What is depression?
When you turn on your television to watch the evening news, what do you find?
Depressing news: the murder count, rapes, the troubling economy, politicians caught lying, extreme oppression and the list goes on.
No matter how you look at this, it’s all depressing. This information is internalized, leading to feeling bad. In fact, this negative way of perceiving the world can become a silent ‘mantra’ that obscures the reality of the world with a sort of ‘black cloud’ hovering over perceptions.
This type of thinking — whether you’re aware of it or not — can lead to depression. It’s easy to end up feeling down and out, lying awake worrying about your own state of affairs (and often the perceived sad state of the world,) making poor eating and harmful living choices.
Depression is more than just a bout of bad moods, it’s not a weakness and you can’t simply “get out” of it. Depression may require long-term treatment.
But you should not be discouraged. Most people get better with medication, psychotherapy, or both in order to treat depression.
Before long, the state of mind becomes even more depressed.
What are symptoms and causes of depression ?
- Sad mood
- Low sex drive
- Lack of appetite
- Disinterest in common activities
The causes of depression are varied and include:
- Unresolved emotional problems
- Neurotransmitter imbalance
- Hormonal imbalances
- Nutrition deficiencies
- Lack of sunlight
- Toxicity from metals or food allergies
How to treat Depression naturally?
FOODS TO EAT
Found in coconut, raw dairy and grass-fed meats, saturated fat supports cellular function and neurological health.
Clean, lean protein
Protein provides energy. Try to have at least 4 to 5 ounces at every meal of grass-fed beef, free-range poultry, pastured eggs and organic protein powder.
Omega-3s are critical to maintain a healthy brain.
A diet high in vegetables of all kinds increases your intake of vital nutrients that support mood.
Flax, chia, hemp and pumpkin seeds provide essential omega-3s for brain function and fiber. Put them in smoothies, sprinkle them on salads or use flax oil as salad dressing.
FOODS TO AVOID
A common food allergy that can make depression worse; therefore, it
is best to eliminate it from your diet.
These fats can cause inflammation and cause hormone imbalance. Avoid hydrogenated oils, such as canola, soybean, cottonseed and vegetable oils, and even some “natural” oils, such as safflower and sunflower, which can be partially hydrogenated.
Although it may seem like coffee will boost energy, it is a poor resource for fueling energy reservoirs. Although a stimulant, caffeine can actually leave you irritable and exhausted a few hours later.
A depressant that can make depression worse. Alcohol is not an appropriate outlet for dealing with emotional problems.
Can cause surges and crashes in your energy level; therefore, it is best to avoid it completely.
How to treat depression with remedies?
5 Best remedies for depression
Fish oil (1,000 mg, daily)
Omega-3 fats are critical for neurotransmitter function, a critical component for
emotional and physiological brain balance.
Vitamin D3 (5,000 IU, daily)
Vitamin D can help improve seasonal effective disorder, which can manifest as
depression, especially in people who don’t get regular sunlight.
Adaptogen herbs (rhodiola and ashwagandha) (1,000 mg, two times daily)
Improves stress hormones and relaxes the nervous system.
B complex (50 mg, two times daily)
B vitamins are involved in neurotransmitter function.
St. John’s wort (300 to 500 mg, daily)
This herb can help improve mild to moderate depression