The link between hormones and depression is dramatically under diagnosed.
With neurotransmitters gaining such high popularity and given such extensive research, it is no wonder that most people go straight to anti-depressants.
If we dig a little deeper, we soon realize that many hormones can exhibit powerful effects, not only on the body, but on the mind as well.
The Hormones And Depression
Hormones, when out of balance can have detrimental effects on all areas of the body and mind.
That being said, a hormone will only hold the benefits I am about to explain if you are deficient in that hormone.
If you believe you have a hormonal imbalance, visit a qualified medical professional and get bloodwork.
(This is not medical advice, just personal experience. Please read the disclaimer.)
I’m sure everyone knows a little bit about testosterone.
It is what separates men from women, and boys from adults. When your testosterone is optimal you are on.
Think of a typical young man: high libido, high energy, strong sense of well being.
On the other hand when your testosterone is low, you won’t be enjoying much of anything.
Testosterone has strong mood boosting properties. It is no surprise it has been linked to increased dopamine levels.
Higher testosterone levels also help you build muscle and burn fat.
Who wouldn’t be a little happier with a fit body!?
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This hormone is as crucial for women as testosterone is for men. Progesterone in the female body helps to balance excess estrogen.
Without progesterone, you have estrogen levels going way too high for anyone to have a healthy mind.
My mom was living with low progesterone for years. Her PMS was insane, she had terrible cramps and felt immobile for half the month.
Not to mention she was on 2 anti depressants and she still felt depressed.
Within 1 month of starting progesterone she was doing significantly better.
Progesterone can have balancing effects on the neurotransmitters, especially GABA. It is known to have a calming effect when optimal.
Higher estrogen levels in females are the primary reason why women are more susceptible to anxiety and depression than men.
Estrogen and testosterone are two perfect examples of how powerful hormones can be on the mind.
The thing is, men have and need a little estrogen too.
If your estrogen is too high or too low, it will cause a lot of problems whether you are male or female.
An imbalance will likely first present itself in either your mood or libido in either gender.
The world we live in today produces tons of chemicals that the body registers as estrogenic.
Estrogen levels in both men and women are higher than they have ever been.
Don’t believe me? Just look at how early girls are developing and how men are becoming more feminine every decade.
If your liver is not functioning 100% to eliminate these toxins, your estrogen will be higher than it should be, and you will feel it physically and emotionally.
High estrogen also lowers testosterone in males, creating a terrible testosterone to estrogen ratio. This is far from ideal.
Often overlooked, the thyroid is the key to homeostasis in the body.
Hypothyroidism comes with a laundry list of medical conditions ranging from anxiety and depression to hair loss and weight gain.
There is a strong link between an imbalance of thyroid hormones and depression.
Your thyroid enhances the function of every tissue and organ in the entire body including the brain.
An under functioning thyroid may very well be one of your root causes of depression.
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CORTISOL and the ADRENALS
Adrenal fatigue can mess up your entire hormonal system.
The adrenal hormones fall down a waterfall-like system, eventually producing the hormones previously mentioned such as testosterone, estrogen, etc.
When you are exposed to chronic stress your cortisol will be elevated. If stress is left unchecked this can cause some serious problems.
Since cortisol is absolutely essential to life, over time your body will eventually redirect its priorities from other hormones in order to produce cortisol.
If this goes on for a few years, eventually your cortisol will bottom out, leaving you feeling constantly exhausted and anxious.
I suffered from this for years and I still need to give it my full attention.
It is extremely hard to manage your mental state when you feel exhausted, just imagine feeling like you slept 3 hours a night.. would you feel happy?
Addressing my adrenal fatigue has greatly eased my hormones and depression.
This is the program I used to regain my old self, it is truly life changing:
Where to Start?
One of the best ways to get started is to go talk to a doctor or Naturopath who can run proper blood work to see where your hormone levels are at.
Always make sure to get a copy for yourself. Some doctors don’t understand that a “low-normal” level of hormones is not adequate.
Males should want optimal testosterone, females should want optimal estrogen and progesterone, and everyone should want an optimal thyroid and adrenal function.
I am not insisting you get on hormone therapy immediately.
Do your research, there are plenty of natural ways to address these problems first.
Unlike a band aid pill this stuff takes time. With persistence and self education addressing the root causes of depression will yield much better long term health results than pills will.