There are many nutritionally related causes of depression, the most common being sub-optimum nutrition resulting in poor mental and physical energy. Disturbed blood sugar balance can result in periods of depression. Lack of Omega 3 fats can make you depressed. If you are low in serotonin you may benefit from 5-HTP. People who produce excessive amounts of histamine are also prone to it. Adrenal exhaustion usually brought on by stress and overuse of stimulants can have this effect. Allergies too can bring on depression. A nutrition consultant can help identify any factor that can be corrected by nutrition.
This condition literally means ‘skin inflammation’, and is similar to eczema. Usually the term ‘dermatitis’ is used when the primary cause appears to be a contact allergy. Go through all possibilities such as metals in jewellery and watches, perfumes, cosmetics, detergents, soaps and shampoos. Where there is a contact allergy there is often a food allergy too: common culprits are dairy products and wheat. Sometimes a combination of eating an allergy¬-provoking food and contact with an external allergen is needed in order for symptoms to develop. Another frequently encountered factor is a lack of essential fatty acids from seeds and their oils, which in the body turn into anti-inflammatory prostaglandins. Their formation is also blocked by too much saturated fat or fried food, or a lack of certain key vitamins and minerals. The skin is also a route that the body can use to get rid of toxins. A certain kind of dermatitis, called acrodermatitis, responds exceptionally well to zinc supplementation and is primarily caused by zinc deficiency.
Both child-onset diabetes and adult-onset diabetes are conditions caused by too high blood sugar. Child-onset diabetes is thought to develop through a cross-reaction between a protein in milk and beef and a protein in the pancreas. This can occur if genetically susceptible infants are fed dairy products or beef in their first few months, before their digestive tract and immune system are fully matured. Adult-onset diabetes is usually a consequence of poor eating habits (too much sugar and stimulants), often preceded by hypoglycaemia or low blood sugar. Ensuring that adrenal hormones, insulin and glucose tolerance factor are properly produced by the liver is fundamental in dealing with all forms of glucose intolerance and diabetes. Particularly important are vitamins C, B3, B5 and B6, zinc and chromium. It is best to discuss any proposed changes in your diet with your doctor.
This is a condition of the small and large intestine, in which pockets in the intestinal wall become distended and are then more likely to get infected and inflamed. The condition, probably the result of not enough fibre and exercise, is rarely seen in primitive cultures. A general vitamin programme is recommended to support the muscle tone surrounding the intestines and to maintain a strong infection-fighting system. Increased soluble fibre and regular exercise such as swimming are the key treatments.