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Is depression your best-kept secret? Then you are not alone! Experiencing depression, insomnia, anxiety or fatigue is more common than you think. The good news is that every condition has a solution and improvement can be seen surprisingly quickly when the proper combination of corrective measures is instituted. Your mental state of being is very directly connected to your biological health. Simple changes in diet, for instance, have the ability to shift brain chemistry in such a way as to improve your outlook and capacity to deal with the stresses in your life. It is presumptuous of us to think that our attitudes and stress managing abilities remain separate from the biological impairments of our diet. If nothing else, improvements in our food choices along with specific supplement intake, will undoubtedly contribute to our sense of well-being.
Serotonin is a natural hormone that transmits nerve impulses. Simply put, when serotonin is functioning correctly in your brain, you have a positive sense of well being. When serotonin is not making the proper connection with brain cells, the result is depression, often accompanied by other health problems such as insomnia and migraine headaches. Omega-3s improve the brain cells’ ability to receive serotonin so it is no wonder research concludes that increasing the uptake of omega 3’s will favorably improve your depression.
The best source of omega-3 is fish, particularly dark meat fish such as tuna and swordfish. Because of the concerns about mercury in fresh water fish, Fish oil supplements are an excellent alternative, and will deliver far more omega-3 than your diet ever could. High levels of B vitamins have also been shown to relieve symptoms of depression. In addition to supplements, good dietary sources of vitamin B are: tuna, salmon, avocados, bananas, mangoes, potatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, poultry and meat. Just remember that stress is believed to deplete your body’s store of B vitamins which contributes directly to depression, insomnia, fatigue and headaches.
People who are depressed are often deficient in magnesium, as well, which is found in whole grains, nuts and leafy green vegetables. Herbal supplements like valerian root, chamomile, black cohosh, and rosemary may also help manage depression. St. John’s Wort is sometimes called “natural Prozac” for its apparent ability to help manage the proper functioning of seratonin in the brain. St. John’s Wort is used 3 to 1 over Prozac in Europe, because they value the properties of natural remedies more than North Americans.
One of the greatest mistakes people make is assuming depression is simply a mental, condition when, in fact, proper nutrition is as important to your mental health as it is to your digestion, skin and liver function. As an example of how mineral balance affects our emotional being, LOW ZINC can contribute to our indecision and even male impotency. High zinc can make us detached and sometimes be the martyr type. EXCESS IRON translates into aggression, irritability and a rigid attitude in life. Heavy metals such as LEAD can interfere with our absorption of iron and be a major contributor towards anemia and fatigue.
Are you stubborn and controlling with egotistical tendencies? CADMIUM has powerful aldosterone-like effect in the system, raising sodium levels and pushes digestion towards fast oxidation. Cadmium lowers copper, thus covering up fears. The presence of this heavy metal in the system pushes an individual towards exhibiting their masculine aspects but not necessarily in a pleasing manner! It is advisable to rule out hypothyroidism, as a low functioning thyroid is a huge contributor to depression. Relief from depression or anxiety and hypothyroidism can be as close as taking high doses of fish oils, eating foods that correspond to your blood type and exercising. These simple changes will most definitely benefit those battling the blues.