Needed: Tests for nutritional deficiencies prior to drugging

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What is needed today for people with anxiety and depression problems, say many natural health practitioners, is tests for nutritional deficiencies.

If only physicians, psychiatrists and other medical professionals would test for nutritional deficiencies before automatically prescribing Zoloft, Seroquel, Prozac, etc., the natural human body could be a lot happier.

Tests for nutritional deficiencies would perhaps reveal whether you need a chemical medication or whether you simply need spinach, salad, beans and extra virgin olive oil.

Following is a list of nutrients deficient in today’s world that your body must have in order to stave off anxiety and depression:

Let’s start with omega-3 fatty acids. Today’s Standard American Diet of processed junk food is loaded with omega-6 fatty acids. This configuration drowns out the vital omega-3’s found in raw nuts, avocados, oily fish, extra virgin olive oils, etc.

The omegas should be equal. For the last years, 3’s have been overwhelmed by 6’s by as much as 20 to one.

There is now a major epidemic of vitamin D deficiency. In the modern medical world it is just now being recognized that vitamin D plays many important roles in the body other than building bones and teeth.

Vitamin D deficiency is now linked to anxiety, depression, Alzheimer’s disease and autism.

The best source of vitamin D is sunlight on bare skin. Very few foods other than oily fish and fish oil provide vitamin D.  If sun is not possible, whole food supplements are best.

On a positive note, many physicians are now testing for vitamin D.

Half of modern Americans are magnesium-deficient. This is largely because of stress, harmful chemical medicines, antibiotics and sugar-laden processed food that is largely empty of important nutrients. The best food sources of magnesium are greens, beans and other legumes.

Vitamin B’s are vitally important. Deficiencies have been shown to contribute to many mental health problems. About a quarter of  women are deficient in vitamin B-12, which can only be obtained in animal foods.

Many people don’t even recognize the word ‘folate.’ However folate deficiency contributes to anxiety and depression.

The same old natural healers show up again! Beans and other legumes, dark, leafy greens and citrus fruit are the food warriors here.

Do you know what amino acids are? They are the building blocks of protein, thus helping the brain to function properly.

The body does not make most of them and depends on nutritional food consumption. Best food sources for amino acids are beef, eggs, fish, beans, seeds and nuts.

Twenty percent of women and 50 percent of pregnant women are iron deficient (which means inadequate red blood cells). It is found in red meat, fish and poultry. But, by far, the best source is or was animal liver. The ancients ate it raw from a game animal kill (Yuck!) My own mother made us eat liver once a week.

Oh well, whole food supplements take care of that in this modern age.

And then there’s zinc, iodine and selenium—all important for good mental health.

Adequate iodine is critical for optimal thyroid function. It helps with body temperature, energy, metabolism, immune function and brain performance.

Zinc is used by more enzymes (more than 300 in the body) than any other mineral. It helps prevent depression, controls inflammation, boosts the immune system and brain performance.

Selenium is also vital for thyroid function. It helps the important antioxidant (glutathione peroxidase) keep the polyunsaturated acids in the cell membranes.

The one most important food source for selenium is Brazil nuts.

Modern medicine has gone both forward and backward in regards to how the natural body operates.

Perhaps it is time for physicians worthy of the name to conduct tests for nutritional deficiencies before they prescribe harmful chemicals.

In the end, we will never outsmart the knowledge of nature.