So many people have gotten used to living life in a “blah” state of mind. Uninspired by anything, barely interested in the most important people in their life. Can you imagine what it would be like to feel truly inspired again? Believe that your most genuine desires and dreams are possible? People who live in a chronic state of mild depression or persistent anxiety have most likely given up on the pursuit of a meaningful life. Despite what they want to give to the world, despite how God wants to use them to make this world brighter … they are stuck in a web of mediocrity, compromise, stagnation, inexpression and maybe d ‘isolation.
Does this sound familiar to you? While proper diagnosis and treatments for anxiety and depression, like counseling and medication, are very important … I wonder if you have considered some of the more physical causes of these conditions? It is very important to look for anemia, thyroid disorders and other neurological conditions that can cause depressive symptoms. But did you know that certain microbes (bacteria and fungi) living in our intestines can also cause these symptoms?
Our intestines are filled with millions of organisms – some of which help us feel good and thrive, and others that can make us sick, anxious, angry, depressed, or mentally fuzzy. Some of these bacteria and fungi cause chronic inflammation which can cause not only mental symptoms, but also body aches and pains and difficulty digesting, which doctors have trouble explaining. Did you know that some doctors can perform tests to find out exactly which microbes are living in your gut? Are there any treatments to get rid of the bad and increase the number of beneficial gut bacteria? These treatments have been successful not only for depression and anxiety but also for mental disabilities caused by Alzheimer’s disease, autism, ADHD, etc.
You owe it to yourself to find a functioning doctor or naturopath to dig deeper and find the possible root causes of discomfort, fatigue, depression, or anxiety. Doctors can use specialized labs to order organic acid tests, which show the doctor what your nutritional status is. Are you at sufficient levels of all of the vitamins and cofactors your body needs for the thousands of chemical reactions that take place at any one time? There are markers for the proliferation of pathological yeasts or bacteria. There are markers that show whether you’ve had high exposures to specific metal and environmental toxins, and markers that show how successful your body is at detoxifying. There are markers for neurotransmitters and neurotransmitter metabolism that guide the doctor on the causes and best treatments for your specific disease.
My advice to you would be to trust your body, trust God to never give up on yourself, and find a doctor who can help you find out what exactly is causing your current symptoms. God wants more for you – He wants you to be free to express your happiest self. He has a plan for your life, and it’s more wonderful than you can imagine.