Why are so many people suffering with Anxiety and Depression?

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These 2 ailments are probably the most common things that we hear about on a daily basis.  So many people struggle with anxiety and depression, and yet we are coming to accept this as normal.  I can tell you, while acute bouts of each of these ailments is normal, chronic conditions are anything but normal.  There are so many reasons why people deal with these horrible issues and we are going to go over the main ones.

What is Anxiety?

I’m sure most people have had times of anxiety in their lives.  Whether it is just for a short time period, or if you deal with it 24/7, anxiety is an extremely uncomfortable feeling.

Symptoms of anxiety include:

  • Feeling nervous or powerless
  • Having a sense of impending danger, panic or doom
  • Increased heart rate
  • Breathing rapidly
  • Sweating
  • Trembling
  • Feeling weak or tired
  • Trouble concentrating or racing mind
Depression is also so common. It is very natural to feel depressed at times, like when someone passes away but unrelenting, chronic depression is something that needs to be addressed, especially if it has no apparent cause.

Symptoms of depression include:

  • Loss of interest in everything (apathy)
  • Fatigue
  • Weight Fluctuations
  • Sleep issues
  • Feelings of worthlessness
  • Brain Fog
It seems like any time you go into a doctor’s office to talk about a health issue, they automatically think you are depressed or have an anxiety disorder and need to be on medication.  This is getting out of hand.  These drugs have SEVERE side effects that no one talks about.  These drugs further deplete us of our nutrients, which puts us even further into ill health.  They also have side effects like paranoia, digestive disturbances, and an INCREASED risk of suicidal thoughts.

Why in the world would you want to put a depressed person on a drug that will INCREASE their likely hood of killing themselves and possibly others?

The tragedies of the multiple shootings we hear about every few months are directly related to these powerful, mind-altering drugs because almost all of the shooters were on anti-depressants.  We are not drug deficient- we are nutrient deficient.  This cycle needs to stop and we need to heal our selves before things get even more out of hand.

Mineral Imbalances

Of course, the main cause of almost all illnesses out there is mineral imbalances.  The 2 biggest contributors to anxiety and depression are magnesium deficiency and copper dysregulation.  I linked my articles to these topics so you can see how to test and treat them! Testing for these imbalances is crucial to know what you are specifically dealing with- we will all have different triggers and causes for diseases. Zinc, copper, and manganese are also important for neurotransmitter health and brain function, so they also play a part in both anxiety and depression.

Vitamin Deficiencies

B complex vitamins are an important part of our health. A deficiency in the B’s can contribute to both anxiety and depression. There is a growing problem with people not tolerating certain forms of B vitamins in supplement form because of methylation issues and because of MTHFR defects (which is actually related to mineral imbalances, but we’ll get into that another time!).  The safest bet is to get your B vitamins from food- bee products are a great way to get “bee vitamins” (get it, BEE vitamins? haha).  Raw honey, royal jelly and bee pollen are all great sources of B vitamins, as well as vitamins and enzymes.

Liver is also another great source of B vitamins- if you don’t like liver, you can try desiccated liver capsules or make your own raw liver pills. Or you can even order desiccated liver capsules (use my code SASSY for 10% off!) My favorite nettle infusions are also a decent source of all the B’s except B12.

Food Intolerances and Leaky Gut

Our gut is our second brain- when we suffer from leaky gut and food intolerances, our brain health also suffers.  This is another main cause of anxiety and depression.

Common Food Culprits:

  • Wheat
  • Dairy
  • MSG
  • Artificial Colors and Flavors
  • Oxalates
  • Processed Food
  • Refined Sugar
  • High Fructose Corn Syrup

How to Heal Leaky Gut:

  • Address low stomach acid
  • Heal and seal the gut lining
  • Address pathogens, heavy metals, and parasites
  • Repopulate with good bacteria
  • Address mineral imbalances
  • Eat a whole foods, balanced diet
Check out my whole post on healing the gut here. Also, check out my post on how diet can influence mental health.

Other ways to help anxiety and depression:

Herbs and Adaptogens for Anxiety and Depression:
  • Oat is a nerve tonic, it helps nervous exhaustion and depression, and it works great for those that are overworked and undernourished.
  • Lemon balm is used most for anxiety, depression, cold sores, insomnia and it helps digestion.
  • Chamomile is another nerve tonic that is mostly used for anxiety and insomnia.
  • St. John’s Wort is great for anxiety, tension, depression, nerve health, and menopause. It is also anti-inflammatory and a pain reliever.
  • Ashwagandha – Immune health, combats stress, improves memory, anxiety, depression, brain cell regeneration, adrenal and thyroid health
  • Lavender is one of the most common herbs used for anxiety and depression. Many studies have proven its benefit for helping stress.
  • Rescue Remedy is an amazing brand that uses flower essences in their products. This brand was started about 80 years ago and has amazing quality products. They have special formulations for sleep, anxiety, and they even have pet versions!

Stress Relieving Activities:

  1. Yoga- everyone knows about yoga, but not everyone likes doing it.  Yoga has been one of the most popular ways to help de-stress for a long time.  Even finding a few yoga positions that help you can help immensely. I like legs-on-the-wall, child’s pose, cat-and-cow, and corpse pose
  2. EFT (aka Tapping)- Emotional Freedom technique is not new, but it has been garnering a lot of attention over the last few years in the natural health field. This method used meridian tapping to harness your body’s energy to heal itself.
  3. Buteyko breathing- A friend introduced me to this method this year, and I will forever be grateful.  It truly is a great way to calm yourself down before bed, or if you wake up in the middle of the night, or even in the middle of a panic attack. It actually helps the healing of a lot of different ailments as well!
These are some of the BIGGEST causes for anxiety and depression. I will say, magnesium deficiency and excess, unbound copper are two of the common contributors and I would recommend looking into them first before anything.  I personally dealt with anxiety and depression for many years until I started healing my gut and taking magnesium.  Magnesium itself almost instantly cured both issues for me (as well as got rid of about 90% of my fibromyalgia symptoms!), but the anxiety came back after the birth of my son- which is when I discovered my very unbalanced copper!
Have you overcome anxiety or depression? What works best for you? Let’s talk about it in the comments or in my Facebook Group Mineral Mavens.
Happy Healing!

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