Defeating Depression

Bri From New Mexico Writes:

This has been a tough year so far. I have recently lost my job and I have three children to take care of. We have gone through some tough financial times. I have been extremely tired, have severe joint pain, and I can’t sleep. I also don’t have the excitement for life that I always had. My doctor says this is depression. Is it?


Dear Bri,

Life can be tough. I think when we live long enough, and then we sometimes begin to see that. My opinion is that there is always hope, and always a better day coming. It does sound like a lot of the symptoms of depression. A recent study showed that 69 percent of people who were diagnosed with depression came into see the doctor primarily for joint pain. The challenging part is that these aches and pains can actually become compromising to our health if they are not treated quickly and effectively. Here are some common signs that are seen with depression and what you can do about it.

1.Generalized Joint Pain
Typically people with depressive symptoms will start our with some form of joint pain. Fibromyalgia has come on strong as a popular diagnosis. Many people will have the mood dips that go along with it.

What to do?
The great news is that eating a low inflammatory diet has shown to help reduce the inflammation throughout the body. Also certain nutrients like vitamin D and fish oil have been shown to help support brain health and reduce joint inflammation. There is a great product called Amino Activ that can help support reducing the inflammation naturally. You can find it here.

Many people that struggle with depression will present with migraines. As a matter of fact, 40 percent of people with migraines have depression. 

It may be good to see what side the migraine tends to show up on. Some theories in alternative medicine say it could be linked to a zinc or iron deficiency. 

3.Back Pain
Anxiety and depression have been show n to be linked to neck and back pain. The thought is that it could be due to the consistent poor posture and slouching that goes along with depressed mood and any underlying stress. 

A great support is to visit a chiropractic physician and be evaluated to make sure there are no underlying conditions beyond the depression. 

4.Chest Pain
Many studies are linking depression to chest pain. People who have heart failure and are depressed have four more times the chance of dying than those who are not depressed. There are theories that certain imbalances may lead to abnormal heart rhythms. These can lead these to elevated cholesterol, blood pressure, and even insulin.

A great support for this is exercise. Many people don’t exercise and it increases the stress on the heart. Regular exercise can help support your cardiovascular system and help regulate the undue stress on the heart. Make a new goal to start walking 5-6 days a week briskly for just 10-15 minutes. Create the habit first, and then increase the time. 

5.Disrupted Digestion
Many times people notice a major affect on their digestion with stress, especially with depression. The gut has been called the “second brain” by many neuroscientists. . The nervous system has an estimated 500 million neurons. The nerve cells in our gut manufacture about 80-90 percent of our Serotonin, the number one brain chemical to make us not feel depressed!

Great research shows that avoiding most grains for gluten sensitivity, utilizing probiotics for gut health, and increasing omega-3 fats such as fish oil can help increase a great support for better digestion and increased mood. You can find a great formula here