Healthy Body, Healthy Mind
Common Nutrient Deficiencies that Contribute to Depression
Feeling a bit down? It could be related to Nutrient Deficiency …
If you’ve ever reached out for help to cope with depression, anxiety, or both, the first suggestion was probably a prescription for pharmaceutical medication. Whilst antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications have a role to play, too often we look at treating symptoms, instead of thoroughly investigating causes and contributing factors. This attitude can potentially impact overall health by causing side effects and additional medical complications. Taking prescription medications can also prevent you from providing what your body really needs to balance mood and energy.
Nutrients, vitamins and minerals are vital for maintaining your mental health. So when these things are out of balance, symptoms like depression, anxiety and fatigue are often the result.
If you’re looking to improve your mental health without prescription anti-anxiety or depression medications, then check out these essential nutrients your body needs to stay balanced mentally. You may wish to speak with your GP, a nutritionist, or have a chat with us for additional guidance.
B vitamin deficiencies are correlated with depression, fatigue and irritability, so increasing your intake of B vitamins (specially B6, B12 and B9 (folate or folic acid)), can help with mood and energy.
B vitamins help to produce serotonin which can affect mood and other brain functions, as well as detoxify and keep our hormones in balance.
Because almost all B vitamins are stored in your body for only short periods of time, you have to regularly replenish them, which means maintaining a healthy B vitamin diet.
Iron helps our red blood cells carry oxygen to the brain, organs and throughout our bodies. A healthy brain and nervous system depend on adequate iron levels, and low iron levels can result in less oxygen going to our cells. Iron deficiency can cause a range of symptoms including depression, fatigue, low energy, weakness and irritability.
Women who menstruate monthly, or are pregnant, are at greater risk of iron deficiency. Low iron levels for others can be a serious concern, and can indicate more serious issues.
Iodine deficiency can cause a host of symptoms as the hormones your body needs to fuel your metabolism use iodine. A healthy thyroid health is very important part of both your physical and mental health because it regulates mood, energy, metabolism, growth, immune function, brain performance and more!
Ultraviolet light from the sun activates the production of Vitamin D in our cells, but unfortunately, Vitamin D deficiency is becoming more and more common. As we become more and more sedentary, our bodies are often not getting the sunshine we desperately need to be both happy and healthy!
Depression, dementia and autism can be linked to low levels of Vitamin D, and may also leave one feeling fatigued and irritable. Without sufficient Vitamin D, your immune system is also weakened.
Selenium is a mineral with very potent antioxidant properties, and is very important for mental health, healthy metabolism and optimal thyroid function. Activation and conversion of thyroid hormone is done with selenium and low selenium levels have been linked to depression.
Magnesium is necessary for most functions in our bodies. Unfortunately, it is estimated that about half of us are magnesium deficient as a result of our modern lifestyle choices and diet of processed foods. Alcohol, white table salt, coffee and sugar can all decrease our magnesium levels.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Omega-3 fatty acids help to reduce inflammation, and are vital for brain function (especially memory and mood). If your diet is low in good quality fats like omega-3s, then your body can only make low quality nerve cell membranes.
Proper Gut Health
When your gut lining isn’t strong and healthy, your body might not absorb food properly. This can lead to mineral and vitamin deficiencies and inflammation. If you are having symptoms like excessive bloating, constipation, diarrhea or other irritable gut symptoms, your nutrient deficiency might be caused by your gut being unable to properly absorb nutrients.
Healthy Body, Healthy Mind
The health of your body plays a huge role when it comes to mental health, because without good physical health, our mental suffers.
Quality is our number one priority at The Dripclub, and all IV nutrients we provide are manufactured by a local GMP pharmaceutical facility located in Victoria who represent the highest standard of manufacture available in the southern hemisphere.
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