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10 Natural Remedies to Beat Depression

The “Archives of General Psychiatry” released a report stating that DEPRESSION is a major condition faced by all ages. A common treatment is to take anti-depressants to help a sufferer function through daily life. Unfortunately, these pills have numerous documented side effects thus leading to more problems. With these facts, more people now resort to treat […]

10 Natural Remedies to Beat Depression

The “Archives of General Psychiatry” released a report stating that DEPRESSION is a major condition faced by all ages. A common treatment is to take anti-depressants to help a sufferer function through daily life. Unfortunately, these pills have numerous documented side effects thus leading to more problems. With these facts, more people now resort to treat depression through alternative means.

Here are some natural remedies to fight Depression;

Two recent studies have linked anti depressants in pregnant women to autism  and increase child’s diabetes risk (J Autism Dev Disorder, 2014;dii:10.1007/s10803-014-2128-4 and http://fhs.mcmaster.ca/main/news/news_2014/antidepressants_during_pregnancy_study.html).

 1. Exercise

Physical activity can improve a person’s mood and well-being. A mere brisk walk around the park or in the place where you live can bring great benefits to your mental development and improve your health as well. When you exercise, your body produces endorphins and norephinephrine, the “feel good” hormones.

 2. Organize yourself

Take charge of your life. Schedule your daily activities to keep you busy. Set a schedule to exercise, work, going out with friends and the like. This will make you see that you are in control of your life and surroundings.

 3. Eat Healthy

Say NO to junk food, empty carbohydrates, saturated fats and refined sugars!
Say YES to whole grain, vegetables, omega 3 fatty acids and fruits – nature’s candy!

Studies show that eating healthy, clean food maintains your body’s good mental health while eating junk food, too much sugars and carbohydrates makes you feel sluggish and lazy, which might eventually bring you on the edge of depression.

You might also want to consider foods rich in Vitamin C, B Vitamins and Magnesium.
Studies have shown that Vitamin C is an important factor in our body’s synthesizing norepinephrine, a chemical that influences our mood. Since our body cannot store Vitamin C, you really should load up on fruits and vegetables that are rich with this vitamin.

B Vitamins are important because they help our body develop chemicals (neurotransmitters) that aid in keeping our mood happy and transmit messages to our brain. B vitamin deficiency (especially folic acid, B12 and B6) may limit our body’ s production of the neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine which may lead to mood swings or worse, depression.

A study from George Eby Research Institute reported that patients who were suffering from depression were given 125-300mg magnesium during mealtimes or bedtime recovered from their depression in a week. If so,  incorporate food rich in magnesium in your diet like nuts, beans, legumes and vegetables.

 4. Try Natural Medecine

Patients swear on acupuncture’s effectivity against pharmaceuticals. According to research published in the ”American Psychological Society “ journal, patients with depression felt better after treated with acupuncture. The tiny needle pricks done on the skin destroys the back-up energy levels of the body thus, aligning the body’s energy and prevents depression.

Kinesiology is also an efficient way to beat off stress created by accumulated negative emotions. Your kinesiologist will help you assess the stress that prevent an even energy flowing through your body, identify the emotions and causes  of those stresses and cleared them off the body. In a few sessions, the results can be quite amazing (Interview onlinehealthmag.com)

 5.  Take a well-deserved break

Maybe this is just what you need. Take some downtime from work and the stresses of your everyday grind. If you haven’t had a vacation in years, it’s a great time to plan and have one. Try to do activities that you’ve been wanting to try for a long time. Learn new things. Do something interesting and exciting. The adrenalin rush of excitement is a great help to ward off depression
If you can’t be away for long, do a staycation. Put your feet up and relax, have a bubble bath or go to the spa. Make it a fun activity with friends!

 6.  Take Ginkgo Biloba and St John’s Wort

These two herbs has been used for numerous ailments for hundreds of years.  Ginkgo Biloba help increase serotonin levels in the brain therefore preventing depression.  St John’s Wort has proved very effective as a sleep aid and to decrease anxiety.  It has been used as a natural anti-depressant since the time of the Ancient Greeks.   Caution must be used when using this herb as, in large doses, it may cause dizziness, headaches and upset stomach.

 7. Have a set Sleep Pattern

Get enough sleep. Stress sometimes starts with lack of sleep. Unclear thinking and wrong decisions are most often than not the result of impulse planning due to lack of sleep. If you have trouble sleeping, devise a plan to help you slide yourself into a sweet slumber. Take a warm bath, clear your mind just before you slip into your bed. Go to bed at the same time everyday to create a pattern. In time, your body will follow this pattern to give you a good night’s rest.

 8. Talk to yourself or Talk to a Therapist

Try to talk to yourself about your depression. Talk yourself out of it. A therapist can also guide you on how you can talk yourself out of a slump. Don’t be afraid or shy to seek help. The earlier you try to help yourself, the easier and faster your “slump” will be over.

 9. Meditation and Guided Imagery

A study made by neuroscientists discovered that meditation changes the regions in our brains that deal with emotion. It transfers activity from the stress prone right frontal cortex to the calmer left frontal cortex.
Focusing your attention on one object (guided imagery) is also very effective as a stress reliever. Visualize yourself in a relaxed state. The mind and body are connected.
Your mind imagines and your body responds. This is important to keep you in a calm state. Try doing this for 15 minutes daily to help release tension and prevent depression.

 10.  Yoga

Practicing yoga 20 minutes a day will help you to be more focused and more centered in your emotions.  Studies show that people who regularly do yoga are less likely to be depressed.  This is  probably because yoga teaches you how to control your stress response systems.  It teaches you how to relax, be calm and to control your heart.  This makes a great improvement in mood swings giving you a relaxed mind and body

Whatever method you choose, always remember this.  Depression is a state you can clearly get out of.  Natural remedies like yoga, taking a break, exercising, can be done with friends or a support group.  Enjoy life!

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Vina Buenaflor

Written by Vina Buenaflor

Writes about nutrition, health and wellness. Currently on an Action Plan to place in a triathlon by 2016.


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