22 09, 2018

Research Shows Vitamins to be Beneficial for Depression

2018-09-22T13:19:44+00:00By |Ailments, Vitamins|

Depression: this is so widespread you could call it a modern day epidemic

An intricate tapestry of factors coming together lie behind most cases of depression.

Grief, divorce, money worries – these are all things that will naturally cause bouts of depression, but how well we recover and cope with what life throws at is, is hugely impacted on by our nutritional status and lifestyle factors. Recent research shows specific vitamins impacting depression recovery, such as Vitamin D and fish oil, among others.

Another research piece, which you can visit here describes how natural medicine taken along side antidepressants helps boost the effectiveness of antidepressants. Antidepressants have been the subject of much controversy in terms of their effectiveness, to the extent that in this study they were shown to be no more effective than a placebo in patients with mild to moderate symptoms, so there is much food for thought here on how best to tackle depression.

Natural ways to tackle depression

Depression is one of the most common things people come to see me about, and in general I recommend an approach based on the items listed below. Come and see me or get in touch to discuss your personal situation so that I can help you with this, or speak to another health practitioner.

  • Assessing and correcting nutritional status, while also using specific herbs or homepoathics to tackle depression. (Contact me for help with this.)
  • Eating real food: avoiding sugar, processed and junk foods, MSG, and grains.
  • Optimize gut health by eating fermented foods as part of your daily diet.
  • Get plenty of sleep.
  • Ensure you get adequate exercise.
  • De-stress as much as you can.
  • De-clutter your life and your environment.
  • Set goals and purposes in your life.

On this site, I aim is to provide well-researched information, in order to empower readers to make informed choices about their health and wellbeing. In both alternative and allopathic medicine new discoveries are being made and there are vast choices available to people, something to be mindful of. Nicholas Dale, Naturopath is not seeking to impose his views on readers, but rather encourage them to seek out any professional help they may need (in whatever form that may take) and discover what is best for them.

Information on this site should not be taken as medical guidance or advice. Readers should always consult personally with their healthcare provider. Information published on this site is not intended to act as a substitute for advice of medical professionals, and should not be taken as such.

16 04, 2018

Repercussions of a Rundown Nervous System

2018-04-16T10:20:05+00:00By |Ailments, Foods, Nutrition|

80% of the people that come and see me have a rundown nervous system

It is without doubt one of the most common things I diagnose with iridology and in a consultation.

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The reason why it is so important is because it is the communication system of the body – quite similar to the wiring that exists in any machine. When the nervous system gets rundown it acts in a sponge-like way soaking up and robbing energy from other parts of the body.

Conversely, when we don’t have a rundown nervous system energy and vitality can flow throughout the body – aiding all the parts of the body to which it is communication with. This includes digestion, circulation, endocrine system and of course and probably most importantly how we feel mentally.

Signs of Rundown Nervous System

A rundown nervous system can affect each and every one of us in a different way, but the most common are complaints of fatigue, depression, anxiety, stress, irritability, lack of motivation, poor mental clarity and concentration (mental fog). In fact, it has an insidious nature with knock on affects across other parts of the body, which are not so obviously related to the nervous system, such as digestive disorders, acid reflux, constipation, and many more. In such cases, the immediate assumption can be made by practitioners that the problem lies in these specific parts of the body, yet correcting the nervous system as the underlying cause can sometimes be a simple answer, especially when other signs of a rundown nervous system are present.

What Causes a Rundown Nervous System?

There are two basic causes:

  1. Poor nutritional status:
    Often people say to me, “I eat well, don’t eat junk food, why am i rundown and feel this way?” one of the problems with our food these days is that it contains about 60% less nutritional value that of our grandparents. Another factor affecting nutritional status is our ability to absorb nutrients out of our food. Today, generally we eat far more sugar and take a lot more pharmaceutical medicines, such as antibiotics and painkillers, than our predecessors, and these are just two examples of how nutrient absorption is affected. Higher quantities of stimulants, such as coffee, tea, energy drinks, can further drain the body of nutrients. Alcohol also has a depleting affect on our nutritional status. Many factors weave together to determine how much nutrition we absorb from our food. So even if you decide to eat a healthy, organic diet, if you digestive system is not absorbing the nutrients efficiently much of the goodness will be lost. So this is often an area that needs addressing too.
  2. Stress:
    High levels of stress, emotional trauma, and other mental demands, drain the nervous system. (Of course there can be other factors to take into account when looking at how someone is feeling emotionally, such as adrenal fatigue or thyroid conditions.)

The problem can seem like the chicken and the egg scenario, whereby emotional problems can cause a rundown nervous system, in the same way that a rundown nervous system can cause emotional problems.

Nutrition to Help Boost the Nervous System

Diet of course will play a key role in ensuring your body has the nutritional tools and equipment it needs to operate optimally, this is despite the quality of food not being as it used to be.  Boosting your nervous system with some of the following foods is a good place to start:

  • Avocados

  • Acorn squash

  • Bananas

  • Spinach

  • Sweet potatoes

  • Almonds

  • Dried pumpkin seeds

  • Swiss chard

There are varying degrees of a rundown nervous system, and I find that supplementing with key nutrients is usually also necessary – contact me to find out what specifically you need as this will vary from person to person, depending on one’s needs and what medication a person may be on.

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