In today’s world, we’re used to getting what we need in a quick fix. Many people realize it takes more than one visit to the doctor and a bottle of pills to fix mental health issues. Sometimes pills cause more problems than they solve, or make matters worse. So, isn’t it good to know that nutrition and supplements can greatly help in ways that many doctors never mention?
- People are starting to turn to nature for remedies. This is where the concept of holistic health and alternative medicine fits in.
- Holistic medicine is the art and science of healing that addresses care of the whole person – body, mind, and spirit.”
For many of my clients I recommend Vitamin D3, which can be great for stabilizing the mood. I usually put my clients on 4,000 I.U. daily of Vitamin D3. Its important to get a blood test though at your family doctor’s office to determine your level. If your deficiency is very low, an actual doctor’s prescription for Vitamin D3 in a dose as high as 50,o00 i.u. is given for about a four week period before scaling back to the daily 4,000 i.u. dose. Its amazing how just having a Vitamin D3 deficiency leads to depression and energy loss.
- An omega 3 supplement is integral in supporting mood disorders as well as many other issues in the body. I suggest taking krill oil because of its ability to help improve mood, depression and ADHD, A dose of 3,000 mg daily of Omega 3 is extremely useful. If you don’t find Krill Oil in your local store, go with a formula of fish oil from Nordic waters where the mercury levels are so much lower. Carlson Labs and Nordic Naturals make good formulas.
- Other supplements that can improve mood are St. John’s Wort and vitamin B12. People with mild depression might find some relief with St. John’s Wort.
- “L-Theanine, which isn’t commonly known, is found in green tea and can help with memory and mood Also, medical grade peppermint oil can have the same mood stabilizing and concentration effects by rubbing a little bit in the hands and inhaling it.
If you have mental health issues, you should see a doctor or therapist first, and should find out how certain vitamins and herbs interact with any medication they might be on before trying additional supplements. It’s also necessary to research brands and products, because many have low-grade ingredients that are ineffective. That’s where enlisting the help of a holistic practitioner can really help, whether a holistic nutritionist or naturopathic doctor.
I like to recommend 5HTP, a trigger for the production of serotonin, with the added bonus of improving sleep and B6 and L-Theanine can also have a positive impact on anxiety and calm the body. There are even a few good over the counter health food store formula combinations that work extremely well to help you feel calm or for use at night to get a more restful sleep. For people who suffer from insomnia, a supplement of magnesium asporotate at bedtime can help them fall asleep and relax muscles.
Vitamin B12 is important for people with energy loss/depression, although it is best taken in a shot or patch. If you can’t get it from a natural health doctor, there are brands of capsules at the health food store which can be recommended
Although many benefit from holistic health supplements, there are others who haven’t reaped the benefits and who are skeptical of the whole movement. Some suggest holistic health treatments haven’t been researched enough to prove any true benefits.
Whether you decide to seek the support of supplements or not is up to you. I have never heard of anyone having an adverse reaction or side effects to the right kind of supplements. Its really a chance worth taking if you are worried about pharmaceutical meds. That being said, if you have a more serious problem such as bi-polar disorder, other serious psychological disturbances- or severe depression that inhibits you from having a productive life, medicines are an absolute must!
- I also highly recommend you go off sugar completely unless it comes only from natural fruit. In many people, sugar changes brain chemicals that aggravate depression.
- Vigorous exercise daily has also shown to be highly effective in helping eliminate depression. Studies have shown it to be as useful as anti-depressant meds if you exercise each day for 20-30 minutes to work up a sweat. It stimulates the brain to make serotonin (the happy brain chemical) to put you in a much better mood.
One thing that is for sure is that our environmental toxins from foods, water and air are causing a lot more mental disorders than have ever been seen before. Do your best to take care of yourself, eating as healthfully as possible and reading labels. You have to be your own health detective most of the time!