Biology affects how you feel and behave. Medications and certain food and drink can bring about a depressed state or worsen one that is already there. Your biology is in an overly acidic condition in states of depression. This is true no matter if your depression started through circumstance, a biological illness, medication, or food and drink habits. In fact, the more overly acidic your body fluids become, the more a downward turn in symptoms you will have physically, mentally and emotionally. Fatigue, slowed reaction time, mental fog, reduced or labored breathing, sadness and depression, irritability and anger and a general lack of enthusiasm for life will be your symptom picture.
Whenever patients come to me with complaints of depression, I consider all areas of their living habits. I’m a psychologist, so people’s mental health is my first concern. But, I know I’ll be much more successful, if I know all areas of their living that is getting in the way of their feeling better.
Through the years, I’ve found that when people are depressed they gravitate to habits that actually worsen their depression, like over use of alcohol, prescription medications, and foods and drink that turn their biology too acidic. I’m sure you already know where I’m going with this. High fat, sugary comfort-type foods over acidify your body, as do many prescription medications and alcohol. The health industry has made a lot of money on our bad health habits. Sport and Vitamin waters are selling like wild fire today. And, the coconut? It has never enjoyed the limelight as it does today in most health and grocery stores. Most of these drinks have properties that can re-alkalize the body system.
I’m sure you all know a person, if not you, who started to take antacids during an especially tumultuous time in his life. High arousal of our nervous system caused by stressful circumstances can acidify our bodies. But, it may be the food and drink we favor at such times that actually does us in physically, mentally, and emotionally.
What’s your or a loved one’s experience here? I’d love to know your thoughts.