Decrease refined carbohydrates. Carbohydrates can cause swings in blood sugar that can stress the glands and lead to anxiety and bouts of depression.
Learn to avoid gluten in foods. Gluten is a protein found in many grains which can trigger inflammatory reactions in the skin. There are many books about gluten-free living.
Cut unhealthy fats such as fried foods, foods high in trans-fatty acids and saturated fats. A balance of healthy fats is essential for a healthy mood. Especially avoid soy oil and corn oil.
Avoid soy products unless they are fermented. If you do eat significant amounts of soy, be sure to add extra iodine supplementation.
Chronic stress can cause severe strain on the adrenal glands which can result in a condition called “adrenal exhaustion”. Adrenal exhaustion may be at the base of many mood disorders. Learn coping mechanisms and purge your life of toxic people and circumstances.
Thyroid dysfunction usually follows adrenal dysfunction and further worsens conditions of mood imbalance. See the protocol on thyroid imbalance.
Exercise is one of the most effective and efficient means of balancing neurotransmitters. By helping to enhance serotonin secretion, exercise has been found to be the most effective long-term treatment for depression, even outperforming prescription medications.
L-5-HTP – 100 mg one to three times daily. 5-HTP stands for 5-hydroxytryptophan which is the body’s precursor to serotonin. (Note: Be careful with 5-HTP if you are on antidepressant medications, speak with one of our pharmacists at 888-794-4325 for details).
There are many options for people dealing with challenges to a healthy and vital mood, if you would like to speak with our pharmacist for more customized recommendations, call 888-794-4325.
I'm a licensed pharmacist specializing in natural approaches to health and disease. I have hosted the weekly radio show on Wake Up Healthy for almost 20 years on WCBM 680 every Sunday from 10-11 AM EST. You can listen anywhere in the world by downloading the WCBM app.