- numerous studies link decreased B vitamins with depression. B vitamins like B9 (folate) and B12 (cobalamin) are essential for nervous system function and help nerve cells 'talk' to each other. Good sources include meats, legumes like lentils and split peas and some vegetables such as spinach and broccoli. Supplementing is necessary a lot of the time so ask your naturopath for the best supplement. Have you ever tried B vitamins and felt your depression lift a little after a while?
- a good probiotic that helps to line your gut with good healthy bacteria. Disease causing bacteria can cause inflammation and that interferes with health cell signalling
- Fish! Small fish with bones are great and contain calcium, health fats and protein. All essential for - yup, you guessed it, neurotransmission. If the smell of sardines is not your thing.. Fish oil capsules from a pharmacy are often a waste of time as they rarely have enough of the good fatty acids to have an effect. Practitioner only supplements from your Naturopath are much much higher in good fatty acids, from a sustainable fish source and with little or no toxicity. An amazing recent study showed high doses of fish oil helped anti-depressants to work more effectively.
- Bach flower remedies such as gorse and mustard can really help on an emotional/mental level. Bach flowers are home of the very popular #rescueremedy that we all love.
- roasted dandelion root tea. Some may recognise this as a liver herb, and you are correct. A sluggish liver does not digest nutrients properly and does not clear toxins that could be making us feel tired and dysfunctional. Just drink a few cups a day of this cleansing tea and it tastes a little like coffee which is a bonus ;)
Consult your naturopath and your doctor about your depression. As a naturopath we love to treat everyone differently. One day a patient of mine with depression walked out with part of his prescription being 'read Bukowski'... he was a poet and he loved it.
Yours in health