Depression can strike anyone, anywhere, for any reason, and without explanation. Sometimes it goes away on its own, such as in a case of “the blues” around the holidays. Situational depression is caused by a sudden, unexpected life event — a job loss or the death of a spouse – and usually resolves when you move forward.
But long-term depression with no obvious direct cause and that doesn’t resolve may need help. Allopathic doctors quickly prescribe antidepressants without a second thought after a five-minute visit, but those come with side-effects, some of them major. Antidepressants don’t address underlying causes of depression.
One estimate puts the rate of depressed people over 18 in the U.S. at about 6.7 percent.
Natural solutions are readily available.
1. Sleep. Are you sleeping? If not, fatigue can exacerbate depression. Getting quality sleep will restore your physical self and help support your mental self. Try valerian root, melatonin, magnesium or l-tryptophan to improve your sleep.
2. Exercise. Do you exercise? Why not? Take a short walk in the sunshine, do some push-ups, lift weights (it can be light weights), or dust off that expensive exercise machine you bought in January. Regular exercise helps jump-start your serotonin and other brain chemicals, and works better than prescriptions. Remember: You’re not training for the Boston Marathon. Just get moving, however you can!
3. Reduce or eliminate sugar. Cleaning up your diet can go a long way to feeling better. Eliminating grains and sugar (particularly fructose), or at least keeping it under 25 grams a day, will help reduce hypoglycemia. This also will reduce secretion of glutamate high enough to cause agitation, depression and other symptoms that increase the risk of suicide.
4. Omega-3 fats. These fats are needed for good brain function. Fish oil capsules are ideal, since your brain is made up of 60 percent fat!
5. Magnesium. This mineral controls a number of processes in the body. Deficiency can cause symptoms like depression and hypertension. Stress, depression and other high-energy events can cause your magnesium levels to burn down faster and keep you awake, groggy and depressed. Twice-daily supplementation can help raise your levels to improve sleep and decrease depression.
6. 5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan). This amino acid is known to convert to serotonin, a neurotransmitter, and a “feel-good” brain chemical. Start with a small amount, 50 mg, and go up as needed.
7. Vitamin D. Most people are deficient in the “sunshine” vitamin, but it’s easy to reverse. A blood test at your doctor’s office will tell you how much you need to be taking to raise and sustain a proper level.
8. Vitamin B-12. Found only in animal-based food sources, a deficiency of B-12 can cause a host of ills, including depression, Alzheimer’s, dementia and sleep problems. Supplementation helps, particularly if you prefer a plant-based diet.
9. Eliminate yeast overgrowth. Excess mycotoxins secreted by long-term Candida albicans overgrowth can block serotonin as well as other hormones, leading to depression and other health issues. Sugar also feeds yeast overgrowth. A blood test in your doctor’s office can determine if you have Candida. Eliminating sugar and yeast overgrowth can help with depression.
There’s no reason to stay depressed when natural treatments can get you back on your way. If you’re feeling the blues, don’t just “live with it” or “manage” your depression. Get rid of it naturally and get back to your happy life.
What all-natural solutions do you use? Share your tips in the section below:
*This article is for informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or cure any particular health condition. Please consult with a qualified health professional first about this method.
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