Mood, Anxiety, Depression, Poor Sleep – Is it a Nutrient Deficiency?

When first meeting with our patients, we often hear people say they are “not feeling like themselves”.

That can be an element of fatigue, change in mood, depression or even anxiety.

Now-a-days, a frequent connection to dealing with mood or mental changes is to use prescriptions.

At The Lucy Rose Clinic, we believe the connection to mood changes, fatigue, or even depression are a symptom of something bigger.

We look at the body as a whole, and there are several factors we consider if you are experiencing low mood or anxiety.

  • Adrenal Health – especially relevant if you are menopausal as the adrenal glands have a larger role to play in hormone output in menopause. Feelings of depression may be linked to low DHEA, adrenaline noradrenaline and dopamine production. If you have fatigue, low adrenal output may be the driving factor for you too.
  • Inflammation – new research has identified that depression often correlates with inflammation in the body. SSRI’s actually have an anti-inflammatory effect, which explains why they work well for SOME people. The real question should be – why is there inflammation in the first place?
  • Weak digestion – Protein is the building block upon which all the neurotransmitters are created. We need adequate stomach acid production to break apart the protein into amino acids. If you suffer reflux, then this is a priority point for you. Weak digestion is often linked to low Zinc and vitamin B6, and poor liver health.
  • Chronic stress – when you are constantly in ‘fight or flight’ mode, your body uses A LOT of nutrients to produce adrenaline. Eventually the nutrient pool in the body gets low, and other neurotransmitters ‘miss out’ on their share of nutrients. Serotonin production lowers, causing feelings of ‘what’s the point’, ‘why bother’ or even suicidal thoughts. Melatonin production become affected, creating light, broken sleep or insomnia. GABA production decreases, causing anxiety, a ‘wired’ nervous system, and reactive bowels. High doses of bioavailable nutrients can be needed to give back what the body needs.
  • Heavy metals – Excess metals can be a problem because they block the absorption of useful nutrients, exacerbating a nutrient deficiency over time. Common metal loads we see include mercury, aluminium, copper and silver. Lithium is a metal that we need for mental health. Deficiency in Lithium can be caused by mercury, copper and antimony excess in the body. Severe deficiency is associated by bipolar and depressive disorder.
  • Nutrient Deficiency – Nutrient deficiencies are often right at the core of mood disorders, starting with inadequate PROTIEN in the diet. Key nutrients for healthy moods include: Vitamin D, Zinc, Magnesium, 5MTHF (active vitamin B9), B1, B6, B12 and vitamin C.


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