1 in 4 American women is taking a medication for mental health problems. Today we have a mismatch of our paleolithic genes and modern lifestyle. Depression is not a disease. You can not diagnose a mood disorder like you can with diabetes in a blood test or hypertension with a blood pressure reading. We are finding that mood disorders are not a brain problems but can be triggered by food intolerances, blood sugar imbalances, chemical exposures, thyroid dysfunction, and nutrient deficiency along with gut infections.
Who it affects?
Anxiety is the most common mood disorder and affects over 40 million adults in the US or 18% of the population. Depression is the leading cause of disability affecting over 15 million adults and is more prevalent in women. 80% of those with clinical depression receive no intervention.
Morning exhaustion, energy crash after lunch, poor exercise recovery, recurrent infections, “second wind” at night, insomnia and sleep disturbances, low sex drive, poor memory, extra belly fat, salt cravings, hypothyroidism, sex hormone imbalances, skin rashes, decreased stressed tolerance, stimulating needed to get going, and the list goes on.
Current research demonstrates that 90% of serotonin and 40% of dopamine in located in your gut. There is increasing evidence in the gut-brain connection. No human study has ever linked low serotonin levels to depression. No blood test, urine test, imaging study or animal research has been able to validate a link between depression and neurotransmitter levels. Potential side effects of antidepressants include insomnia, abnormal bleeding, migraines, sexual dysfunction, and weight gain.