Are you Deficient?
Dark days of stress and overwhelm. Giving way to fatigue and endless sadness. Life doesn’t feel like it use to. Finally, you decided enough is enough and you seek out help from your doctor. What does he do for you? He’ll most likely prescribe anti-depressants. However, you could only be deficient in crucial minerals and amino acids.
Today doctors hand out anti-depressants and anti-anxiety medications like they are candy. But is this the most effective way to handle your mental health? Have you noticed any side effects of these drugs? The side effects from webmd include but are not limited to:
- increased appetite and weight gain
- loss of sexual desire and other sexual problems, such as erectile dysfunction and decreased orgasm
- fatigue and drowsiness
- dry mouth
- blurred vision
There is another way!
What if the anxiety and depression are only a sign from our body that something is wrong? There has been several studies showing that anxiety and depression come from deficiencies in our diets. In fact, deficiencies in amino acids and minerals can cause depression or anxiety. What do each of these amino acids and minerals have to do with brain health?
Amino Acids are crucial to proteins. They are the important building blocks for neurotransmitters within our brains. “The neurotransmitter dopamine is made from the amino acid tyro sine. The neurotransmitter serotonin is made from the tryptophan. If there is a deficiency of any of these two amino acids, there will not be enough synthesis of the respective neurotransmitters, which is associated with low mood and aggression in the patients.” Indian Journal of Psychiatry. There are several different types of Amino acids and many have been shown to improve depression and anxiety.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Omega-3 Fatty Acids helps reduce inflammation, supports brain health, eye health, reduces ADHD in kids and joint health. With so much coming from this mineral we need to make sure we are not deficient in Omega-3 Fatty Acids. Amino acids are found in fish, flaxseed and even walnuts. You can also take supplements if you just can’t eat enough Omega-3 Fatty Acid foods. Here is a study that shows this mineral helps in major depressive disorders.
Is one of the most important minerals. Magnesium helps regulate in muscle and nerve function, blood sugar levels, and blood pressure and making protein, bone, and DNA. Here is the study that shows how magnesium can help against depression.
Iron is a very crucial metal for our bodies. Not only do we need Iron for the hemoglobin in our blood, but we need iron for our nerves and brain. When we are deficient in iron our brains and nerves suffer. Problems arise with neurotransmitter signaling, the formation of nerve insulation called myelin, and brain energy metabolism. When we are deficient in Iron deficiency we begin to see symptoms of anxiety, depression and even ADHD in children. Iron is extremely important for children because their brains are still developing. It can affect their cognitive development if they are deficient. Taking supplements can improve depression and anxiety symptoms. However, I would advise that you check your levels before you begin supplements.
Zinc is another important mineral. If you are deficient then it can cause depression. “300 or more enzymes in our bodies use zinc as a buddy. Zinc helps them in, making DNA, protein synthesis, and cell division. All hugely important stuff. Zinc is also critical to cell signaling. (a major receptor motif, the “zinc finger” is as famous as the G protein in cell biology circles). The highest amount of zinc in the body is found in our brains. Particularly in a part of our brains called the hippo-campus. Zinc deficiency can lead to symptoms of depression, ADHD, difficulties with learning and memory, seizures, aggression, and violence” Psychology today. Zinc also affects immunity and inflammation. The less zinc the more severe your depression. Such a small mineral and the lack of that mineral can cause so much damage. I would highly advise you to read the full article on Zinc.
Your next step
Talk to your doctor about deficiencies and how he can test you to see your levels. You can even click below to print out a chart of where normal levels for each of these amino acids and minerals should be.
Several people tell me that they ask their doctors to test them for deficiencies and once they find their deficiencies then they begin supplements. They saw a huge increase in their mental health! These are only some of the vitamins and minerals that our bodies need. We are complex creatures and when we begin to have mental health illnesses and physical illnesses we are hearing our bodies crying out for help. Pay attention to your body and what it is telling you. There are natural ways to correct our illnesses if we know what our body is saying.