“I don’t even talk about it as a psychiatric condition any more. It does involve psychology, but it also involves equal parts of biology and physical health.”
According to the clinical psychologist, George Slavich at the University of California in Los Angeles, our biological condition may be responsible for depression. After studying the relationship between the symptoms we may exhibit when we are ill and the symptoms of depression, he came to the conclusion that there is an undeniable connection between the two. Depression can be the result of equally psychological, biological and physical straining. According to Slavich, the linking factor between depression and physical illness is inflammation.
“ the best candidate so far is inflammation – a part of the immune system that acts as a burglar alarm to close wounds and call other parts of the immune system into action. A family of proteins called cytokines sets off inflammation in the body, and switches the brain into sickness mode.”
He has concluded to the idea that in order to treat depression, a more natural and effective way would be to consume foods that can eradicate inflammation rather than taking medical treatments that include drugs that can be dangerous to our health and are highly addictive. In his study, he proves that the rise of inflammation and cytokines may be responsible for incidents of depression and may be the reason why the mind is not able to control coherent thought processes. In the following article you can read in detail why the mind can be equally responsible to physical and biological factors for the occurrence of depression.
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If cytokines and inflammation are seen to rise dramatically during depressive episodes, then it may very well be that this is a crucial piece in understanding these emotional conditions and why the mind simply cannot seize control over thought processes and force itself to feel happy. The next question then becomes, ‘what is causing such serious inflammation in the first place?’
Interestingly, researcher Turhan Canli of Stony Brook University in New York believes that the source of inflammation is related to infections, and he thinks we should consider re-labeling depression as an infectious, although not contagious, disease, instead of a mental disorder.
He may be onto something, but other researchers have pointed out that infection is not the only way for inflammation to set in, and that foods and foods ant toxic environmental agents may play a role.
“A diet rich in trans fats and sugar has been shown to promote inflammation, while a healthy one full of fruit, veg and oily fish helps keep it at bay. Obesity is another risk factor, probably because body fat, particularly around the belly, stores large quantities of cytokines.” [Soure]
To support this theory, several clinical trials have so far found that antidepressants when supplemented with anti-inflammatory medicines both improve symptoms and increases the likelihood that a patient will respond to treatment. Two supplements that show tremendous promise for naturally fighting inflammation are curcurmin, an extract of the potent rhizome turmeric, and omega3 fatty acids, both of which are commonly available over-the-counter…
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