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The Real Causes Behind Depression And Other Mood Disorders
Chances are pretty darn good that you, or someone you know well, is taking antidepressants. Mood disorders such as PMS, and depression are a severe problem in America today. All anyone needs to do is go to their doctor and tell them that they are experiencing depression or mood swings and they write you out a prescription for some “happy pills.” Despite that moniker, there is nothing happy about these brain altering chemicals.
Chemical drugs are not the easy answer they seem to be. These drugs have serious side effects that most doctors are not even aware of. Many side effects and health dangers of these drugs are downplayed, or simply left out, because drug company sales-reps are only interested in selling. They don’t give a damn about your health or mental well-being.
If you or loved one is suffering from a mood disorder or if you are suffering from depression, you might actually be suffering from a nutritional deficiency. Research studies have found that numerous subjects diagnosed with depression are simply deficient in one or more nutrients.
Could this be true for you as well? Keep reading and see if any of the following deficiencies ring true for you!
1. Amino Acids
Our bodies require certain nutrients to work properly. Some nutrients the body makes on its own, others must be consumed through our diet. There are nine amino acids that are called “essential” because our bodies do not make them. To get all of the amino acids that your body needs each day, you need to eat a wide variety of foods. Most of the essential amino acids are found in eggs, meat, fish, seeds, nuts and beans. Vegans are often found to be lacking in certain amino acids, which is why if you are consuming a vegan diet you should consider taking supplements. Amino acids are just one of the nutrients that the brain uses to make neurotransmitters.
What do neurotransmitters have to do with depression? The brain uses neurotransmitters to send information about feelings. Some neurotransmitters make us feel happy and excited, while others make us feel calm and peaceful. A proper balance of neurotransmitters in the brain creates feelings of stability in both your thoughts and feelings. Many mental and emotional problems are caused by an imbalance in these neurotransmitters. Just a few of the important transmitters are GABA, dopamine, noradrenaline, and serotonin. These are usually the most common culprits when it comes to depression and they can become imbalanced in the brain from a lack of amino acids.
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