On occasion, even the happiest and healthiest among us have a down day when they feel depressed or anxious. Stress is typically the trigger, and stress is an inherent part of being human. How much stress we feel or how we cope with it varies with each individual.
In our modern world, statistics suggest that stressors are more abundant than ever; nearly 1 in 5 adults in the United States suffer from a mental health condition. Many times, we may assume that mental dysfunction is a byproduct of our stressful environment.
However, there is no conclusive cause of depression. And now we are learning that the widely held belief that depression is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain is just that: a belief. New research shows that serotonin levels have no link to depression.
Depression that lingers despite life circumstances isn’t uncommon. It can be difficult to treat as many factors could be causing or contributing to it: poor nutrition, poor sleeping habits, chemical imbalances in the brain, chronic stress, and physical inactivity all can lead to less-than-optimal brain health.
Now we are learning that there may be another causative factor that you may not have considered before: daily exposure to electromagnetic field (EMF) radiation emitted by Wi-Fi and our devices like smartphones, tablets, and laptops.
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