathic treatment always starts with a thorough investigation to find the root of the problem, whatever the health concern may be. We are all very individual: as there are no two snowflakes alike, neither are any two human bodies. Once we found the cause, with a tailor made menu plan and herbal supplement regime your body can be gently ushered back to health - without side effects.

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