“It’s during our darkest moments we must focus to see the light.”
Depressed, Anxious, Low Mood?
Are you putting up with symptoms that are cramping your style, zapping your vitality and snuffing out your joy? 1 in 4 Australians will suffer with a mood issue at some point in their lives, which is a staggering figure. This means even if its not you that’s affected, someone close to you will be.
The conventional perspective on mood issues is simplistic – you either have a neurotransmitter or a hormonal imbalance and you need medication to re-establish that balance. Whilst this can be useful in the short term, life-long medication does nothing to address the underlying cause. The question we should be asking is “what’s causing the imbalance in the first place?”
Causes Of Mood Issues
Whilst emotional and psychological factors are important and may be at the root of the issue for some, research has shown there are numerous other causes of mood issues, many of which are often overlooked and can easily go undetected. For example, ‘inflammation’ is now considered to be a major driving factor behind a variety of mood issues and we are beginning to understand how important good gut health is for our brain function. Have you ever considered these other potential causes?
- Poor diet
- Nutrient deficiencies (such as vitamin D and B12)
- Food sensitivity (e.g. reactions to gluten and dairy)
- Blood sugar problems
- Digestive issues
- Leaky gut
- Chronic infections (viruses, bacteria, parasites and yeast)
- Sleep deprivation
- Chronic stress & social isolation
- Medication side-effects (e.g. birth control pill)
- Impaired methylation