Neuroscientists at the National Institute of Mental Health, our nation’s leading mental health facility, have stated that most depression in the United States is caused by adrenal hormone imbalances. Most cases of depression can be related to low levels of DHEA, cortisol, testosterone, estrogen, or progesterone. A hormonal imbalance can lead to chronic illnesses which may result in depression due to not feeling well. However, there are other potential causes of depression too. Depression may be a side effect of food intolerances, imbalanced gut bacteria, or food allergies. Food sensitivity or allergy testing may be enough to treat depressive symptoms. Detoxification is another way depression can arise. If your body is struggling to eliminate harmful chemicals, toxins may build-up, leading to issues with the central nervous system, brain, or spinal cord, resulting in depression.
Functional lab testing can help reduce or eliminate depressive symptoms. Talking with Gayatri can help you decide which
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