Food, mold Vitamin D, depression – Deming Headlight
Food sensitivities, such as gluten and dairy, contribute to inflammation, including neuro-inflammation. Inflammation is a factor in almost all diseases and can be a major contributor to depression.
Gluten sensitivity in celiac has been known for a long time to cause gluten ataxia, a progressive balance problem caused by a reaction to gluten. Gluten sensitivity causes inflammation that can affect the brain.
Bipolar illness is linked to epileptic illness. The same drugs are used to treat them.
Diet is extremely important when dealing with inflammation and depression. A ketogenic diet can be an effective treatment for epilepsy in children. Based on some small studies, the ketogenic diet might also help those with bipolar problems. Inflammation is indicated as a contributor to bipolar. People with bipolar illness may find that a change in diet helps eliminate some of their symptoms.
changes can significantly help decrease inflammation throughout the body. Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (CIRS) can affect many areas of your life, including depression. Mold can be a major contributor to bipolar, inflammation and depression.
Two effective natural substances are magnesium and turmeric.
Many Americans are deficient in magnesium. A number of cases have been documented showing rapid recovery from depression when magnesium was added to the diet as a supplement. Magnesium deficiency is linked to an increased risk for stroke and what is called glutamate excitability. Glutamate is associated with anxiety and depression. Magnesium helps decrease glutamate in the brain. Magnesium has been shown to be effective for insomnia, anxiety, depression and hypertension.
One study showed 1000 mg of turmeric daily taken over six weeks was as effective as Prozac in treating depression. Turmeric is highly anti-inflammatory. Depression can be caused or exacerbated by inflammation.
Probiotics and vitamin D can be very beneficial.
Various studies have shown a strong connection between pathogenic gut, bacteria and anxiety. Probiotics can help alleviate anxiety, depression and other maladies including leaky gut syndrome.
Low vitamin D level is linked in many studies with depression and anxiety. Vitamin D contributes to a healthy immune system response and has shown to be cancer protective. A research study published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology April 2013 showed that for every skin cancer death in northern Europe, 60 to 100 people died from stroke or heart disease related to hypertension; a health problem associated with vitamin D deficiency and lack of sun exposure.
Vitamin D levels can be easily measured. The recommended daily requirement appears to be 5000 units daily. For people with very low levels the RDA can be as high as 10,000. One doctor stated that, “Vitamin D levels can be low even in sunny Tucson. Studies have shown that 70% of people here in Tucson have vitamin D deficiencies. There’s more to vitamin D than just the sun.” There are multiple studies linking low levels of vitamin D and depression.
Larry R. Miller is a freelance writer and photographer who is working with the US Forest Service teaching Oregon Trail Park visitors the basics of getting the most from their vacation photography.