Anxiety and depression are one of the most difficult conditions to live with and this uneasiness is growing at a rapid rate. Nearly anyone you speak to is experiencing some type of mental health issue, and the remedy seems to be eluding a large portion of these people.
Treating anxiety and depression successfully requires a multi-faceted approach, including but not limited to mindset techniques, emotional clearing, proper cleansing, and nutrition. In this case, I will discuss some of the key nutrients required in order to naturally treat anxiety and depression.
Magnesium, also known and the “miracle mineral” is now gaining some serious attention as a vitally important nutrient in the treatment of anxiety and depression. With up to 80% of people estimated to be suffering from magnesium deficiency, this is a serious threat to our mental stability.
A study published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine showed that there is a ““…significant association between very low magnesium intake and depression, especially in younger adults.” Additionally, a review published in Pharmacological Reports in 2013 concluded that “…magnesium preparations seem to be a valuable addition to the pharmacological armamentarium for management of depression.”
There are several ways to get magnesium, from dry and liquid supplements to topical and bath applications. You can also increase your uptake through these 5 magnesium rich foods.
Iodine is a relatively misunderstood nutrient, but a very important one. It affects our energy, metabolism, body temperature, growth, immune function, and brain performance (concentration, memory, and more). Since one of the areas iodine is concentrated in includes the brain, it stands to reason that an iodine deficiency could easily lead to mental health issues, including anxiety and depression.
Iodine is present in seaweed (kelp), oysters, eggs, cranberries, yogurt, fish, turkey breast, and more.
B-vitamins work together to perform various functions, including providing fuel for the proper function of our nervous system and brain. A mild deficiency can affect your mood, and a severe one can lead to more serious conditions such as depression, dementia, paranoid, and delusion.
According to a study conducted in 2009, more than 25% of all women diagnosed with severe depression were deficient in B-complex vitamins.
To find out which foods contain which B-vitamins, consult this article.
Anxiety and depression are serious issues and there are several different approaches to manage and alleviate it. For some of the most healing foods and herbs for your mental health, read Healing Foods and Herbs For Stress – Top 5.
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