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Loneliness and a nutrient deficit in a world of abundance

Studies are now showing that there has been a 50% rise in children on antidepressants in the last 7 years.

But antidepressants double the risk of suicide in these vulnerable children. Something HAS to change.


What a sad state of affairs. What is going on here? These children will grow up into very likely depressed adults with challenging relationships and so the cycle continues.

Only recently I met a woman in her late 80’s, still sad, fearful and depressed since her father’s suicide when she was a child. She hadn’t been able to recover.

It is so sad that this dear lady in her twilight years was still feeling like the child from decades earlier, alone, sad and hurt. We sat for a while, I let her talk while she drank sweet tea. She was a lonely lady. Her family rarely visited and she was in a home for the elderly. She felt too young to be there! She was an accomplished painter and her sense of purpose had diminished. I felt that the time we spent together was more nourishing than any vitamin pill.

I meet people, who are literally starving. Starving of love, of being heard, appreciated, noticed; children who are bullied at school, don’t fit in at university, feel alienated at work, are lonely in their relationships and so we have these very hurt and wounded people walking around with their invisible scars.

Emptiness is described as a human condition generalised by social alienation, boredom and apathy. Feelings of emptiness often accompany depression, loneliness and despair or other mental/emotional disorders.

Take heed though because emptiness can also come about from a life of self seeking and hedonism. Caring for others often fills the void of emptiness and is therapy in itself. Showing interest in others is one sure way of feeling more content and fulfilled.

Surely we can support those around us who feel lonely.

WHO (The World Health Organisation) describes health as ‘a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity‘.

It is possible that when becoming too wrapped up in our own lives we don’t even recognise the void in others. We become quite detached from people, our fellow beings.

Loneliness is a huge problem, but with a little care for others we can all do our bit. Take time to engage in conversation, show interest. You might just make someone’s day.

You may know of someone who perhaps needs support through times of sadness, anxiety and depression. They could be helped immensely with extra nutritional supplementation. It is vital for physical and emotional well being that you are supported nutritionally. Poor diet, poor absorption and stress deplete a person of nutrients that they really need through challenging times. Anyone suffering from depression really needs to ensure they have optimal levels of vitamins and minerals. So many illnesses, probably most, come about from nutrient deficiency. We have access to more food groups than ever before and yet there are so many nutrient deficient people. It may be causing the brain fog, the low mood, the aching muscles, low immunity etc.

Vitamin B, Holy Basil and Magnesium are all really supportive when suffering from emotional upset. Many studies show that those with anxiety and depression are often deficient in certain vitamins and minerals. Holy Basil is very much indicated in alleviating nervousness and emotional upset. Holy Basil is nourishing and may help a person feel more robust and stable. These suggestions are not exhaustive and there are many useful herbs and nutrients for emotional well-being.

Californian Poppy is lovely for children and adults alike, and may help with tummy pain, bad dreams and nervousness, anxiety and restlessness.

Depression can also often be caused by hypothyroidism. When the thyroid isn’t functioning properly you can feel very depressed and it seems that many women take antidepressants when in fact the root cause may be a thyroid issue. New in stock is our Viridian Thyroid Complex containing all the nutrients to support healthy thyroid function. Read more about the thyroid here.

For more nutritional support please contact us.


The fact is that people are good, Give people affection and security, and they will give affection and be secure in their feelings and their behavior. Abraham Maslow

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