Depression affects 121 million people worldwide. Depression is now about 15 times more common today than it was just 50 years ago and it is affecting younger people than in the past. The average age for the diagnosis of depression has decreased from 29.5 to 14.5 years old.
This change is due to many modern causes as our mood is influenced by several factors. In order to feel happy and vital, we need healthy exposure to sun and adequate rest. In modern times, we stay inside and don’t get enough sleep. We need to eat healthy, nourishing foods and not have the typical diet full of processed nutrient poor foods. It is important to drink water, not caffeine or other types of man made drinks that are common today.
Our brains and bodies were not designed to be busy all the time. The electronic age has brought us information at our fingertips, but if we don’t unplug from it regularly it can negatively affect our mood. There are also a multitude of toxins that can adversely affect our mood and bodies. Chemicals are everywhere these days if you don’t pay attention. As a result of the toxins in our environment, poor diet, and increased stress, Hormone imbalances are rampant. Hormone imbalances such as excessive Cortisol or deficient Melatonin, Progesterone, Estrogen, Growth Hormone, and Testosterone can all contribute to a depressed mood.
The reasons for the increased rate of depression goes on. The great news is that you can combat this. Take time out each day to get some sun exposure, take deep cleansing breaths regularly, and becsure that you get restful sleep. Focus on eating whole foods and supplement with vitamins as needed to ensure optimal nutrition. Unplug from electronics regularly and avoid being exposed to negative things whenever possible. Minimize your toxin exposures by cleaning up the products you use and the food you eat. You should be properly evaluated and treated with bio-identical hormones as needed. Without optimal hormone levels, it is difficult to feel your mental and physical best.
Feeling happy and vital takes some time and effort but it is well worth it. By addressing all of these things, you will find your energy and mood increasing and be able to reclaim your life.