Depression is now rampant in western countries. About 1 in 4 adults in the U.S. (more than 26% of the population) suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder for which powerful drugs are prescribed. That is about 30 million people on psychiatric drugs. Pharmaceutical drugs treat symptoms and may come with side effects.
Depression is now the leading cause of disability worldwide.
People with chronic depression often have significant biochemical imbalances in their neurological system.
New research has indicated that this biochemical imbalance is not genetic, but instead is due to heavy toxicity and/or severe nutritional and lifestyle deficiencies; they cause massive brain inflammation, disrupting normal neurological processes. However, overcoming chemical imbalances can be assisted naturally.
Chronic inflammation leads to slow brain processing speed, poor memory, foggy thinking. There is a brain – gut connection in the body.
Gut inflammation is caused by intestinal permeability and is related to infections and food sensitivity.
Microbiome and Depression
Microbiome and Depression: tremendous research showed the connection between gut microbiome and neurological health. Research has also indicated that low levels of healthy Lactobacillus bacteria and Bifidobacteria are linked with increased brain excitability and neurological inflammation. Low levels of neurotransmitter GABA production are associated with anxiety, seizures, depression.
Natural anti-inflammatories include exercise, sun exposure, omega-3 fatty acids, curcumin, resveratrol and adaptogen herbs (ashwagandha).
Blood sugar and Depression
Too much sugar in the blood leads to nutrient deficiencies, increasing brain oxidative stress and inflammation and inducing states of anxiety and depression.
Excessive sleepiness and insomnia disrupt circadian rhythms (sleep troubles, depression, low energy / fatigue, mood disorders, anxiety).
Gluten and brain inflammation
Gluten is a sticky storage protein that binds to the small intestinal wall where it often causes digestive and immune system disorders. Gluten is also a significant trigger in psychiatric disorders such as anxiety, bipolar disorder and depression.
Low in carbohydrates, and rich in healthy fats and antioxidants – a critical factor to preventing and treating major depressive disorder.
The brain is primarily water, fat and cholesterol.
Ability of the brain to generate new healthier and stronger cells and synaptic junctions. The brain can literally re-wire itself. In the case of depression, the brain is undergoing extreme damage from inflammation. This is happening much faster than the body can recover. That is why depression is classified as a neuroinflammatory disorder.
Anti-inflammatory diet, natural anti-inflammatory and ketosis may help. Giving thanks also helps with a positive mood, more energy and optimism.
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