Tips to Boost Mood Swings and Subtle Depression

from very subtle and simple to stronger and more potent: how to make specific healthy tweeks to destroy feel down and blue

.... changes to make before you can even begin to think you might be depressed... and before you head to your GP and get pharmaceuticals

Add an instant lift:
I always carry around a little bottle in my purse, at the office, under my pillow -  of a specific essential oil to sniff, namely bergamot – instant lift.

Add a nut:
Always eat Brazil nuts – those big, hard clunkers. I also chop them, then roast them for sprinkling on salads – or I grind them up and make nut flour out of them for baking. All nuts are awesome and also are necessary complete protein sources but Brazil nuts ALSO contain the trace mineral selenium.

Our bodies naturally make this wonderful anti-inflammatory called L-glutathione. But the weakest link in the automatic making of this wonderful substance - glutathione - is the selenium and it is only abundant in Brazil nuts. The earth contains less and less of it and there is virtually none in anything we eat. Of course it is completely missing in non-organic foods that have been grown in slurries in hothouses and or in poor dirt that has been fertilized with essential nutrients only such as nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium...

When we have anti-inflammatory reactions in our bodies (internal organs, skin, veins, nasal passages, arteries, intestinal tract, etc.) and for longer periods of time - 24/7, and usually unbeknownst to us as we go about our business, then the glutathione heals us even when we aren't totally aware of this. When we are subtely suffering from inflammations for any period of time, we feel miserable and weak and without spunk - not good for mental health as it is also part of a larger, natural, anti-depression component.

Add a glass of water:
... or two, ... or twenty... when we rehydrate our moods can lift - such an easy conundrum to slip into - so easy to get out of. if this applies, then get to 8 cups of water per day and check to see you are peeing out about the same amount you are taking in and keep this up for a week - then a month! should make a quantum difference!


Add sleep:'s macho to do with less - but that's really stupid as you're trading in mood for macho! We all pretty much need 8 hours per day. There's lots going on when we sleep - not just physical healing. When we run a deficit of sleep, we feel really down by day three and even more down as we act upbeat and energized around colleugeues and friends... and then we crash and catch up somewhat and then we do that whole cycle again. If you never let the deficit of zzzz's mount up beyond one day's worth before you return to catch-up, then your modds will alter!


Add a drop of LUGOL’S iodine per day:
quality potassium iodine – assuming you do not have a hyperthyroid or what some call Hashimoto's - then one drop in a glass of water some time during the morning is a good health measure. (one drop! per day only!)
There are many kinds of iodine at many differing strengths – but Lugol’s will do nicely (beware of bogus ‘vegetable’ iodine drops which is kelp juice and has no significant strength but is sold because of the word “vegetable”.) There’s no such thing as animal iodine. At the same time you are protecting the thyroid from radiation (which we are now taking for granted) and supporting the thyroid to create a smidge more upbeat energy


J crow's lugol's iodine 2.jpg


Change your diet JUST a tad and add these three trace minerals - Molybdenum, Lithium and Manganese
Mining for Good Mental Health and Feeling Better - eating your MOLYBDENUM, LITHIUM, MANGANESE - that's the name of an article with a grocery shopping list at the end of it. Without minerals - all the major ones AND all the minor ones - we do not have good health - physical nor mental nor emotional. PERIOD!

Without these three we do not have the ability to create the reactions, co-factors, precursors to hormones, neurotransmitters and catalysts for the thousands upon thousands of intricate, wondrous and complicated chemical transactions that dance together and comprise our body's brilliant functioning. Molybdenum, manganese and lithium are three often neglected ESSENTIAL trace minerals... continued at

Persistent depressed feeling needs some allergy testing as a precaution -​ insidious evil inclusions that can bring us down.... This can be done with a (relatively expensive) naturopathic blood test sent to Mount Vernon in WA, USA. BUT NOT the GP’s stupid scratch tests... that’s a waste of time and someone may even believe these tests and then the real allergy issues are not cleared up at all and are then glossed over.. (The ol' scratch test leaves one with a fake sense of having handled that problem – or as Mark Twain would say: “I don’t want to die of a misprint”.)
I also have found that electro-dermal screening tests are sometimes way off, as are the practitioners of these machines.
Best of all is to do your own allergy tests at home – free - with the simple, hassle-free Dr Coca Pulse test - just send me an email with ‘pulse test’ in the subject header and the pdf explaining it will be on it’s way). Personally, I would do the Dr Coca test – thoroughly and according to his exact stipulations. Then I would also go to someone who is known for good specialized kinesiology - muscle testing - and see what comes up and compare these two. That’s a good start. There is no need to assume (like so many naturopaths and nutritionists often do) that we are all gluten, dairy and animal intolerant.
When rebuilding / renourishing our bodies, those are energetically frivolous assumptions that I have experienced personally - assumptions that were expensive (numerous consultation fees) are time-consuming.


Almost always a B12 deficiency:
When we are energy depleted, we will seem to have down moods - sort of a no-brainer! This can also be depression and the long-term blues if the B12 is a long-standing defiinecy. B12 is important for a number of reasons and one is that it protects the myelin sheath covering ALL nerves - that a lot of length! Methylcobalamine to the rescue (under the tongue if the intestines need rescuing first). See the B12 article to ensure you are not buying the most prevalent, ineffective type called cyanocobalamine that you see on all the shelves and are used in all of the shots:

top foods with vitamin b12

ADD ozone / oxygen therapy to this mix:
Sometimes all a person needs is some really serious re-oxygenation. Ozone sauna therapy is the most subtle un-invasive manner to make this happen – very gentle, gracious and even detoxing... (but not INFRARED).
The unwanted heavy metals that we have accummulated (possibly partly the culprit as well) can be sweated out in a healthy way. Good minerals such as iron can be pushed out by the heavy metal bullies, too. A good nutritional consultation – without guess work – such as someone using live blood analysis - would be very beneficial.


Then always last – and certainly not least - there’s the forgotten gut.
 ... the poor thing ... treated like Cinderella (before the glass slipper was fitted) There are as many reason for unhappy intestines - large and small colons - as there are people suffering the conditin. 
That's a serious, completely misunderstood, largely exploited topic. There are underlying emotional issues, pharmaceutical reactions, food intolerances and poor supplmentation that does not allow for guessing and a bit iof this or that... this is where a live blood analysis is hyper important to side-step mistakes
– and no professional can ‘see’ the gut and should never make gluten-oriented assumptions.
If there is a TRUE celiac disease challenge going on, then that points to gluten having to be VERY strictly avoided (including others in the household, pet foods, etc). However, celiac disease requires a possible biopsy after a positive blood test: Tissue Transglutaminase Antibodies blood test (tTG-IgA) is what you need your doctor to authorize - no symptom guessing here! Otherwise it's guesswork and that has become popular by many professionals to conclude that celiac disease is present by guessing.
Gluten may be the most benign element in our food! It may be an intolerance to the lectins in the hull of the whaet - a very real poisonous proposition! Or there's a glysophate intolerance - also in the outer skin of the wheat... it takes a tough stomach to keep eating lectins and glysophates... and blamimg the gluten means we will continuusly shift the blame and never fix the problem. But for happy, upbeat person, the 28 feet of gut MUST be repaired. 

Celiac disease CANNOT be seen with live blood analysis – just if there is a very unhappy gut - dysbiosis. The gut communicates with the heart and the mind (our computer processor) and that must be in awesome working order. The gut is central to dampening inflammation, too AND for absorption of nutrients. That’s a serious multi-functional workload. 
The invisible gut, and it’s intricacies are often used to scare people into buying supplements or for creating a whole webinar series for even more guessing and mis-information!!! Buyer beware.
The gut, when healthy, makes the majority of our serotonin - the happy mood  hormone. There is no ONE real test for all of this... other than... you guessed it! proper Live Blood Analysis (as opposed to merely some prebiotics or something else from a seductive ad). 

An important cog in the mental-health-wheel is a full-blown magnesium deficiency. A serious lack is not hard to come by. This lack deficiency is then further aggravated by the known (but ignored) side-effects of continuous stress, poor diet and many modern ubiquitous pharmaceutical medications - so heart-breaking!
A magnesium deficiency leads to an overabundance of N-methyl-d-aspartate (NMDA). NMDA is a substance that is not normally found in healthy tissue. For example, cerebral spinal fluid contains magnesium (sometimes called brain magnesium) and has been found to be too low in drug-resistant depression, as well as with other depression oriented diagnoses.
Many research projects have come to similar results in sussing out magnesium levels in sufferers. (In fact initial research goes back to the 1920's and showed 88% success rates in both animals and human experiments where magnesium levels were corrected. Magnesium's brilliant role in mental health re-balancing is now common knowledge in research circles and well reported at PubMed type libraries. The details continue at
Magnesium deficiency should not be guessed at. The symptoms are many and overlap with so many other symptoms.
Magnesium deficiency can be seen with properly practiced Live Blood Analysis. Magnesium is really tricky if you want to take it for more than better bowel movements of as a sleep aid. 


Ortho-Molecular Smarts
... now we are at the serious part
An example of addressing profoundly the serious nutritional imbalances that lead from mood swings to deep depression, would be the brilliant work of Dr. Abram Hoffer's. He gave us the mind-bogglingly beautiful ortho-molecular medicine. Depression, bi-polar, shizophrenia, etc. is thoroughly discussed at
But one can get a head-start while delving into this simple, elegant solutions-oriented work. There is over-the-top clearly focused research about applications of B3 – niacin. (This research and Dr Hoffer’s work was / is shunned by the psychiatric medical world for lack of the pharma $ motivation it carries with it.) Getting started with the gradual building up of specific niacin intake is NEVER harmful for anyone and inexpensive – and should be done wisely. The details on doing this just-so are at:



Ortho-Molecular Smarts in a different and complete form
There’s research at TrueHope, the company the government has tried to take down for years (incl a sting operation at a Vancouver naturopathic convention) that relates to re-balancing our mental health with B3 and further micro-nutrient interventions rather than medicating the BIG PHARMA way – have a read here to see what professionals say:



Good luck!
Just go down the list - be thorough and patient - none of this can do any harm to be proactive... if the above truly fails you, then see your doctor. All the best!


DISCLAIMER: As annoying as this is... this article is intended for informational purposes only and heaven forbid... and you know that I know that you know that I have to write this... nothing in this piece is intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, especially if one has thyroid challenges...

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