10 Nutritional deficiencies are proven to cause Depression: Omega-3 Fatty Acids, Vitamin D, Magnesium, Vitamin B Complex, Folate, Amino Acids, Iron, Zinc, Iodine, and Selenium.
The dramatic role of nutrition in mental health | TEDx
In her TEDx talk, Julia Rucklidge discusses the surprising role of nutrition in mental health. She addresses the importance of micronutrients in improving many mental disorders, including anxiety/depression, schizophrenia, ADHD etc. Here, the speaker references many articles, including long-term, randomized controlled trials demonstrating the possible negative effects of psychiatric medications versus the positive effects of proper nutrition.
What about nutrition?
omega-3 Fatty Acids
Omega-3 fatty acids are essential to improving memory and mood. Fish oil is a concentration of the omega-3 fatty acids, which can be obtained by eating fatty fish (salmon, tuna, trout, etc.). Fish oil can also be gained by taking supplements which also contain other nutrients, such as vitamin E, B1, B2, B3, A, C and D. Supplements that contain omega-3 fatty acids can be taken to prevent and eliminate depression.
Vitamin D deficiency is a major epidemic that doctors and public health officials have begun to be aware of. The deficiency has been linked to depression, dementia, and autism. A great way to obtain vitamin D is by receiving sun light! However, other ways to receive it are by eating orange juice, cod liver oil, milk, eggs, cheese, salmon, etc.
The American lifestyle sets you up for magnesium deficiency, due to: excess alcohol, salt, coffee, sugar, phosphoric acid (in soda), chronic stress, antibiotics, etc. However, magnesium is an essential nutrient as it is often referred to as a stress antidote. Magnesium can be found in seaweed, greens, chocolate, bananas, and beans.
All About Keto | Dr. Jerry Hizon, MD
Dr. Hizon, MD, discusses what a Ketogenic Diet is, and why we should begin moving our diets away from carbs, and focus on ketos. Furthermore, he provides studies and research based evidence that supports the abundance of benefits of the Ketogenic Diet, including, but not limited to: improves brain function, treats seizures, steady energy w/o spiked insulin levels, big gas tank – endless energy, starves cancer, etc.