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The Real Causes Behind Depression And Other Mood Disorders
6. B Vitamins
There have been numerous studies showing that a deficiency in B vitamins, especially B12, can lead to depression and other types of mood disorders. If you are on a vegan diet, then you will absolutely be low in vitamin B12. Since B vitamins work best when consumed in combination, look for a B-complex supplement that uses gel capsules rather than tablets. Also, read the label to ensure that you are getting at least 25mg of each of the B vitamins.
7. Healthy and Natural Diet
Are you eating a typical American diet filled with sugar, caffeine, sodas, processed foods, junk foods and fast foods? If you are, this could be the culprit behind your depression. Your shopping cart and refrigerator tell the story of your overall health. Is it filled with organic fruits, vegetables, water, oatmeal, nuts and seeds? Or is it filled with sodas, processed foods, chips, candy, microwave popcorn, and frozen dinners? Our nutrition poor diet is one of the main causes of not only our chronic health problems, but our depression issues as well. Try going on a “health nut diet” for just 60 days and be amazed by the results. Keep in mind that if you don’t feel better you can always go back to Mickey D’s, but we know that you are going to feel like a new person, filled with energy and ready to take on the day! Once you start giving your body the real nutrition it craves (and needs!) you will never go back to your old eating habits and you will wonder why everyone else doesn’t follow suit.
If you are currently taking antidepressants, these are serious medicines. Do not stop taking your medication without speaking to your doctor first about how you can get off them. Stopping your medication dramatically can cause you serious health problems so please do not see this article as an excuse for going cold turkey. Talk to your doctor first!
Now having said that, please realize that most doctors are not very well schooled in diet and nutrition. They rarely have time to talk to you about your diet and lifestyle habits. You might want to consider visiting a holistic doctor who can advise you further regarding your diet and nutritional needs that will better address your depression or mood disorder problems.