Frederik's story about depression and nutrition
September 2016 \\ Category: Depression
A shake with the right nutrition can give you a head start to the day - and it can be made really tasty.
After my brain haemorrhage back in 1998, I suffered a quite severe depression.
For many years I did a lot of psychotherapy and spiritual practises which definitely helped me, but somehow I tended to fall back into the same depressive pattern. It was as if I didn’t have the defence system to fight back when challenges arose.
During a training to become a shock-trauma therapist (www.skolenforpsykosomatic.dk), the trainer noticed that it seemed to her that I had a high arousal level in my nervous system and she suggested some nutritional changes which could help to strengthen my biochemical defences. She especially recommended fatty oils like flax seed oils as they would calm my nervous system and improve my sleep.
That was the beginning of my daily morning shake, which for sure has increased my defence system and my ability to deal with the challenges of life. I have a profound believe in the value of psychotherapy, but I also believe that getting the right food and supplements can be instrumental for people with weak biochemical defences. The way I see it, it’s like Maslows hierarchy of needs. If we don't have the sufficient biochemical strength we won't be able to deal with our psychological challenges as our nervous system can’t cope with these challenges.
Taking my daily shake gives me security that I get what I need to keep my immune system strong. I know that I'm covered with the right vitamins, minerals and oils. And it feels good to have this daily beneficial routine.
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I later learned that deficiencies of these 10 vitamins and minerals may cause depression (1) (2):