I've been endlessly trawling through health sites for years trying to tweak my diet in order to cure myself of this mystery illness that makes me exhausted, have bad skin and a poor outlook on life, wake up early in the morning, have low self esteem and worry about the future. Is it my O3 to O6 ratio? Should I perhaps supplement a little iodine? Some magnesium? Or is it that I'm simply depressed as hell??
It must be so easy to slip into depression in our modern world without even realising it and simply masking the symptoms with energy drinks and sleeping pills. My friends are mostly tired as hell, many people sleep poorly or have insomnia, obesity has exploded (comfort eating as well as a lack of good dietary information?) and many people are reporting fatigue and gastrointestinal issues classified as syndrome x/leaky gut/chronic fatigue/IBS that have very similar symptoms to depression
For some people paleo seems enough to cure them of a depression that they possibly didn't know existed, this is why I believe the diet seems to work as a panacea. Though for some, particularly in the case of the primal blueprint whereby low carb is endorsed, high levels of adrenaline can be enduced, leading to an exacerbation of depressive symptoms, hence why some people struggle. This is often alleviated by incorporating higher levels of carbohydrates for people who don't thrive on low carb (possibly as a result of an unbalancing of their fight or flight mechanism due to stress)
Many on paleo purport to having better skin and hair and attribute this to an increase in fat solubale vitamins, particular A and D, but is this just a result of depression being cured and people returning to how they should look because of the intestinal issues associated with depression being improved? I doubt 'Grok' tweaked his macronutrients, but he probably attracted mates because his mental and subsequently physical health were good, not knocked off balance by artificial lighting and access to sugar/caffiene/alcohol, or being sat in a cubicle for hours a day. Many people say their anxiety is improved and the two often sit hand in hand. I've been on prozac now for about a month (not long I know) but I've noticed a slight but obvious improvement in my skin, fatigue levels and IBS which I imagine will continue to improve as the levels build up in my system, and this is coupled with a lessening of strictness on my diet so I know paleo is not necessarily the cause of these improvements
Many have purported an easing of IBS symptoms on antidepressants, it also seems to work with anxiety (my doctor told me depression and anxiety medication are the same thing) many people are relieved of their fatigue as well
Is paleo simply a way of curing depression? Are the increases in energy conducive to a curing of the condition? The list of symptoms it improves seems to suggest so. Are all my fatigued friends depressed but not aware? Preferring to drink their coffees and energy drinks, pop their pills to sleep, and gorge on serotonin inducing foods such as simple carbohydrates and chocolate etc even though it's making them fat? Or drink themselves stupid every weekend? Is the binge drinking culture a result of depression?
Some people think that too many people are offered pills as an easy solution to their problems but in many cases I think depression could be at the root of many peoples' ills and many of the improvements paleo offers are simply an easing/curing of that condition.