Natural Help for Depression
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Are you feeling down in the dumps today? You have a deep feeling of sadness and you really don't even feel like getting out of bed, let alone getting out of your pyjamas?
The chances are that you ARE suffering from depression.
The above sounds almost lighthearted which is not our intention, depression coupled with low self esteem and lack of self confidence is like falling into a big black hole that you have trouble getting out of.
What is Depression?
- Depression is a common mental health problem which seems to affect more women than men.
- It is a psychological state which can be triggered by physiological reasons, hormonal or lifestyle factors.
What is causing my Depression?
- Repressing of feelings
- Relationship problems
- Acting as a care giver for a long time
- Financial worries
- Lack of sleep
- Big life changes i.e. divorce, job loss
- Thyroid problems
- Vitamin deficiency especially the B Vitamins
- Emotional Stress
- Certain medications
- Unresolved conflicts
- Low blood sugar
- Lack of sunlight - SAD
A deep, deep sadness and a feeling of low esteem
Symptoms of Depression
- Mood shifts
- No motivation
- Lack of self-worth
- Low levels of energy
- No interest in anything
- A deep sadness
- Lack of self esteem
- Loss of appetite
- Morbid thoughts
In some people, depression can clear spontaneously after a few days, but in other cases it requires professional help and support.
Please see your Doctor or Health Care Provider if any of the above symptoms apply to you, and before you start any sort of self medication.
Now we are going to show you some "god-given stuff" to help in the most natural way possible.
What Foods should I be eating to help prevent Depression?
Vitamin B6 helps maintain a healthy nervous system, and a lack of this vitamin can cause depression, so add these foods liberally to your diet:
- Brewers yeast
Research shows that low levels of fatty acids may be a reason for depression, and this is the list of what you should be eating:
- Wild Salmon
People who exercise regularly will testify as to how frequent exercising can be an enormous mood enhancer.
So give it a bash, but remember to get checked out by your Doctor first and then start the process of getting into regular exercising slowly.
What Foods should I avoid to help with my Depression?
- Wheat products
- Processed foods
- All forms of sugar
- Foods high in unsaturated fats
- Diet Sodas containing artificial sweeteners
Herbs as Natural Help for Depression
St John's Wort is used for relieving hangovers, sinus congestion and chronic coughing as well as been a natural anti-depressant and a natural help for depression.
- It contains hyperforin and hypercin which it is believed will release neurotransmitters in the brain, one of them been serotonin, which as explained below is the one closely linked to moods.
Sage is useful for many ailments such as diarrhea, heartburn, flatulence, hot flashes and asthma, but it is also an excellent, and a very light natural anti-depressant.
- Add a few leaves daily to your salads, soups or whatever you are eating.
Licorice has anti-spasmodic properties, is used to treat low blood pressure, and is most useful as an expectorant in treating bronchial disorders.
- On the depression side, there is a school of thought that believes the physical cause of depression lies in the liver, so take yourself off to the health shop and get some licorice tea because research has shown that licorice not only helps the liver neutralize toxins it also contains a neurotransmitter called serotonin which is one of the neurotransmitters closely linked to moods.
- Low levels of serotonin can lead to depression, anxiety and sleep disorders.
- When the brain produces serotonin, tension is eased.
Do not use licorice if you have high blood pressure, liver, kidney or heart disease and if you are pregnant or nursing.
Ginger is used for easing colds and flu as well as the symptoms of bronchitis, and also for headaches.
- It contains caffeic acid, melatonin and quercetin which enhance the mood.
Chamomile can be used to help ease sore throats, colic and nausea and is good for insomnia.
- It will also help to lift the spirits because of the two antidepressant compounds it contains i.e. caffeic acid and quercetin.
Oregano will help relieve aching muscles, bruising, tonsillitis and anxiety.
- Because it also contains caffeic acid and quercetin it may also help with depression.
Minerals as a Natural help for Depression
Zinc is often found to be deficient in people suffering from depression (see zinc deficiency).
Calcium is needed for the proper function of the nervous system (see calcium deficiency).
Magnesium and calcium work together as a team so rather combine them (see magnesium deficiency).
This article was printed from JillsMusic.com
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