“Dear Mr. Malkmus, my wife has suffered with depression for the past three years and is taking antidepressants which only help sometimes. After an episode in which the antidepressants will help for awhile and she seems to be overcoming the depression, she has a relapse and goes right back into depression. She eats mainly plant foods and has reduced dairy and sugar intake, and takes antidepressants, but still suffers with bouts of depression. Could you help us? Shalom.”
Craig M., Victoria, Australia
Craig, many people have overcome depression issues after faithfully following The Hallelujah Diet. But if victory over depression is desired, there are some critical components that must not be neglected:
1. Refined sugar intake must be more than reduced, it must be eliminated! Refined sugar has a very negative effect upon the mind and contributes to depression.
2. Vitamin D insufficiency – Low levels of vitamin D are associated with depression as well as most chronic conditions. Seventy percent of children here in America are deficient in vitamin D and the percentage of adults deficient in vitamin D is even higher. I am sure these deficiencies are similar in Australia where you live. Optimal blood levels of vitamin D are 50 to 80 ng/ml.
3. Omega 3 fats – Low intake of Omega 3 fatty acids is a major underlying issue of depression. I would encourage you get a copy of the book “The Omega 3 Connection” by Andrew Stoll, MD. Dr. Stoll has found great success in treating depression with omega 3s. Pharmax Fish Oil provides the critical long-chain DHA component of omega 3s as well as the short-chain omega 3 itself.
4. Exercise – Aerobic exercise is an important component in overcoming depression. Increased oxygen intake occurs when the body is being aerobically exercised and increased oxygen helps control depression.
5. The Hallelujah Diet – Comprised of 85% raw and 15% cooked plant-based foods along with abundant raw vegetable juices, The Hallelujah Diet is really the starting place for all physical and psychological issues. However, what we stop placing into our bodies is as important; many of the toxic substances found in the Standard American (or Australian) Diet (SAD) can contribute to depression as well, and must be eliminated. You can read more about The Hallelujah Diet here.