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Iron, Depression, and the Postpartum Woman

Iron, Depression, and the Postpartum Woman

Women who have been pregnant receive fair warning from obstetricians and midwives that they need to watch their iron intake. Hemoglobin levels get monitored in pregnancy. And though the poking and prodding gets old if you are the pregnant woman, the importance of iron in pregnancy and in nutrition in general cannot be overstated. MostContinue Reading

Vitamin D and Depression: This “sunshine vitamin” is critical to your brain health…

Vitamin D and Depression: This “sunshine vitamin” is critical to your brain health…

Vitamin D may well be implicated in your depression, particularly in the dark months of winter. We actually get the lion’s share of our vitamin D through sun exposure. As sun our skin, our body literally transforms it into vitamin D. Our body is very good at producing extra vitamin D in the summer monthsContinue Reading

Second Chance, Second Baby (A Recap)

Second Chance, Second Baby (A Recap)

Note: After extreme depression with my first child, I discovered I was pregnant some six years later. This post reflected on the pregnancy at six months postpartum. This week was baby Alastair’s first “half-birthday.” He is six months old and I realize that perhaps my greatest achievement (ever) is making it this far healthy andContinue Reading

Start Today: Omega-3s And B Vitamins For Depression

Start Today: Omega-3s And B Vitamins For Depression

Vitamins for depression? Omega 3s? I went to Trader Joe’s the other day and the free sample guy Bryan said “Hey, the depression book lady! You know, that stuff really works.” He went on to say that since we spoke last a few months ago he started taking an Omega-3 and a B-vitamin supplement religiouslyContinue Reading

Breastfeeding Diet: Vitamin D and Iron in New Moms

Breastfeeding Diet: Vitamin D and Iron in New Moms

New moms worry a lot about their baby’s health. They wonder if their milk is all it’s cut out to be. Maybe they should give a little formula. Maybe some goat’s milk. The options that we have today only add to the worry because we wonder if we are making the right choice. Study afterContinue Reading

Foods for Depression: Rebuild Resources

Foods for Depression: Rebuild Resources

Are there foods for depression? The fact is that a healthy brain is a brain loaded with the right mix of beneficial fats, minerals, vitamins, and proteins. If your diet has been deficient in critical brain nutrients or if your body does not absorb them properly, you may struggle with depression. Check out some ofContinue Reading

Fish Oil for Depression? “Dose”?

Fish Oil for Depression? “Dose”?

We have all been hearing a lot about the benefits of fish oil for depression in the news and, the fact is, our brains are made up of the same beneficial fat found in fish oil. A healthy brain is a fatty brain, particularly an Omega 3-loaded brain. Fish oil is by far the mostContinue Reading

Kava Kava for Depression and Anxiety: Is it Effective? Risks/Side Effects?

Kava Kava for Depression and Anxiety: Is it Effective? Risks/Side Effects?

Is kava kava an effective remedy for depression and anxiety? Depression is a complicated illness and no single remedy is likely to make you “depression-free,” but as a depression survivor myself, I realize that anything that takes the edge off is a very big “win.” Combine natural remedies with a good diet (particularly nutrient-rich foodsContinue Reading

Zoloft And Breastfeeding: What’s Your Best Move?

Zoloft And Breastfeeding: What’s Your Best Move?

Zoloft has been the most popular antidepressant medication used by new mothers because of studies that show lower concentration of Zoloft in the breast milk. But moms committed to breastfeeding are often skeptical about taking any kind of drug not supported with long-term studies. This website offers extensive information about therapies that can help youContinue Reading

Foods For Depression: Your brain needs nutrients to be healthy. These foods fight depression.

Foods For Depression: Your brain needs nutrients to be healthy. These foods fight depression.

Brains need the right dietary mix to be healthy. Too much or too little of a good thing can lead to an unhealthy brain and you could well end up depressed. While all nutrients are important in healthy brains and healthy bodies, it turns out that some are more critical in our brain function thanContinue Reading