I thought I’d update you with what’s going on in my life. Yesterday I spoke with a group of psychologists about the physical imbalances that can lead to depression. A planned 30 minute session with them turned into 90 minutes!! (Because they had so many questions and were so interested in what I had to share).
What I Taught The Psychologists
During my time with them in which we discussed the physical causes of depression that so often go overlooked I briefly shared about hormones, toxins, histamine/methylation imbalances and the mauve factor. They were especially intrigued about the hormonal imbalances so I thought I’d share a little about them here today.
Something they weren’t aware of was that all sex hormones (testosterone, estrogen, progesterone etc) are made out of cholesterol, and they were all very similar molecules. Testosterone is actually converted in the body to estrogen. Because sex hormones are made from cholesterol we need to have enough cholesterol in our diets so that our hormones are able to be produced.
Eating Disorders, Hormonal Imbalances & Mood Problems
When I brought up this fact, they asked a very interesting question about eating disorders and hormones. They asked- If someone has an eating disorder or even has just believed the myth about all fats being bad for you (and are on a low fat diet), would this affect their hormones levels? And will the decreased hormone levels then lead to further problems with mood?
The simple answer is yes -very very likely. If you don’t have the right ‘building blocks’ (cholesterol) in the body you can’t make your hormones. And the fact is that hormonal deficiencies (like progesterone and estrogen) can increase depression and anxiety.
There’s some interesting research on this topic that you can find here http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20860875 It actually talks about how estrogen therapy might be a novel strategy for the treatment of anorexia. It also mentions how estrogen can help major depression.
If you’d like to find out whether you have symptoms of an estrogen deficiency (or other hormonal imbalances) and how to treat it naturally you can get a copy of my free questionnaire at www.breakingfreefromdepression.com/free-report.
Here’s my Key to Healing Depression and Anxiety
My key for healing your depression and anxiety today:
Find out whether it has a physical cause (it may not be able the way you think).
Hormonal imbalances, nutrient deficiencies, toxins and food allergies can give you depression and anxiety. To find out how you can diagnose them click here.
I hope and pray that this information will bring you freedom and assist you to break free from depression. All the best.
Dr Janelle Sinclair
BSc, MSc, PhD (Biochemistry), NZNMA