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Sadness sometimes seems to strike for no reason.
But why?

Our emotions are such a changeable thing sometimes we feel like there should be nothing wrong but there still is sadness underneath.

Sadness is often our way of reflecting on things and learning from them, it is a completely natural emotion to experience and everyone does.

However in some of us there can be a dark cloud of sadness that never seems to lift and this is when other factors can be in play often there are external environmental factors stress, grief or a bad break up but sometimes it can be from internal things.

Hormonal changes

Hormone changes occur in male and female, both suffer from hormone changes females are reported to have more obvious changes but hormonal changes do happen in males as well.

For females our menstrual cycle can play a massive part in this but it can be helped with natural therapies, for example if your liver is not functioning efficiently the hormones like estrogen and progesterone may not be metabolised.

Stress causes massive hormonal changes in both female and males it causes way more than that if you want to read more about stress and how it impacts on your health follow this link



Nutritional deficiency

Deficiencies can cause massive changes to our moods- B Vitamins, Vitamin C, Magnesium, Iron, Omega 3’s, Vitamin D, Zinc and so many more have huge impacts on our neurotransmitter or hormonal synthesis.

For example Serotonin and Oxytocin are neurotransmitters they transmit signals to our neural network. Our neural network is the how our brain talks to us think about it like wiring for the brain we send impulses back and forth like electronic pulses. They are responsible for feelings of (happiness serotonin, dopamine, oxytocin) or relaxation (GABA) with out the balance of the neurotransmitters

Some nutrients like Omega 3 or B12 help with signalling so those messages get to the brain, without enough omega 3 our signalling slows right down and can cause slower thinking and reaction time. Without enough B12 our “wires” or nerve network that transmits those signals break down, B12 is partially responsible for the creation of this nerve network.

Other nutrients help to make these neurotransmitters like Vitamin C, Magnesium, B Vitamins.

Some nutrients help all of these reactions occur to help you stay happy and most of it can be helped with a well balanced diet.

If your eating right but there is still a problem there may be an issue with your absorption rates some no matter how hard they try have an issue because their gut or liver isn’t working as well as it could or maybe their thyroid is under functioning which can cause huge impacts on mood and metabolism.

There is also something called seasonal affective disorder or SAD for many when the winter blues hit, it is hard to do anything but hide somewhere warm. For many of us winter is a time for quiet reflection but for others it is a time of complete sadness.

There are things you can do eating a well balanced diet is one of them, get up and get moving it will help you to feel better and if you are still suffering maybe come and see a naturopath to see how they can help you.


Family disposition – there are some families where genetics play a part in the development of depression and anxiety. Pyrrole and MTHFR are just some of many disorders which can plague families with mental health issues. but the good news is often eating well and supporting your genes can help to improve these disorders.


If you feel like you need more help supporting your mental wellbeing with nutrients, diet and lifestyle maybe a naturopathic consult is for you.

Contact at contact@balancenaturopathy.com.au or call 0412241198 for a free 10 min consult to find out if we are the right fit for you.

Balance Naturopathy can be part of your support team working with other health care practitioners.