An Integrative Medicine Approach to SAD
Through the sharing of Marie’s story, she was better able to understand the root of where her sadness originated. It’s common for the unprocessed emotions of family grief, shame and trauma to get passed on to the next generation. Through the lens of functional medicine, I take into consideration the wholeness of a person, their emotional, physical and spiritual self, and how these things may be contributing to the illness or imbalance in their bodies. With this information, I was able to prescribe a homeopathic remedy specifically suited to Marie’s emotional and physical response to her childhood trauma.
With any kind of depression, including SAD, it’s essential to address imbalances like thyroid or adrenal dysfunction, nutritional deficiencies like vitamin D, omega-3 fatty acid levels, or food allergies and gut imbalances. When the gut, often referred to as “the second brain,” is restored to health, it can do its proper job of breaking down and assimilating the nutrients your body needs to feel good. The health of your entire body is connected, when you heal one part, it impacts your entire being.
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After performing lab work-up with Marie, I started her on a functional medicine nutrition and supplement protocol. Using my Healthy Nutrition Guide as the foundation for her nutritional plan, Marie was able to start making the changes to her diet that she needed to support her physical and emotional body to feel better.
I put Marie on specific supplements to augment her energy, brain chemistry and essential fatty acid status. Eating healthy fats is an essential component to healing brain chemistry and underlying symptoms of depression. The quality of fats you eat directly influences how you feel. Essential fatty acids act as critical messengers in the production of neurotransmitters and form the foundation of your hormones, impacting your mood and well-being.
I work collaboratively with many types of professionals, and referred Marie for in-depth therapy. Through careful examination of Marie’s history, supportive diet and lifestyle changes, acupuncture and homeopathic remedies, Marie was able to discontinue her anti-depressant.
If you or someone you love experiences SAD, it’s important for a support network that includes integrative health practitioners, and loved ones such as friends, family and community.
If you are struggling with SAD and want support in finding the cause of your depression, email me to schedule a complimentary 15-minute consultation to see how I can assist you.
It is both my passion and privilege to support women in their wholeness, helping your body to function optimally and address the underlying health issues so that you can reclaim your health and restore your life!
Yours in health,