Many health concerns can actually make you feel Sad :( :( :(
Depression can be a manifestation of something else. You heal that and the depression can begin to subside. Read below for tips on foods to help heal some common health concerns.
Tracy's Tip: Foods that help the 5 Signs of Depression
#1 Low Thyroid: When the thyroid is low the mood will be too. You may also struggle with weight gain and cold hands and feet.
What Helps: Iodine rich foods like Kelp will support your thyroid. Flouride can cause damage, so make sure you drink clean filtered water and check out your toothpaste!
#2 Low Adrenals: Your adrenals help give you energy. When your adrenals can't function at optimal levels you can struggle with depression from fatigue.
What Helps: Dark Leafy Green Vegetables are highly alkalizing that helps support your adrenals. Adding into a meal every day is vital.
#3 Poor Gut Health: This would be constipation, gas, bloating and diarrhea. When your gut is struggling you are not absorbing any nutrients. 80% of your serotonin (mood stabilizer) is in your gut. If you don't take care of your gut, you're not taking care of your brain.
What Helps: Fermented Foods like Raw Sauerkraut (Raw means any that requires refrigeration), Kombucha, Apple Cider Vinegar, and Kimchi can help restore your gut.
#4 Hormone Imbalance: The 2 biggest female hormones that cause depression symptoms are Estrogen and Progesterone. Low Progesterone causes depression. High Estrogen makes your Progesterone low and then causes depression.
What Helps: Fiber it up! Ground Flax Seed or Chia Seeds in your smoothies. Store your food in BPA free containers. Also, watch out for beauty products with paraben and "frangrance" in them. These chemicals can cause hormone imbalance.
#5 Stress: When you are stressed your stress hormone (cortisol) blocks your progesterone receptors. When this happens depression can occur. You can also get a crash after high levels of stress that can weaken your adrenals.
What Helps: Herbal Tea that helps you chill. The ones I prefer are Ginger, Rooibos, Chamomile or any relaxing tea you can find. I love Traditional Medicinals Nighty Night tea.
Are you ready to be happier this holiday season? How can you take care of yourself better? Which foods are you going to start using?