Depressive disorder, frequently referred to as depression, is a serious mental disorder that is far more than having a bad day or rough patches. This is a serious condition that requires attention and medical care.
However, most medications offered by the medical or pharmaceutical industry are not geared to long-lasting relief but to serve only as a prescription to numb the pain.
The patient may make it through but fails to have a full grasp of the joys that life brings. By becoming dependent on the drugs, they’re bound to live their lives this way.
Because the number of cases related to depression has spiked in recent years, researchers did their best in finding out the root cause of this disorder and in discovering ways to treat it more effectively.
What they found are three contributing factors to depression and anxiety: an unhealthy diet, vitamin D deficiency, and a weak spiritual connection. What’s more, these factors can’t be cured with an antidepressant intake.
1. An unhealthy diet.
According to researchers, diet plays a crucial role in our mental health. They explained that our digestive system functions as our second brain which process and store emotional information.
The constant barrage of inflammatory foods and various chemicals in our digestive system lessens its capability to function properly and efficiently.
Gut health is important in mental health specifically because the health of the microbiome of healthy bacteria existing inside us functions as either a detoxification or a toxification system, depending on its health.
To ensure the health of the microbiota, consumption of probiotic foods and supplements are encouraged. The consumption of processed foods laden with chemicals, GMO foods, exposure to other chemicals like glyphosate, and sugary foods are greatly discouraged.
These foods are found to feed and encourage the multiplication of the negative bacteria within the body, which can lead to poor mental health.
2. Vitamin D deficiency.
Sunlight is the best source for vitamin D. Research said that a lack of sunlight increases the risk of depression.
In a study of the areas of the world where sunlight is scarce, the people are expected to suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), feeling blue and fatigue, especially in winters. These conditions are often treated with high doses of vitamin D supplementation.
Researchers found that a vitamin D level that is below 20 nanograms per milliliter increases the risk of depression by 85% compared to having a vitamin D level greater than 30 ng/mL.
Further studies confirmed that adequate levels of vitamin D help alleviate the symptoms of depression.
Another study published in the Journal Dermato Endocrinology revealed that light-absorbing molecules (chromophores) found in the different layers of our skin absorb and interact with ultraviolet rays, producing a number of complex and synergistic effects.
3. A weak spiritual connection.
As people get deeply absorbed in our technologically-advanced modern world, we gradually lose hold of our spiritual connection. As important as it is, this area is often neglected and misunderstood as a contributing factor in mental health.
Fortunately, researchers are starting to explore the effectiveness of psychedelic experiences to achieve a profound connection with the infinite.
Psilocybin mushrooms, or magic mushrooms, are the most talked about psychedelic for quickly achieving stable mental health.
In two separate studies, between 80 and 90% of cancer patients found long-lasting relief from anxiety after a single dose. This remarkable recovery is mostly attributed to the spiritual intensity of the experience.
While gut dysfunction and chronic inflammation are the typical contributing factors of depression, having a proper diet will gradually solve this problem including a regular dose of sun exposure.
Shutting down your emotions with a pill is not likely to help since depression is often accompanied by the feelings of lack of meaning in life and lack of connection to something larger than ourselves.
All this can be relieved by mindful soul searching where you have to apply spiritual practices that suit your beliefs.