The desperate feeling of being unable to get out of bed, losing the joy of life and simply feeling too embarrassed to speak to anyone about it can leave you in a desperate situation. Many children become depressed at a very young age and parents simply cannot understand why. Many parents become depressed dragging the family down when in reality in some cases there are often some simple steps that can be taken to tackle depression naturally.
Our bodies run on vitamins, minerals and amino acids. These together allow the body to make and balance hormones that keep our brain working and ultimately keep us happy.
The most common deficiency that I see at my clinic that can cause depression is vitamin D and magnesium deficiency. If you feel that you are happy in the summer but miserable in the winter there is a good chance that you need to take vitamin D. The best way forward is to ask your GP for a Vitamin D blood test and follow your doctors instructions from there.
Magnesium deficiency is a huge problem. Manufacturers continually bombard us with the benefits of taking calcium when in reality the body cannot use calcium without magnesium and vitamin D.
Magnesium helps to calm the body, relaxing muscles, balancing blood sugar and cooling down the blood which all in all can create very quickly a sense of calm and well-being. Many medical studies have shown the value of magnesium for treating depression. A magnesium supplement that contains B6 is the best choice and starting at 300mg working up to 600mg a day and see how you feel.
A deficiency of B vitamins can also cause depression. When we are stressed for example the body uses up high levels of B vitamins and when we run out the body cannot function properly and something always goes wrong. Taking a good quality high strength time-released B vitamin supplement can do wonders to our mental wellbeing.
A deficiency of amino acids can also cause depression. This can affect people who are vegetarian or vegan but often a deficiency of amino acids relates to low stomach acid rather than anything else. Broad Spectrum Amino Acids can be beneficial for some to resolve depression.
Finally, at a deep level, opting to get a hair test to show the levels of minerals in your body is ultimately the most beneficial road, allowing you to see clearly any deficiencies such as magnesium and also the level of sodium.
The sodium level on a hair test indicates how well your adrenal glands are working. Low sodium indicates that your adrenal glands are exhausted and that you can handle stress a lot less than someone with healthy adrenal glands. In the case of the patients that I treat with depression their sodium is normally around 2-3 when it should be around 24. This means that coffee, alcohol, stress, high levels of sugar all cause the body to be further exhausted continually using up vitamins, minerals and amino acids. These patients are simply exhausted. When the body is exhausted even just one coffee a day can cause depression, a sense of worthlessness when in reality building up the body and avoiding anything that causes stress allows the adrenal glands slowly to gain strength and allowing us to feel happy again.
When our body is exhausted we tend to think too much and small things become large things, people start to annoy us and we start to withdraw from society, these are common signs of depression. I see this with children as well as adults who have been born with low levels of vitamins, minerals and amino acids. In other cases depression can come from desperate situations that have affected our lives that we have been unable to deal with. In these cases additional help is often required. That is not to say however that the above steps would not prove beneficial too.
Positive steps to get your mojo back and kick depression:
- Remove all caffeine and alcohol from your diet and reduce sugar intake until you feel well
- Try to avoid junk food and eat natural foods when you can
- Go to bed at a decent time – sleep deprivation can cause negative thinking
- Ask your GP for a blood test for Vitamin D and follow their instructions from there.
- Take magnesium with vitamin B6 starting at 300mg a day and working up to 600mg a day.
- Take a good quality high strength time released B vitamin supplement.
- If depression is still an issue take 1 Broad spectrum amino acid with each meal.
- If depression is still an issue opt for a hair test which you can arrange from my clinic.