DEPRESSED MOOD

More than 16 million Americans suffer from at least one incident of depression every year, but half of those individuals never seek treatment. Supplements and holistic therapies are effective ways of treating depression, without the side effects of prescription drugs.

WHAT CAUSES DEPRESSION?

Depression is one of the most common mental disorders, cutting across ages, ethnicities and socio-economic levels. Many people experience situational depression after a traumatic or highly stressful event. Others suffer from clinical depression, a diagnosed condition that stems from chemical imbalances in the brain. The good news is that depression is highly treatable, especially if you take a comprehensive look at all contributing factors.

COMMON SIGNS & SYMPTOMS

  • Gloomy mood
  • Loss of appetite
  • Lack of interest in things that normally give you satisfaction
  • Anxious feelings
  • Difficulty in concentrating or completing tasks
  • Lack of energy
  • Fatigue
  • Persistent sadness
  • Irritability
  • Feelings of worthlessness and hopelessness
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Low sex drive
  • Changes in appetite
  • Weight changes
  • Feelings of helplessness
  • Disinterest in hobbies or activities
  • Aches and pains
  • Headaches
  • Digestive issues
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Many studies have established the connection between patients with depression and low levels of folate and Vitamins B6 and B12. Taking supplements can improve your mood and sense of well-being. For patients for whom prescription anti-depressants are the best course of action, supplements can also help increase their effectiveness.

Researchers found that it’s important to increase your consumption of fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, nuts and seeds, consume plenty of omega-3 foods, and limit your intake of processed foods, fast foods, commercial bakery goods and sweets.

It is also important to eat saturated fats found in coconut, raw dairy and grass-fed meats because they support cellular function and neurological health. Some evidence in animal studies even suggests the ketogenic diet (high in fats and very low in carbs) may have an antidepressant effect.  And in addition to sugary, processed and packaged foods, avoiding caffeine and alcohol can help you to relieve the signs of depression and avoid recurring depressive episodes.

PREVENTION

A diet rich in folates and B vitamins can be very effective in reducing your risk for depression. It’s also important to exercise regularly and watch your alcohol consumption, since alcohol is a depressant.

THE SYNC APPROACH

We believe that treating depression is far more effective when we take into consideration  all the factors that could be contributing to it, including current medications, rate of regular exercise, health history and diet.

Treatment 1: For some patients, we might recommend a course of professional grade St. John’s Wort, provided an individual is not taking prescription drugs that could interact negatively with the supplement.

Treatment 2: We might also recommend professional grade fish oil and Vitamin B Complex (B1, B2, B6 and B12) vitamins, adaptogenic herbs, vitamn D, neurotransmitter precursors, or essential oils depending on a patient’s other factors.

SHOULD YOU TALK WITH ANGIE?

You may benefit from simple lifestyle modifications, targeted nutrition and supplements. To find out which option is best for you, set up a quick call with Angie to get started.

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