A nutritional imbalance can often be the underlying cause of depression. If you eat too many sweets, your organism will pay the price over the long term. This is because the body needs chromium and Vitamin B1 to metabolize sugars. If your body has to metabolize too many glucides, you may develop a B1 deficiency, which in turn can cause you to become depressed.

To remedy the situation rebalance your diet and absorb more Vitamin Bl. Good food sources include wheat germ, whole grains and brewer’s yeast. Smaller amounts are also found in walnuts, pork, milk and dairy products and egg yolk, as well as the green part of vegetables.

Vitamin B1 is destroyed by coffee, alcohol and the contraceptive pill.

A severe lack of sugar can also affect your state of mind, resulting in mental fatigue and depression. Once again the key is balancing your diet, and making sure you are getting the right amounts of various nutrients, including sugar.

Interestingly enough, too much copper in your organism can affect your mental state and explain a tendency towards depression. Don’t eat too many peanuts, and make sure you get enough zinc and Vitamin C, both of which are antidotes to the problem of excess copper.

Zinc-rich foods include:

– oysters

– horse meat

– whole grain bread

– egg yolk

– liver

– veal

– fish, shellfish and seafood

Many fruits and vegetables contain Vitamin C.

To combat nervous depression or burn-out eat more apricots and cabbage (in moderation) and take nutritional clay (a teaspoon diluted in a glass of water, once a day).

Lithium, which makes an amazingly effective treatment for a variety of psychological and emotional disorders, is another effective antidepressant. The daily recommended dosage is 100 to 200 micrograms per day.

In its natural state, lithium is found in whole grains and seeds. Its effects are enhanced by Vitamin E. Sources of Vitamin E include wheat germ and, in smaller amounts:

– hazelnuts and almonds

– green leafy vegetables (lettuce and spinach)

– wholegrains

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