top of page

The 7 Physical Root Causes of Mood Disorders

The word "mood disorder" causes us to jump to the conclusion that someone's mind needs support. Although that is true, I am here to tell you that there is more to mood disorders than just the mind.

There are actual physical root causes and dysfunctions that can happen in the body that cause our mind to function in a way that is then defined as a "mood disorder". When we only focus on the psychological aspects of our brain health, we end up missing out on a big piece of the puzzle that is preventing us from getting better.

Only working on your mindset is kind of like only getting 2 tires changed for winter on your car, when really you need to get all 4 tires changed to make sure that you are safe on the road. To feel your best as a whole, it's important for you to treat your whole self!

I remember when I was working to overcome my depression, I was going to therapy and doing all the mindset work, but I still wasn't feeling better. This was because I was missing out on a big piece of the puzzle which was my body! When I started to take care of my body by feeding it right, moving it and resting enough, all the mindset work started to work 10x better.

I wrote an entire e-book for you that covers the 7 physiological root causes and how they affect your brain in detail HERE, as well as signs that indicate which root cause is playing a role in your health! Understanding each root cause and addressing the ones that are showing up in your body is critical if you want to achieve great brain health long-term. Let's go through them briefly below.

Blood Sugar Dysregulation

Blood sugar dysregulation occurs when the body struggles to maintain stable blood glucose levels. Insulin, a hormone responsible for regulating blood sugar, plays a vital role not only in our physical health but also in our brain function. When insulin doesn’t work correctly, it can disrupt brain chemistry, particularly affecting dopamine, the neurotransmitter responsible for pleasure and motivation.


Inflammation is the body’s response to perceived threats, such as infections or injuries. However, chronic inflammation can lead to a host of health issues, including mood disorders. Inflammation can affect brain function by disrupting the production of dopamine and other neurotransmitters, leading to symptoms such as fatigue, brain fog, and a low mood.

Poor Gut Health

The gut-brain connection is a well-established link where the health of the gut significantly influences mental health. An imbalance in gut bacteria, known as dysbiosis, can lead to inflammation and affect the production of neurotransmitters like serotonin and GABA, which are crucial for mood regulation.

Poor Liver Health

The liver plays a crucial role in detoxifying the body, regulating hormones, and storing essential nutrients. Poor liver health can lead to a build-up of toxins and imbalances in hormone levels, both of which can affect mood and energy levels.

Nutrient Deficiencies

Nutrient deficiencies can severely impact brain function and mood. Key nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids, B vitamins, iron, zinc, and magnesium are essential for producing neurotransmitters and maintaining overall brain health.

Hormonal Imbalance

Hormones are vital regulators of mood and overall well-being. Imbalances in hormones such as estrogen, progesterone, thyroid hormones, and cortisol can lead to mood swings, anxiety, and depression.

Mitochondrial Dysfunction

Mitochondria are the powerhouses of our cells, responsible for producing energy. When mitochondrial function is compromised, it can lead to fatigue, brain fog, and other symptoms that affect mood.

For a detailed explanation of how each root cause affects your brain health and signs that indicate this specific root cause is impacting you, download the Mind-Body Connection: Uncovering Physical Root Causes of Mood Disorders e-book HERE.

We often think that it's our mind that is the problem, when really...our body is the one screaming out for support! Don't forget about it.


bottom of page