Have you ever felt cranky for no reason? You’re just having a normal day and then BAM, depression hits you right in the feels. If you go to your doctor and say: “I feel completely sad for no reason”, your doctor most likely will think that you have an hormonal imbalance and send you anti depressants. This happens because most doctors don’t look into the possible nutritional or metabolic issues that are probably producing your depression.
Most doctors haven’t deeply studied nutrition and dieting. They usually focus on their speciality and think that they can cure everything with a pill. But, one of the most important things that doctors (and patients) need to remember is: We are what we eat.
It’s essential to pay attention to our eating and life style habits to truly understand what may be happening in our bodies.
If you’re suffering from mood changes and increasing depression, you need a true answer for your problem and not just the easy solution. Taking anti depressants has many side effects that will only make your problems worse.
Neutrotransmitters: keep them well balanced.
Your brain needs to have well balanced neurotransmitters to be healthy. Neurotransmitters are chemicals found in the brain. They’re the one in charge of passing information from the brain to our bodies.
If they go out of balance, bad things happen like: mood changes, concentration starts failing, your weight goes up and down and your sleep pattern changes. Neurotransmitters can soothe our brain or agitate it.
Mental disorders such as anxiety or depression are often the result of an imbalance in our neurotransmitters.
The different approach on medicine that focus on your habits.
Orthomolecular alternative medicine is based on the believe that diseases are just your body telling you: Hey, you’re not giving me the optimal conditions that I need to stay healthy. Orthomolecular doctors focus on maintaining our bodies healthy using nutritional supplements. In order to do this, they study our eating habits, this way they can understand our particular and individual type of biochemistry.
Amino acids have a lot of influence in correcting different types of mental disorders. This is why the first thing orthomolecular doctors do is taking a sample of your blood and urine to determine your amino acid levels. If an imbalance is detected, the doctor will send you the correct amino acid supplement dosage to correct your problem. This means that instead of using prescribed drugs you’re actually giving your body what it lacks: amino acids, minerals and vitamins.
Here’s a list of 6 nutrient deficiencies that are making your mood jump up and down:
1. Amino Acid Deficiency:
Phenylalanine, valine, threonine, tryptophan, methionine, leucine, isoleucine, lysine and histidine are the 9 essential amino acids that our body can’t produce by its own.
The only way to obtain them is to eat them. You can fin them in seeds, beans, nuts, and animal products like meat and eggs.
Remember that your brain needs these amino acids to produce neurotransmitters.
2. Omega- 3 fatty acids Deficiency:
You can fin your Omega-3 fatty acids in different sources like: flaxseed oil, enriched eggs, edamame, grass-fed feed, walnuts and obviously fish.
3. Iodene Deficiency:
The thyroid gland is one of the most important organs in our body and it needs iodene to properly function.
This is very important because thyroid gland regulates our body’s temperature, brain function and immune system.
Some foods containing: cranberries, potatoes, organic yogurt, sea vegetables (kelp, arame hiziki, kombu, etc) and strawberries.
4. B-Vitamins Deficiency:
Vitamin B comes in all different presentations. We have: Vitamin B-12, vitamin B-6, B-1, B-2 and so on. These vitamins are important because they give us energy and maintain the health of our cells.
Depending on the type of vitamin b you’re lacking, the symptoms will vary, but some of them can include: fatigue, skin rashes, anemia, or even confusion, paranoia and depression.
Some sources of vitamin B are: Avocado, sunflower seeds, spinach, boiled eggs, tofu and oatmeal.
5. Zinc, Chromium, Folate and Iron Deficiencies:
Mineral deficiencies are dangerous because they happen in a slower way than other deficiencies¹. We can lack minerals because we’re not properly consuming them or because we’re having troubles absorbing the minerals out of the food.
Deficiencies in Zinc, Chromium, Folate and Iron are highly related with depression. You can find chromium in foods such like: broccoli and tomatoes.
To keep your zinc levels high, you can consume one of these: Toasted wheat germ, spinach, nuts and mushrooms.
6. Vitamin D Deficiency:
Other sources for Vitamin D are: mushrooms, liver oil, tofu, fortified cereal, orange juice or almond milk².