I believe in taking the gloves off and looking at every possible avenue that could affect our health.  Mental health is often ignored by many health sites and I aim to change that.

“Why?” you ask.  Frankly, I believe there is a direct correlation between many mental health issues and diet.  We will be delving into this topic in the coming weeks including looking at whether antidepressants, which are prescribed in record numbers, are really as effective as doctors tell us and how diet affects mental health.

As a holistic practitioner I am keenly aware that mental illness, striking all ages and all walks of life, is on the rise be it depression, bipolarity, anxiety disorder, or”mood disorder” which is a fancy name for “we don’t have a medical explanation for why you are depressed, bi-polar or anxious.” Many doctors prescribe dangerous “cocktails” of antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications, often several at once, like they are doling at Skittles at Halloween without any thought to digging a little deeper into what might be happening either emotionally, physiologically (or both).

The fact is there are many ways to approach balanced mental health and one key way is through nutrition. We will be discussing the effects of diet, stress, hormonal imbalances and even thyroid disorders on mental well-being.  Think about it this way.  Estrogen dominance, adrenal fatigue, and hormonal imbalance each share depression and/or anxiety as a symptom and though each of these issues can be caused by something different they each correlate with the other.

One example is that gluten intolerance can cause thyroid issues such as Hashimoto’s Disease (which is actually an immune malfunction).  One symptom of Hashimoto’s Disease is depression. If gluten is the underlying cause of Hashimoto’s Disease and you remove gluten from your diet and heal the GI tract, under normal circumstances both the immune system and the thyroid will modulate.  The depression will go away.  If, instead of finding the root cause of the thyroid/immune malfunction, a prescription is taken, the depression will still not go away because the root cause is not treated.  When that happens, all those wonderful side effects of these drugs prescribed like Skittles make you feel even worse.

Are you starting to see a pattern emerge?  I’m just saying…..