Nutritional deficiencies are leading to mental health disorders

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People’s everyday functioning are being deterred by depression and anxiety disorders that are seemingly increasing on a global scale.

From a general viewpoint, our gut is known as brain #2, and there are physical/bodily reasons for this reference. This brain, unlike the one in our heads consists of neurones located in the walls of our gut and make up the vagus nerve.

The vagus nerve runs from a person’s oesophagus to their anus, approximately nine meters long. Due to the interconnectedness of our gut and nervous system, once our gut bacteria is out of equilibrium, we become vulnerable to emotional conflicts normally demonstrated as depression or anxiety.

The following are some nutritional deficiencies that might be impacting your emotions.

Health Food Deficiency
Do you have an unhealthy  diet? Indulge in foods like sugars, junk, alcohol, etc. often? If yes, then chances are your diet is having an impact on your mood and overall health. Nowadays, people are busier than ever and when this happens, diet and exercise are one of the first things to be neglected. Fast food restaurants, TV dinners, and general stores like 7-Eleven, make a huge profit on our busy lifestyles. Obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and depression are just a few of the harmful health impacts diets lacking in nutrients can cause. If you are looking for something healthy on the go, grab a Zummo. They are packed with multiple nutrients and vitamins to help kick you into a good mood.

Iodine Deficiency
Iodine is necessary for one’s thyroid to work properly. The thyroid is part of the endocrine system and is noted as one of the most important glands in the body. The thyroid gland affects every function of the body, including body temperature, immune function, brain performance (concentration, memory, and more). When the thyroid is not working optimally, one can be subject to a multitude of health concerns, such as depression, cognitive impairments, fibromyalgia, and a variety of cancers.

Vitamin D Deficiency
Vitamin D helps your bones and teeth, and they are necessary for absorbing phosphorus into the blood stream, which helps your mental and physical health. Have you heard of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)? Symptoms of SAD look just like depression, expressing themselves during the winter months due to lack of sunlight. Sunlight is the best source of vitamin D. Just going for a walk or spending some time outside is beneficial.

B-Complex Vitamin Deficiency
The B vitamins convert food into fuel that allows us to stay energized throughout the day. While the B vitamins work in conjunction together to provide energy and cellular repair, they can even produce stress relief. New research is emerging that shows a link between B vitamin deficiencies and mood disorders, including depression.

Magnesium
Magnesium is sometimes referred to as the stress elixir, the “most powerful relaxation mineral that exists.” Most people are deficient in this mineral because of fast food lifestyle diets, excess alcohol, salt, coffee and sugar. Without this mineral to help us reduce our threshold levels of stress, anxiety might seem heightened, with people becoming more irritable, depressed, restless, and even experience headaches.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids Deficiency
A deficiency in Omega-3 fatty acids, or an imbalance between Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, may effect one’s mood. Omega-3s are important for brain functioning and positive mental outlook. A diet lacking in Omega-3 and Omega-6 can affect mental health through ADHD, depression, Schizophrenia, and Borderline Personality Disorder.

Zinc, Folate, Chromium, and Iron Deficiencies
Minerals originate from soil, but unlike vitamins, they cannot be made by people, animals, or other living systems. Minerals in the soil are absorbed by plants and then get passed to humans and other animals who eat such plants. Research has shown that minerals like Zinc, Folate, lithium, Iron, and chromium help those suffering from depression, schizophrenia, anxiety, eating disorders, and subsets of alcoholism. Since minerals are considered trace elements, one only needs a small amount of them to benefit. So get that Zummo into you, quick!

If you could identify with many of the points outlined above, it might be in your best interest to evaluate your diet and lifestyle. While many outside influences do impact our mental health, what we eat every day has the potential to change us from the inside out. Incorporating dark leafy greens, nuts, and fresh fruits into your diet provides all the vitamins and minerals that may be missing.