Lift your mood with natural solutions
Published 13/10/2015 | 00:00
Last week I talked about low mood and depression and said I would tell you about supplements that can help. There are many reasons why we may feel depressed, but remember that a healthy diet and lifestyle, exercise, adequate sleep, relaxation, and a reduction of stress can help, as well as talking to someone about it.
Rhodiola is an adaptogenic herb, which means it can help the body to deal with stress more efficiently. It can enhance serotonin and dopamine levels-chemicals in the brain that help our mood. Rhodiola also improves energy levels, concentration, mood, and reduces anxiety levels. It works best when it is taken with a good multi vitamin high in B Vitamins.
When dopamine levels are low we can lack interest in life, feel empty, and lack motivation. We may turn to stimulants to help us to feel happy. These stimulants include coffee, fizzy drinks, sugar, alcohol and drugs. These stimulants stimulate dopamine but the problem is that they can make the brain think that it has enough dopamine and so the body stops producing it. Then the problems start.
If this sounds like you, then L Tyrosine, an amino acid which helps the brain with dopamine levels may help you. The supplement that I use is called Drive made by Higher Nature it contains 500mg of Tyrosine. It helps with drive, motivation, energy and lifts my mood.
Hormone imbalance and thyroid problems can cause us to feel depressed. L Tyrosine, B Vitamins and omega 3 oils can help to improve the function of the thyroid gland.
Blood sugar imbalance can affect the mood. You may be craving sweet foods and have energy slumps. Chromium can help in this case.
Vitamin D deficiency is associated with low mood. What is not clear is whether low mood reduces our levels of vitamin D or the low level causes it. Either way, taking vitamin D as part of your daily routine will help.
A deficiency in Omega 3 fish oils found in fish could be a major factor. If you don't eat oily fish, nuts, seeds or good quality vegetable oils you should take a good quality fish oil supplement.
Always check with your doctor if you are on medication. If you're feeling down remember that it is good to talk.