Taking Charge of Your Health

There can be many different causes of low
mood and depression, and the cause may vary from person to person. Investigating the cause
of depression, and then creating a custom treatment plan to address the cause, is what
we want to do. In addition to past trauma or current life situations that may be leading
to depression, we want to thoroughly evaluate any potential biochemical causes of depression.
To determine which natural medicine therapies are most likely to improve mood and sense
of well-being, it can be helpful to test for nutrient deficiencies, thyroid hormone levels,
and systemic hormone balance. Now let’s talk about treatment: A proper diet is key
in our ability to achieve and maintain emotional health. A whole foods organic diet, that is
rich in fresh produce and protein will provide the raw materials necessary to create healthy
levels of mood enhancing neurotransmitters, such as serotonin and dopamine. Omega 3 essential
fatty acids, like those found in fish oil, are also extremely impactful in improving
mood. Just as it is important for us to take in nutrients that promote brain health, it
is also important for us to avoid foods and substances that can lead to depressed moods.
Alcohol, sugar, caffeine, artificial food additives and even food intolerances can lead
to depression and irritability for many, so these types of foods are best avoided as you
work towards recovery from depression. Many people will start to feel a noticeable improvement
in mood within the 1st couple weeks of making these dietary changes. Some additional nutrients
that can be very helpful in alleviating depression are B complex, B12, vitamin D, SAMe, and tryptophan
or 5HTP. For those who take prescription medication for depression, be sure to consult with a
doctor before adding new supplements, so that you are well-educated on which therapies can
be safely combined and at what dose. If you would like to change medications or eliminate
your current medication, again this should be done under the care of a doctor. One way
to get rapid improvement in energy and mood, is to quickly deliver nutrients directly into
the muscle or blood stream, with therapies like B vitamin injections or IV nutrient infusions.
It is also very important that hormonal causes of depression are addressed. hypothyroidism
should ruled out in those suffering with depression. In addition to thyroid hormone evaluation,
systemic hormone balance is another area that should be thoroughly evaluated when an individual
is battling depression. Low levels of thyroid hormone, estrogen, testosterone, DHEA, and
cortisol may all contribute to depression. Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy
can be very helpful for many individuals who are suffering with depression. Other great
ways to improve mood and combat depression are exercise, daily joy practices, positive
affirmation work, seeking out the company of supportive friends and family, and working
with a therapist. The better our self-awareness and self-love capacity are, the more we will
be able to maintain self-care practices like proper diet, supplementation, exercise, human
connection and adequate play and rest that will support our ability to live happy, healthy
lives. If you would like help with the evaluation and treatment of your depression, find a naturopathic
doctor near you. Naturopathic doctors are trained in both conventional and natural medicine
practice and specialize in treating health conditions with safe and effective natural
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