What is depression?
I have come to believe through experience that depression is a heading for a group of symptoms that are more than just symptoms but rather signals shouting out to your body that it is unbalanced and needs help. Your body is very smart and it is has its own way of communicating with you.
Depression can look differently for different people, it presents itself different in teenagers and depression in males often looks different than depression in females.
Depression can present itself with insomnia or sleeping all the time, it can increase or reduce ones appetite, it can cause you to not follow through in projects or not be able to start them at all, and one person may be irritable and mad while another may exhibit sadness and flat affect. Depression can also present itself with symptoms of anxiety. Depression is a very individual thing that often needs an individual approach.
These symptoms are all shout outs to you, and your body, that it needs help. One may choose to seek medication and in 6 weeks’ time that may work or may not, maybe the dose needs to be increased over time, but then you may need another medication for the insomnia, and another for the anxiety and another for your stomach’s acid reflux and then perhaps another for that skin condition that no one can figure out and so it goes on and on in this cycle. The point here that I am trying to make is that depression, like other health issues, is your body’s way of telling you it needs balance. If you have other issues in addition to depression such as chronic congestion, allergies, gut issues and more; these too are often related and not separate issues.
Let’s take another look at depression. Our bodies are meant to work in unison with all the bodily systems working together. When one system has a weakness it affects other areas of the body. For instance if you have been on antibiotics, consume aspartame or processed sugars, this can alter your gut flora and trigger a cascade of chemical reactions in your body that can promote inflammation. Systemic inflammation can wreak havoc on your brain. The goal is to get the body back in balance.
Those that work in the nutrition field are often called nutrition detectives because that is what they do-they dig deep to get to the root causes, start from the ground up to restore the body to bring it to its natural place of harmony. Often one symptom will lead them down a path to another and then another. The root contributors may be many or may be one; either way restoring the body can begin.
Depression is a shout out that your body is out of sorts and needs help. I believe that everything in nature was put on our planet for a reason; fruit, vegetables, plants and herbs and meats raised the way they should be in nature. Yet we live on processed, refined grains that are stripped of nutrients, we consume sugar at every meal without realizing it; we live on processed carbs, artificial dyes, artificial sweeteners, low fat products and msg. We consume meats and dairy products that are raised with antibiotics and hormones and are fed an unnatural diet of grains. We rarely eat a vegetable and eat fruit on occasion. We have gotten so far away from actual food and we wonder why our bodies don’t feel right? We are put on medications for every ache and ailment and each drug comes with its own set of side effects. We don’t even know what it feels like to feel whole!
Instead of a pill to fix every ailment, start asking “why am I feeling like this?” and “what is causing me to be depressed?” But don’t go it alone, seek help and support. Take control of your health, of your body; for the answers lie inside of you.