health education

Depression. It’s not all in our head!

IT ‘S NOT IN YOUR HEAD! Approximately 12 million women are diagnosed with depression in the USA.

This devastating condition could be rooted in physical dysfunction including nutrient deficiencies,  thyroid disease, sleep disorders, hormonal imbalances among others. Thyroid imbalances are the most common cause for post-partum depression.

Your doctor wants to help you by prescribing an anti-depressant but it is important to know that even when this helps with symptoms it does not remove the cause.

A comprehensive diagnostic process must first take place in the doctor’s office including medical history, thorough physical examination, blood testing with COMPLETE thyroid and hormonal panels prior to handling prescription drugs.

Take a look at the functional medicine tree to see other root causes for depression and anxiety. Correcting nutrient deficiencies with diet and supplementation, decreasing toxicity and correctly managing stress are some of the changes that can lead to a natural high. Hippocrates  stated that “all disease begins in the gut” and evidence shows this to be true for all chronic conditions. So it’s not all in your head!

 

What’s on your mind?

What is on your mind?  Our ‘thought life’ is one of the most important players when it comes to our happiness, peace and optimal health. Yes, our thoughts influence our health! We learn this in science and medicine. Mental outlook is a predictor of disease and recovery. Do negative thoughts attack you as soon as you open your eyes in the morning: worries, stress at work, financial struggles, relationship problems, and the list goes on.

Try this little exercise we teach our patients in biofeedback therapy. As soon as you open your eyes quickly say 10 things you are grateful for. It can be anything, no matter how small. You can repeat this again at lunch time. This simple exercise can set the tone for your day and influence your physiology by creating a parasympathetic response. The parasympathetic system dampens stress, improves digestion and makes you nice to be around.

Stress is one of the Root Causes for chronic disease.  Check out the functional medicine tree for others.

 

Natural Medicine & Rehabilitation

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