- Do you struggle with “low” moods most of the time without any particular reason?
- Do you fluctuate between low moods and feelings of anxiety?
- Do you find yourself feeling irritable and short-tempered?
- Does your mood seem to worsen in the winter months?
- Do you find you experience mood changes at the same time as digestive or other symptoms?
- Ladies, do your moods fluctuate according to your menstrual cycle?
Changes in mood are a part of life to some degree – events in your life can obviously create changes in the way you feel emotionally.
But chronic mood imbalances are certainly not normal and it’s nearly always possible to do something about them.
Going back to 2007, I was feeling a mixture of fatigue, depression and anxiety. I wasn’t sleeping well and I’d lost my libido. All this was on top of my digestive symptoms – heartburn, bloating and loose stools.
To this day, I’m not 100% sure what the interaction was between each symptom was, but what I do know is that once I’d cleaned out the bad bugs from my gut and rebalanced my hormones (two of the Olympic Ring systems), my moods completely changed for the better.
Last time I looked on Google, there were approximately 6 million searches for “depression” month. That’s a lot of depressed people, not to mention those who feel anxious or irritable.
If you add together the number of sales of each individual antidepressant drug, you’ll see that as a group, or class, of drugs, they’re amongst the biggest selling, worldwide.
So we know mood symptoms are very, very common and widespread.
What can cause Mood Disturbances?
Excluding “life” events and circumstances, many factors may lead to changes in mood. These include:
- Hormone imbalances such as low thyroid hormone, low cortisol, or low progesterone and testosterone may create significant mood changes in both men and women.
- Any good medical website or textbook will list “depression” as a symptom of a sluggish thyroid gland.
- Elevated levels of your “stress” hormones cortisol and adrenaline (epinephrine) can create feelings of anxiety and being on edge – they are actually designed to do so!
- When hormones are out of balance in a woman’s body, it’s common to see mood changes in the latter two weeks of her menstrual cycle. It’s usually inadequate progesterone relative to oestrogen, but this is a very simplified way to look at the situation.
- Progesterone calms and relaxes the nervous system, so if its levels drop too low, feelings of uneasiness and anxiety can develop.
- Testosterone brings drive and motivation to both men and women. Low levels can result in low moods, and high levels can result in irritability and aggression (in women as well as men).
- Toxins such as mercury may interfere with brain and nerve function, creating a plethora of symptoms that include disturbed moods.
- Nutrient deficiencies such as amino acids, zinc, copper, B6, B12 and vitamin D can certainly lead to mood disturbances. Any good nutrition textbook will have “depression” listed as a possible symptom of vitamin B12, B6 or D deficiencies.
- Vitamins and minerals are needed to run hormone pathways. For example, selenium is needed to convert relatively inactive T4 thyroid hormone to its more active counterpart, T3.
- Neurotransmitter imbalances can create mood changes; for example low GABA levels may lead to anxiety and hyperactivity, whilst low serotonin and dopamine levels may lead to low moods, and feelings of low self-esteem and fulfillment.
- Blood sugar imbalances can change someone’s mood at the drop of a hat because low blood sugar leads to the production of stress hormones.
- Gluten intolerant people often have neurological symptoms that can include mood disturbance.
- Hidden food and chemical allergies or sensitivities can create mood disturbances by creating excess toxicity and immune responses in your body, thus interfering with nerve function and “mood chemistry”.
- Chronic digestive invaders such as H. Pylori, parasites and fungal overgrowth prevent nutrient absorption and increase toxin levels, which can indirectly lead to chronic mood changes.
In other words chronic symptoms of disturbed mood come down to the two main pillars of Hompes Method philosophy:
- Too much bad stuff being in the body (bad food, bad bugs, bad toxins, bad hormones).
- Inadequate levels of the good stuff (good food, good bugs, good nutrients, good hormones).
Tips on Removing Mood Imbalances
I’ve seen complete normalization of mood disorders when my clients have:
- Removed common bad foods.
- Replaced them with more nutritious good foods.
- Altered their eating patterns to keep blood sugar levels stable, thus bringing down stress hormone levels.
- Consumed more high quality protein and nutrient-dense food.
- Eliminated bad bugs from their digestive system and repaired general gut function.
- Learned how to reduce daily toxin exposure.
- Supported liver and detoxification to gently remove toxins from their body.
- Improved hormonal balance, especially adrenal, thyroid and sex hormones, and especially in women who had disturbed mood that was associated with their menstrual cycle.
- Discovered and addressed nutrient deficiencies such as low vitamin D, magnesium, vitamin B6 or B12.
In some cases, I’ve seen mood symptoms improve within as little as 1-4 weeks with simple changes.
I personally found my anxiety disappeared within just a couple of weeks when I began to take supplements to get rid of H. pylori and support my adrenal glands.
How to Improve Your Energy Levels
If you’re struggling with mood problems that are affecting your productivity, self-confidence and relationships, please feel encouraged that you can bring your mood and life back into balance.
I find that mood-based symptoms, energy levels and often sleep and digestive health are closely related. Taking action to resolve issues in these areas usually brings about positive changes in mood.
I have absolute certainty we can help you restore optimal, stable and happy moods.
Hompes Method Basics
The first place to start is with your food intake, eating habits and digestive health. Without optimizing these, any improvements in energy you experience will be transient – they simply won’t last.
Don’t underestimate the power of simple changes to your eating and lifestyle habits as a means of improving your mood – the simple things are almost always the most effective.
You have the power to potentially create very rapid shifts in your mood by simply removing the bad stuff and replacing the good.
I’ve seen dramatic improvements in my clients’ mood in as little as a week when they have made basic changes to their eating and sleeping habits.
The Hompes Method Basics online Nutrition and Lifestyle plan is a simple, but very powerful step-by-step programme to help you:
- Remove all the bad foods from your diet that damage your digestion and create toxicity and nutrient deficiencies that affect mood.
- Replace these with simple and delicious alternatives.
- Learn dozens of simple yet tasty recipes and ideas for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks.
- Maintain perfect blood sugar balance to maintain steady, even moods and keep your hormones in balance.
- Optimize the function of your digestive system so that you’re maximizing your absorption of mood-supporting nutrients.
- Gently detoxify your gut and entire body to remove toxins that interfere with your brain and nervous system.
- Improve your sleep, which obviously has a knock on effect on daytime energy levels and often, mood.
Hompes Method Basics is my way of sharing fifteen years’ education and experience with you in a single, online programme that’s delivered to you on your computer, wherever you are.
In essence, it’s a plan to help you overcome tricky health challenges and elevate your energy levels without the requirement for lab testing and consulting.
Click here to get started on the Hompes Method Basics health rejuvenation plan today and begin your journey to recover your God-given energy and vitality in the Seven Areas of Health.
Try the Hompes Method Basics programme first and if it does not improve your mood, or other symptoms, inside 3-4 weeks of following the plan closely, consider that something over and above your diet and lifestyle may be causing a challenge to your body.
Simple Home Tests to Check Your Energy Production (Important for Mood)
A Hompes Method Initial Assessment includes two simple, yet excellent measures to gauge your body’s energy production, which is heavily tied to mood.
Generally, the lower your energy production, the lower or “flatter” the mood or more anxious you’ll feel.
These simple measures can be done at home. They are:
- Your waking temperature
- Your waking pulse
A low morning body temperature and/or pulse is/are immediately indicative of a low metabolic rate, which means your body’s energy production is low.
The Limitations of these Home Tests
Unfortunately, when we see low waking temperatures and pulse measures, we don’t know why your energy production and mood are being compromised. Could it be:
- Low thyroid function?
- Low adrenal function?
- Nutrient deficiencies such as B vitamins, iron, magnesium, amino acids, carnitine or CoQ10?
- Digestive problems such as gluten intolerance, parasites or low stomach acid?
- The fact that you’re not eating the right types and combinations of food?
- Chronic interference from mercury, lead or other potent toxins?
In other words, what bad stuff is in your body, and what good stuff is missing or too low?
A simple urine test done first thing in the morning can tell you whether your serotonin and dopamine pathways are functioning optimally. Serotonin and dopamine are “feel good” chemicals.
The organic acids test also checks B-vitamins, carnitine, CoQ10 and amino acids, all of which are very important in helping your cells make energy. B vitamins are critical in hormone and brain chemistry metabolism, too.
You’ll also discover whether your liver is under toxic stress and whether your kidneys are able to clear ammonia from your body. If any of these functions are impaired, your mood may be affected.
Your thyroid hormones are like throttles or accelerators behind your cellular energy production. Mood symptoms often go hand in hand with low thyroid function.
It’s very common to see low thyroid hormones in client tests, even when your doctor may have told you that your thyroid is okay.
Unfortunately, doctors often look at a hormone called TSH, but this is inadequate. In Hompes Method, we look at TSH, but also add in markers called free T4 and free T3, plus another marker called TPO.
We feel it’s impossible to accurately assess your thyroid function without a bare minimum of these four test markers, and we always put these results against your symptoms, your temperature and pulse measurements and other lab results to make sure we gain as much understanding as possible regarding you thyroid health.
Vitamin D levels can be tested in the same little finger-prick blood sample as your thyroid hormones.
Vitamin D levels are strongly associated with mood and are related to feeling low during the winter months (so-called “SAD” syndrome). Your body makes vitamin D from sunlight exposure, so in the winter months you’re not likely to make as much of this important nutrient.
If you’re not getting adequate vitamin D from your food, either because you’re not eating vitamin D-rich foods, or your digestive system is compromised and unable to absorb vitamin D effectively.
Your adrenal glands sit atop each kidney. They primarily help your body adapt to stress, and their hormones can affect energy production in a significant way.
Unfortunately, doctors rarely consider adrenal function, which is odd because you can’t have a thyroid problem without the adrenals being affected, and vice-versa.
Excessive cortisol levels can cause anxiety, whereas low cortisol is more likely to result in low moods (though people can also feel anxious when cortisol is low, as well as high).
To assess your adrenal hormones, we run a simple saliva test to look at your cortisol and DHEA levels.
Progesterone, testosterone and oestrogen are important “mood” hormones in both men and women.
These hormones can be assessed in the same saliva test as we use for the adrenal hormones, above.
Progesterone is calming and relaxing, yet promotes energy production in your body. Anxiety may result from low progesterone levels.
Oestrogen helps a woman’s femininity shine through and is also important in helping maintain optimal mood and memory.
Low testosterone in both men and women can result in low confidence and sex drive, where elevated testosterone may cause irritable moods and aggressive behavior, amongst other symptoms.
Oestrogen, however, can be toxic when it’s present in high amounts, and may suppress thyroid function and cellular energy production.
Book Your Hompes Method Health Assessment & Initial Consultation
If you’re just not feeling yourself, I have absolute certainty we can help. Because so many different factors can affect your mood, I recommend you complete the Hompes Method Initial Assessment and schedule an initial consultation with me, or one of my master practitioners.
We will create a bespoke package for you and hold your hand through the process of:
- Optimizing your Nutrition and Lifestyle.
- Running the right lab tests to determine why your moods are out of balance (what bad stuff is in your body, and what good stuff is missing?).
- Designing specific, individualized supplement protocols to address the lab findings.
- Supporting you with weekly one-to-one consultations for the initial 90-days of your programme.
To get started right away, click here and instantly download your Hompes Method Initial Assessment Pack.