Depression and nutrition
Although not always talked about, depression is a common complaint for many adults. The most recent statistics show that two in three adults have depression at some point in their lives. Sometimes it can be very mild, and last only a few weeks.
Symptoms of depression include:
- Low mood most of the day, almost every day
- Loss of enjoyment in activities you used to enjoy
- Crying spells and abnormal sadness
- Feelings of guilt or uselessness
- Poor motivation, making even simple tasks seem difficult
- Sleeping problems
- Lack of energy and tiredness
- Difficulty making decisions
- Poor appetite
Depression might be a result of difficult life events but at times it can also develop with no obvious reason. A chemical imbalance in the brain can be an important contributor to depression, and this is where nutritional therapy could really help.
Nutritional therapy can support depression in a number of ways. Dietary changes, even small ones, can make a huge difference to your mood. Ensuring that your body is supplied with the correct nutrients to produce the happy chemical brain messengers can also be a powerful way of dealing with depression naturally.
As with any mood disorders, the link between the gut and the brain should not be ignored either. Pathogenic bacteria or parasite overgrowth can produce what could be called ‘negative messengers’. These messengers are not confined to the gut, but can travel as far as the brain and disrupt the brain biochemistry which in turn can have a negative effect on your mood.
Research also shows that nutrition may have a positive and long-lasting effect on depression, and without any of the side effects that many pharmaceutical drugs can have.