The hidden cause of depression... and how to fix it

Depressed... YOU? It just doesn't seem possible!

You've never had a problem with depression before, and even now you can't think of a single reason to sing so much as a note of the blues.

Yet somehow, you just don't quite feel right.

You're glum... down the dumps... and, let's face it, outright depressed.

As we get older, depression becomes more common -- and the reasons for it aren't always obvious.

Now, one new study spots a possible cause of depression in older folks that's hiding in the smallest of spaces: your capillaries.

Those are better known as your small blood vessels, since they're the tiniest part of your circulatory system, but don't judge them by their size. They carry blood and oxygen to all your most critical areas -- including deep inside your brain, where it's needed most.

Your brain is only about 2 percent of your body in terms of weight, but it sucks up 25 percent of your blood with every beat of your heart, pulling out oxygen and nutrients.

But it's not getting those essentials if the capillaries aren't working right.

As a result, the new study finds capillary damage can increase the risk of depression by as much as 58 percent.

And that's not the only reason these small blood vessels are so important to your overall health.

Your capillaries also deliver blood and oxygen to your eyes, ears, and kidneys -- so this same damage can also lead to vision loss, hearing problems, and kidney disease.

In other words, don't be fooled by the word "small" in the name "small blood vessels."

They play a GIANT role in your health.

The key to capillary health starts with the basics.

First, keep your blood sugar under control. While high blood sugar is bad in ANY part of the body, your capillaries are especially sensitive to it, so they are more easily damaged.

Second, keep your blood pressure under control. When it gets too high, it can damage your capillaries.

And third, if you suspect you have -- or are at risk for -- blood vessel damage, boost your circulation with natural therapies such as ginkgo biloba and vinpocetine.

Of course, this is just one possible cause of depression. In other cases, especially in older folks, depression with no obvious cause could be a sign of a hormonal issue.

A holistic medical doctor can test you for these and other possible causes and help you find the best natural solution so you're back to feeling like yourself again.

If you're in the San Diego area, I can run those tests here at the Stengler Center for Integrative Medicine.

Not in the area? I'm also available for advice by phone. Call 855-DOC-MARK to schedule a consultation.

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