DepressionDepression is rated by the World Health Organisation as the leading cause of disease burden amongst high income countries. Depression is characterised by feelings of worthlessness or guilt, poor concentration, loss of energy, fatigue, thoughts of suicide or preoccupation with death, loss or increase of appetite and weight, a disturbed sleep pattern, slowing down (both physically and mentally), agitation (restlessness or anxiety). If you think you are feeling down, try our free depression test questionnaire to check your mood.
There are many factors that can contribute to the development of depression such as psychological issues or biochemical imbalances, and triggers such as major stress or trauma.
There are also a number of nutritional imbalances that can make you prone to depression such as:
Essential fats, do you need more Omega 3?
Homocysteine, is it too high, corrected with B vitamins?
Serotonin levels, do they need boosting with amino acids
Blood sugar balance
Levels of the nutrients chromium and Vitamin D
Food intolerances, could they be making you sad?
To find out more about these factors read on, or click on our Action Plan for Depression.