10 Nutrient Deficiencies That Might Cause Depression and Mood Disorder Symptoms:
If you suffer from depression or mood disorders you may be deficient in one of the nutrients below. Researchers have found that many people who suffer from depression and mood disorders are deficient in not just one nutrient but several, all contributing to the symptoms.
#1: Healthy Food Deficiency? Junk Food Diet
Is your diet filled with sugar, junk foods, sodas, or processed foods? Do you often skip meals. If you suffer from depression or mood disorders, start a food diary of the foods you eat every day. You will find answers to your health problems while doing that. Your shopping cart and refrigerator tell the story of your health. My husband works as a cashier at Walmart. People shopping for their family fill their cart with junk sugar filled cereal, chips, candy, soda, , TV dinners, and over-processed food in general. Seven-Elevens thrive on selling candy, soda, and chips to the eat-on-the-run customers. There are very few fresh vegetables or fruit on the average American’s grocery list. This is why so many Americans are obese, depressed, and suffering from diabetes. If your life is not going well, eating junk food is not going to improve your outlook.
These are found in foods such as fish and Flax Seed Oil. A deficiency of Omega-3 fatty acids or an imbalance between Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids may be one of the contributing factors to your depression. Omega 3 Fatty acids are important to brain function and your mental outlook on life. They also help people who suffer from inflammation and pain problems. Researchers have found that many patients with depression and mood disorders are deficient in Omega 3 Fatty Acids. It is important to buy fish oil that has been cold processed and tested for heavy metals and other contamination. It should state that on the label.
Important to immune function, bones, and brain health. Sunlight is the richest source for natural Vitamin D. The Journal Clinical Nutrition in Jan 21st, 2013 published the result of research that analyzed over 18000 British citizens for Vitamin D deficiencies and associated mental disorders links. They found that a deficiency of Vitamin D was present in patients with depression and panic disorders. The study results stated that people who are deficient in Vitamin D are at higher risk for developing depression later in life. Most seniors are deficient in Vitamin D. Often people working long hours in offices are deficient as well. Get out in the sun. Take a walk during your lunch break or walk your dog. Play a game with your kids outside away from computers and the television. Get out of the house and into the sunshine. Just don’t overdo it if you are sensitive to the sun. Overdoing it is not good either.
#4: B-Vitamins Deficiency:
There is much research in Neuropsychiatry that proves the link between B-Vitamin deficiencies and mood disorders including depression. Buy gel capsules instead of tablets with at least 25 mg for each of the different B- Vitamins included in the formulation.
Iodine is necessary for the thyroid to work properly. The thyroid, part of the endocrine system, is one of the most important glands in your body. The thyroid gland affects every function of the body including body temperature, immune function, and brain function. Iodine is found in foods such as potatoes, cranberries, Kelp, Arame, Hiziki, Kombu, and Wakame. This problem was once solved by using Iodine enriched salt. Today iodine deficiency is again becoming a problem with salt free diets. Salty chips, processed foods, and junk food do not contain iodized salt.
#7: Amino Acids Deficiency: There are 9 necessary amino acids that cannot be manufactured in your body. You must supply them to the body by eating quality food choices.
Amino acids are found in meat, eggs, fish, high quality beans, seeds and nuts. You need to eat a variety of different foods to furnish the body with all the amino acids needed to be healthy. Not all foods contain all nine amino acids. Vegetable food sources for amino acids include Moringa Oleifera leaves. Your brain uses the amino acids found in the food you eat to manufacture neurotransmitters needed for optimal brain function.
What are neurotransmitters and what do they have to do with depression?
Healthy brain function needs the proper balance of neurotransmitters. Some neurotransmitters calm the brain and others excite the brain. Their balance in the brain creates stability of emotions and thinking. Often depression and other mental disorders are caused by imbalances in neurotransmitters. Dopamine, noradrenaline, and GABA are three important neurotransmitters often deficient in depression. Orthomolecular physicians have found that treatment with amino acids including tryptophan, tyrosine, phenylalanine, and methionine can correct different mood disorders like depression. The Orthomolecular doctor first takes urine and blood samples to test your amino acid levels. Then if he finds imbalances, you will be given amino acid supplements in the optimal dosage to correct the problem. Orthomolecular doctors treat the base cause for the depression or mental symptoms. If it is a nutritional imbalance such as a Omega 3 deficiency, you will be prescribed that supplement. Instead of treating with drugs, they treat the deficiencies that cause the mental symptoms with vitamins, minerals, and amino acids.
Most doctors are not schooled in nutrition and diet. They have no time to go over your eating and lifestyle habits. Saying that, a few companies and health providers exist who do have preventive health programs. The reality is a majority of people do not get quality preventive healthcare, especially those on Medicaid or Medical.
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Unless you squeeze orange juice from fresh, (hopefully organic) oranges, you aren’t getting enough nutrition from the juice you are consuming. Store-bought OJ contains the same amount of sugar as a can of Coca-cola, and many times it is added sugar. Many OJ makers are also selling you ‘natural’ juice that isn’t natural at all.
Tropicana recently faced a lawsuit for false-advertising their OJ as ‘100 % juice.’ Much of their juice is full of some strange ingredients, like ‘flavor packets’ that help juice keep its flavor even when it has been sitting around for a year or more. Consuming store-bought juice full of sugar can cause diabetes, obesity, and heart problems. Skip the store-bought juice, including OJ, apple juice, ‘fruit’ juice, and others. These juices aren’t good for you, and a fresh squeezed fruit juice with vegetable juice or brown rice protein added is much healthier.
If you are consuming whole wheat bread or other wheat products, it is likely you are one of 18 million Americans who have developed a gluten intolerance. There is no GMO-wheat on the market, but Big Ag wheat is nothing like its predecessor. You are really eating ‘junk-wheat’ full of pesticides and altered DNA. Normal gluten is a protein made up of the peptides gliadin and glutenin. It is found in many grains such as wheat, semolina, spelt, kamut, rye, and barley. Our bodies used to know how to digest those proteins because they were made by nature – not mad scientists and greedy corporations. It’s estimated that 5% of the proteins found in hybridized wheat are new proteins that were not found in either of the original wheat plants. These “new proteins” are part of the problem that has led to increased systemic inflammation, widespread gluten intolerance, and higher rates of celiac disease. Skip the altered wheat and try some gluten-free recipes.
3. Gluten-Free Junk Foods
Skipping gluten? Great! But beware. Since food manufacturers realize more and more that people are now gluten intolerant, they have devised a whole slew of gluten-free foods, but they aren’t all good for you. Many contain high levels of refined sugars, chemicals, and other un-fabulous ingredients. Don’t replace one bad habit with another. Junk is still junk. Shop around and use a gluten-free cook book so you can make some delicious foods at home that aren’t full of the industry standards – MSG, sucrose, fructose, GMO, etc.
4. Sugar-Free Products that Contain Agave
While its noble that you should try to ditch the refined sugar since it is toxic and basically as addictive to the body as crack cocaine, many foods labeled as ‘sugar free’ actually contain agave nectar that is loaded with unnatural amounts of fructose, and can spike your glucose levels. Our liver has to metabolize glycogen. When it is over-taxed by eating too much of the stuff, the liver can’t do its job, and it simply turns to fat. This can lead to diabetes and obesity as well as numerous other health issues. Agave nectar can be just as damaging as high fructose corn syrup and refined sugar. Even Dr. Oz, who once touted agave as a health remedy, has retracted his statements touting its benefits.
5. Low-Fat Foods
You’ve got to hand it to the food industry, they are experts at fooling the public into eating food that isn’t actually beneficial. When the ‘low fat’ craze began over a decade ago, people tried to consume fewer fats as a way to stay in better shape, but little did we know that many foods advertised with this label were worse than we would ever think. While the fat is reduced, guess what they replaced ‘fat’ with to keep your foods tasty? Sugar – and loads of it. They also put more chemicals and artificial sweeteners in the food to keep it ‘low fat.’ Aside from the fact that our bodies need healthful fats, these ‘low fat’ foods are extremely damaging – sometimes even causing you to be MORE FAT! Skip the low-fat foods. They often contain: bad salt (see the differences between good salt and bad salt here), high fructose corn syrup, modified food starch (GMO origins), free glutamates (MSG, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, natural flavors), diglycerides (sugar), gums (guar and xanthan) and other questionable ingredient
6. Sports Drinks for Athletes
While it is true that fitness nuts and professional athletes alike burn loads of glycogen and lose precious electrolytes when they sweat their way through a tough workout, sports drinks are not the answer for replenishing them. Many sports drinks contain as much refined sugar as soda. They also typically contain high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS), artificial flavors and food coloring, none of which contribute to optimal health. Additionally, drinking down loads of sugar after a workout can cause insulin sensitivity and lower human growth hormone (HGH) production. They also can be full of processed salt, not natural salt (like Himalayan sea salt) that contains important trace minerals your body needs.
7. Vegetable Oils Containing too many Omega 6s
Many vegetable oils on the market are called ‘heart healthy,’ but this is a complete lie. For over 4-5 million years of hominid evolution, people’s diets were abundant in seafood and other sources of omega-3 long chain fatty acids (EPA & DHA), but relatively low in omega-6 seed oils. Anthropological research suggests that our hunter-gatherer ancestors consumed omega-6 and omega-3 fats in a ratio of roughly 1:1. It also indicates that both ancient and modern hunter-gatherers were free of many modern inflammatory diseases, including heart disease, cancer, and diabetes, which are the primary causes of death and morbidity today. You can find a list of oils that contain high levels of Omega 6s, here. They aren’t all bad. Just be sure you are consuming Omega 3s and 6s in the correct ratio.
That’s right, it is time to go back to real, organic, grass-fed butter – not margarine! Margarine is made by heating a very cheap vegetable oil that is already damaged to extremely high temperatures (creating free radicals), strong pressure is applied, and the hydrogen is forced into the structure of the oil to make it solid. This might not sound so bad, but they need to use toxic chemicals, nickel oxide, for example, to force the change in molecular structure so that you end up with margarine. Go back to real butter. It is so much better. Real butter contains high levels of Vitamin K and other nutrients, and fake butters do not. Check out NaturalSociety’s post Butter vs. Margarine to learn more.
Have you tried the Atkins diet and failed at losing weight? It shouldn’t be a big surprise when you realize what is in many of this company’s foods as well as others in the industry promoting the ‘low-carb’ diet. Here is an ingredient list for an Atkins bar – doesn’t look like food at all does it? A balanced diet full of whole, nutritious foods is always a better way to lose weight without stuffing your body full of toxic, carcinogenic chemicals that can wreck havoc on your endocrine system and make losing weight even harder.
10. Vitamin Water
It even sounds healthy, but Coca-Cola’s Vitamin Water is one of the biggest marketing scams ever invented. Even the company’s own lawyer admits this fact. In response to a recent lawsuit against Coca-Cola filed by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), Coke’s attorneys replied in court briefings that, “…no consumer could reasonably be misled into thinking vitamin water was a healthy beverage.” So what’s the problem? The beverage should really be named artificially colored and flavored sugar water. Besides, it contains only trace amounts of synthetic, chemical vitamins which most people’s bodies can’t assimilate, so skip the pricey bottle, drink some real, purified water, and eat some greens. You’ll be better off. What’s more, the company recently shelled out over $3 million to defeat GMO labeling – do you want to support a company who doesn’t want you to know what is in your food?
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I decided to add an oomph to my children already-powerful-breakfast drink by introducing Evernew to it.
I realize that living in a modern society, almost all people are lacking in fibre. The saying of "an apple a day, keeps the doctor away" is not working in our current society. We need 25gm or 10 apples of fibre daily. Are we taking enough? I also realize that many parents introduce probiotic to their children. Parents, do you know we can self produce good bacteria?
Read here on the importance of a good digestive system.
Thus I decided to introduce Evernew to their breakfast to let them self produce good bacteria and to have a good digestive system.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It should be pack with super food which give us fuel for the day. Breakfast can be heavy but not oily.
What is Evernew???
EverNew Orange is a delicious and convenient beverage, containing a balanced mix of insoluble and soluble fiber from orange, banana, oats and psyllium husks.
Soluble fiber can help to lower the level of cholesterol in the blood and control blood sugar levels. Insoluble fiber can enhance digestion and aid metabolism. Research indicates that fiber plays a very important role in the body: it can prevent intestine, stomach and heart diseases, diabetes and some cancers.
Sweet, tart and so refreshing, orange is rich in vitamin C and contains protopectin—a naturally occurring compound made up of cellulose and pectin.
What is Nutrifresh???
Nutrifresh is a daily nutrition beverage made with an assortment of healthy plant foods like wholedome soy, fruits and vegetables. Rich in soy protein and phytonutrients, calcium and non soluble fibre, it is an ideal replacement for animal proteins.
What is oxyginberry???
Oxyginberry is a healthy organic wholesome plant food beverage which has 6 key ingredients (Ginseng berries, Cactus, Cactus fruit, grape seeds, rose and seaweeds) that has exceptionally high antioxidants and phytochemicals to help us self stimulate the growth of collagen to prevent premature aging and common illnesses. It nourish us from in and out, top to toe and improve our immunity and concentration etc.
What is Oseed???
O-SEED is made from chia seeds and kiwi fruit seeds. O-SEED is suitable for vegetarians and those who do not like the fishy taste or burp of omega-3 fish oil supplements.
Omega-3 fatty acids are essential to human cell membranes. They help reduce triglycerides (fats in the blood), lower blood pressure and prevent atherosclerosis, thereby promoting cardiovascular health and a stronger immune system, which, in turn, helps reduce inflammation and allergic reactions. Research has shown that omega-3 fatty acids promote better learning and cognition, playing a key role in early childhood development.
Chia seeds are a good source of omega-3 fatty acids. It is also rich in flavonol glycosides and chlorogenic acid, which help combat free radical damage and nourish the immune system. Kiwi fruit seeds are rich in vitamin C, antioxidants, and contains about 62% ALA. Kiwi fruit seeds are also high in tocotrienols, which help lower cholesterol, prevent atherosclerosis, and combat free radical damage.
Oseed provides you calcium, ALA, protein and fibre.
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