- You’re taking certain drugs, such as metformin or antacids
- You have a family history of pernicious anemia (one form of B12 deficiency)
- You’ve had gastric bypass surgery or other GI surgery
- You have any autoimmune disease
- You’re over 50
My patients bring up all sorts of issues in my office. They tell me about their rashes, their constipation, their diarrhea, and even their sexual problems. However, there’s one topic they frequently don’t talk about: their mental symptoms. Often, it takes a little gentle prying for me to find out when my patients are suffering from depression or anxiety. One reason is that because I’m a naturopathic physician and not a drug-oriented doctor, they think there’s nothing I can do to help them if they’re experiencing unexplained sadness or if they’re constantly worrying about what life has in store for them. But guess what: That’s not true. In more than 20 years as a clinician, I’ve found that natural approaches are incredibly powerful when it comes to easing symptoms of depression and anxiety. Often, natural interventions help make drug treatments or psychotherapy far more effective — and surprisingly often, they’re the only treatments patients need. So if you suffer from anxiety or depression — or suspect you might be — consider exploring these 10 natural approaches. They may just hold the key to a happier, healthier you. 1. Get plenty of vitamin B12. Vitamin B12 deficiency is very common, especially among vegans and vegetarians. Even vegetarians and vegans who supplement their diets often are deficient, because supplements aren’t always effective. Since vitamin B12 comes from animal products, you’re at lower risk for a deficiency if you eat lots of meat, fish, and eggs. However, you may still have a problem, especially if you have any of these risk factors:Note: PLEASE consult with your doctor before making any changes to your diet or medications. The material on this site is provided for educational purposes only, and is not to be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.