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Mood Series: Top 8 Factors Effecting Your Mood

Tue Aug 28 2018 16:46:47 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Its easy to look for a ‘quick fix’ when it comes to feeling good, and more often than not, we will try anything to get there.

But there are many factors effecting low mood, and, while supplementation may assist in restoring us back to a place of wellbeing, its not the only answer.

What we are exposed to through our environment and lifestyle can directly effect how the biochemical pathways in our bodies work. If the environmental cause, trigger or contributor is not discovered and addressed, then it is unlikely the issue will be resolved through supplementation.

The treatment could end up being a ‘bandaid solution’, and the symptoms will likely return.

 

Below are areas you can investigate and address in your life right now, that could be effecting how you feel.

Top 8 Environmental + Lifestyle Factors Effecting Your Mood

 

  1. Diet
     

  2. Stress
     

  3. Sleep
     

  4. Physical Activity Level
     

  5. Heavy Metals
     

  6. Mould Exposure
     

  7. Chemicals
     

  8. Infection

 

 

Have you considered these areas before? Sometimes we overlook the obvious and jump right into the complex. Have a look at your own circumstances, is there anything you could change?

2 Examples Below...

Carbon Monoxide:

Carbon monoxide is an odourless and colourless gas produced when carbon containing compounds burn. Some sources of carbon monoxide include non-electric heaters, fire smoke, cigarette smoke, motor vehicle exhausts, engine fumes, propane stoves and spray paint (emedicinehealth 2017).

Jasper et al. 2005, p.127 states that carbon monoxide poisoning results in significant anxiety and depression that can continue for a duration of 12 months or more. The article concludes that clinicians must be vigilant regarding prevention of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Consider the following:

- What type of heating system is used in your home?
- What kind of stove do you use?
- Do you have fireplaces or chimney vents that have not been assessed?
- Are your symptoms better or worse during different times of day, in different environments or during different seasons?

(MDedge 2017)
 

Pesticides:

Cross-sectional studies have shown the connection between depressive symptoms and pesticide poisoning in farmers. A cohort study shows that depression is significantly associated with pesticide poisoning at a three year follow-up. The study concludes that prolonged irritability can result from pesticide poisoning (Beseler & Stallones 2008, p.768).

Science Daily talks about the relationship between household mould and mental health.

In conclusion:

Supplements and the like are helpful to assist in the returning of our bodies to homeostasis. But, in order for these methods to have the best outcome possible, we need to assess both environment and lifestyle factors FIRST. 

FIND THE CAUSE, don’t just bandaid the symptoms.
 

DISCLAIMER: 

The information provided on Nutrition Mind Collective is for educational and informational purposes only. The information provided on this site is not, nor is it intended to be, a substitute for professional advice or care. Please seek the advice of a qualified health care professional in the event something you have read here raises questions or concerns regarding your health.
 

REFERENCES:

Beseler, C, Stallones, L 2008, ‘A Cohort Study of Pesticide Poisoning and Depression in Colorado Farm Residents’, Annals of Epidemiology, vol. 18, no. 10, pp. 768 – 774, viewed 24 July 2017, http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1047279708001154

emedicinehealth 2017, carbon monoxide poisoning, viewed 24 July 2017, http://www.emedicinehealth.com/carbon_monoxide_poisoning/article_em.htm

Jasper, B, Hopkins, R, Duker, H, Weaver, L 2005, ‘Affective Outcome Following Carbon Monoxide Poisoning: A Prospective Longitudinal Study’, Cognitive & Behavioral Neurology, vol. 18, no. 2, pp. 127 – 134, viewed 24 July 2017, http://journals.lww.com/cogbehavneurol/Abstract/2005/06000/Affective_Outcome_Following_Carbon_Monoxide.8.aspx

MDedge 2017, viewed 24 July 2017, http://www.mdedge.com/

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