D is for Depression: Holistic Approaches to Find More Light -- By Amy Bousman

Many of us have experienced depression, but too often, we don't look at how we can work with our diet and emotions to help us find greater balance and clarity. Both entail listening to our whole selves. Along the way, Nutritional Therapy, as well as other approaches, can help us through.

Recently, when a long-time friend came to me about her depression, I reached out to lend a listening ear and an open heart. I acknowledged her courage to open up and offered her some Nutritional Therapy support.

These methods are effective and safe, and what's more, they can help any of us suffering from depression replenish our health, and from there, bring greater lightness to our lives:

  • Get your gut straight. We have a vagal nerve that runs from our small intestines up our spine and into the base of our brain. The way we nourish our gut, including the medicines and toxins we ingest, literally impacts our brain’s health. Some of my favorite ways to support the gut are daily doses of L-Glutamine powder, collagen, gelatin, and bone broth. You can find bone broth in the freezer section of health food stores. The GAPS diet is a good food starting point, but it often needs to be customized.

  • If your health and diet allow, nourish your brain and adrenal glands with healthy fats. Examples include high-quality olive oil, avocado oil, macadamia nuts, coconut oil, MCT oil, and saturated animal fats like butter from organic pasture-raised sources. Organ meats, especially liver, from organic pasture-raised and pasture-finished animals are packed with vitamins D and B, which your brain and adrenals will love. You can find high-quality organs locally at the Merc or have them delivered to your door via businesses such as