Depression is the leading cause of disability and affects more than 300 million people across the globe. Your brain relies on a proper balance of chemicals to regulate your mood, specifically serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine. Serotonin plays the biggest role in moderating your mood, norepinephrine helps us deal with stress, and dopamine acts as our pleasure chemical, giving us the ability to enjoy various situations and events.
Pharmaceuticals can be extremely helpful—even lifesaving—in addressing depression, but when used chronically, they often treat the symptoms of an illness instead of the root cause. And antidepressants, in particular, come with a long list of potential side effects including weight gain, fatigue, decreased sex drive, and even suicidal thoughts if not monitored correctly.
Most antidepressants target serotonin, designed to help increase serotonin levels, which are believed to be low in depression. Thankfully, there are a lot of natural ways to increase these invaluable neurotransmitters. We can also begin to treat the underlying factors causing these neurotransmitters to be low in the first place along with other contributors to poor brain health.