Depression

Depression ~ Ailments & Remedies

The most powerful home remedies for depression begin with eating the right foods.

Some will help tremendously, while others will definitely make this condition worse.

Know that this is not just a negative state of mind.

It’s recognized as a valid medical disorder, and there is a huge pharmaceutical segment that is catering to the needs of those who pop anti-depressants like candy.

However, the truth is that those diagnosed with this ailment needn’t resort to just these conventional remedies that have some rather adverse side effects.

There are other options that seem to have worked out pretty well for some people, and these are worth a look as well.

However, it must be noted that these options should be considered only after consulting your doctor.

There are other ways to treat depression, and although these are not very well known, they are pretty effective.

Here’s a list of the top eight ways in which this malady can be treated by using unconventional methods:

Folic Acid – Typically given to pregnant women to prevent neural tube disorders, folic acid has also been known to help people suffering from depression as it has been found that depression can also arise due to a folic acid deficiency.

Folic acid, which is usually available as tablets or capsules, is not exactly a standalone treatment, but can be combined with Prozac to yield better results.

Studies have shown that those who have been given folic acid along with Prozac tend to respond better to the treatment than those who have just been given the placebo.

Folic acid is also available in the natural form, especially in fruits and leafy vegetables.

Inositol - Inositol is an organic compound that aids neurotransmitters and generally promotes a feeling of well being.

Normally, we consume just around a gram of inositol a day from varied sources, but if we were to take around 12 g., it would show a drastic change in our mood.

However, the efficacy of inositol in this regard has yet to be proved since adequate studies in this matter have not been conducted.

What is known is that an inositol deficiency can be prevalent in those suffering from this ailment.

Since various studies are yet to be conducted on this substance, it’s not a good idea to use inositol as the only supplement.

Omega-3 - Studies conducted on people suffering from depression have shown that an Omega-3 fatty acid deficiency can trigger this condition.

Countries where people consume plenty of fish are known to have very low incidences of this ailment.

However, researchers have not yet been able to identify if adequate consumption of Omega-3 can totally eliminate the malady.

In some of the research studies, Omega-3 fatty acids were added to antidepressant medicines and mood stabilizers, and the results were positive.

Even if the evidence is inconclusive, there’s no harm in making Omega-3 a part of your diet because it is crucial for good health.

Omega-3 can be found in fatty fish, walnuts, and flaxseed, among many other naturally occurring sources.

You can also consume it as a supplement.

Saffron - This little known exotic spice could help you, but again, there isn’t enough conclusive evidence to prove this.

However, in some studies, it's been seen that a 30 mg. dose of saffron taken per day, can help treat mild to moderate cases.

In fact, some of the studies indicate that the antidepressant effect of saffron could well be compared to that of Prozac.

Saffron supplements, however, are not easily available, and the actual spice is also expensive.

St. John’s Wort – As an alternative remedy, St. John’s Wort is one of the most well-known anti-depressants out there.

St. John’s Wort is a yellow flowered plant and is available as a capsule, extract, or even a tea.

There have been numerous studies conducted on St. John’s Wort and its effects.

In some cases, it has been known to be more effective than Prozac and Celexa as well.

However, it is usually recommended for only mild cases, and not severe cases.

St. John’s Wort does not have many side effects, but there are chances of it clashing with other allopathic drugs, and so, it’s best to consult a doctor before taking it.

Tryptophan - Tryptophan is an amino acid that can be found over the counter as a capsule called L-Tryptophan and 5- HTP, but it is usually found in turkey meat as well.

Although many studies have been conducted regarding the connection between low levels of tryptophan and increased depression, they are not very conclusive.

There are some issues with the side effects of Tryptophan too, so it's always best to consult your doctor before opting for these supplements.

Tryptophan is best used for treating milder cases, especially for those patients who do not want to try conventional antidepressants.

SAM-e – SAM-e is short for S-adenosyl-L-methionine and is a chemical found in our body.

This chemical is known to increase the levels of neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine.

Most health stores stock it as an over the counter supplement, and you can also get it online.

There are very few side effects associated with this substance, some of which include nausea and constipation.

Magnesium – Depressed people are known to have a deficiency of magnesium, and including this in their diet could help in reducing the ailment to a certain extent.

Natural sources of magnesium include legumes, nuts, green vegetables, and whole grains.

Magnesium helps in the production of serotonin, which is known to be a natural stress buster.

Alternative treatments have not yet fully taken off as expected, but it’s advisable to try these methods only after consulting your doctor.

Remedies That Get Powerful Results

The most powerful home remedies for this ailment begin with eating the right foods.

You simply cannot expect to live off junk and garbage and feel good, it’s literally impossible!

Refined and processed foods contain empty calories, which basically means they contain nothing of value for your body (no nutrients).

We've long stated that if you do not eat well, you will not be well.

So as you continue to eat these foods with empty calories, your body actually craves more food because it’s not getting the nutrients it needs and so the eating merry-go-round continues.

This causes problems such as low blood sugar levels, low thyroid function and low adrenal gland function.

And every one of these problems is a major cause of depression!

So, in addition to taking supplements that contain the full spectrum of nutrients your body must have every day, you also want to treat and cure your depression by avoiding certain “bad” foods and eating more of certain “good” foods.

Foods to Avoid

Refined and processed foods: These are the main culprits that cause depression.

First off, all sugars must be cut out from the diet (and this definitely includes all soda drinks!).

The problem with sugar is it severely depletes the body of L-tryptophan, and even if you are receiving enough from your diet, sugar stops it from being able to do its job.

As you'll remember reading above, tryptophan is one of the best “anti-depression” nutrients there is.

So low tryptophan equates to high levels of depression!

In addition to this, sugar also messes up adrenal function and causes a spike in insulin levels, both of which sufferers don’t want or need.

Then we have processed foods (which of course includes all junk foods).

These man-made disaster foods contain nothing but empty calories, along with all sorts of artificial additives, chemicals and toxins.

Staying completely clear of them all the time is not easy but you must make it a priority.

You will not believe the huge difference it will make to your moods and your energy levels!

Tap water: From this day forward, vow to never drink water straight from the tap again.

Tap water contains fluoride.

This heavy metal may be good for teeth, but it also causes cancer and depression like nothing else!

The problem with fluoride is it wreaks havoc on the thyroid gland, which then leads to mood problems and depression. (It’s interesting that nearly all anti-depressant drugs, including Prozac, are fluoride products).

So, only drink clean, filtered water from today on (bottled water is still a good alternative).

A water purifier may not be cheap, but you'll be thanking yourself in a few months time when you notice a big difference in how you’re feeling.

Excitotoxins Including Artificial Sweeteners and MSG: Excitotoxins are shocking foods that should not be allowed in our food supply.

Unfortunately they are, so all we can do is try to avoid them as much as we can.

The problem is artificial sweeteners and MSG are in so many foods today, so you really need to get good at reading labels and asking what is in the foods you are eating before you eat it! (Especially if you are dining out, etc).

Excitotoxins upset neurotransmitters in the brain, basically causing them to go totally out of whack.

This can have a major impact on moods and sleeping patterns.

Caffeine and Alcohol: Although caffeine and alcohol relaxes and boosts energy, once they wear off they severely dampen our mood, which only worsens problems such as anxiety, depression, mood swings and insomnia.

So both of these practices are best kept to a minimum.

Foods to Eat

Probiotic Rich Foods: The link between a lack of good bacteria in the body and the occurrence of mood problems such as depression and anxiety is slowly gathering pace.

Psychologists still think this one is a load of baloney but we strongly suggest you consider it.

There's now some solid research which suggests that probiotics can help tremendously with depression because of what's known as the "gut-brain axis".

This means that the stomach and the brain are inextricably linked, and scientists are just now starting to realize this.

So basically, you fix your intestinal problems and you fix your mood problems!

And the best way to repair your gut and get it healthy is with the daily consumption of probiotics (good bacteria).

We recommend you find yourself a good quality probiotic supplement to take every day and start fermenting your own foods (sauerkraut, kefir, etc).

This practice is not hard to do and it will pay you big dividends health wise.

Omega-3 fatty acids: Omega-3’s are absolutely essential for normal brain functioning.

Plenty of studies have linked low levels of omega-3 fatty acids with depression.

In fact, in Japan and Taiwan, where they regularly eat cold water fatty fish, the rate of depression is 10 times lower than that of the United States.

Postpartum depression is also far less common.

So to boost your omega-3 intake you must supplement (with either fish oil or krill oil) and try to eat fish such as herring, salmon, mackerel and sardines at least 3 times a week.

Just remember, with fish oil capsules you will need to take at least 10-12 of the 1000mg capsules per day with food for maximum benefit.

Anything less just won’t have the desired effect.

Turmeric: Turmeric is one of the most potent home remedies for depression you'll find.

It contains a substance known as curcumin, which is one of the strongest antioxidants and anti-inflammatories ever discovered.

Because depression is basically a “brain inflammation” type disorder, sufferers benefit greatly from the anti-inflammatory components contained in turmeric.

The other benefit is of course the antioxidants, which help to remove dangerous chemicals and heavy metals from the brain.

Turmeric should be used in your cooking as much as possible (you literally cannot have too much of this amazing food!).

You can also add it to a smoothy every day or take turmeric supplements.

Aim for 2-3 teaspoons per day.

Green Tea: Green tea also contains some very potent antioxidants known as catechins or EGCG’s.

These antioxidants are 1000 times stronger at scavenging free radicals than vitamin-C.

Depression sufferers need plenty of antioxidants, so this makes green tea another powerful addition to your “home remedies for depression” arsenal!

You need to try and drink 4-6 (strong) cups of green tea a day.

Buy the blended varieties if you can’t handle the taste or add some whey powder (not processed milk) to your brew instead.

Fruits, Vegetables, Nuts and Gluten Free Grains: Yes we know, these aren’t the most exciting foods in the world to eat, especially if you’ve been living off a junk food diet for a while.

But certain fruits, vegetables, nuts and grains are all very powerful natural remedies for depression because they contain high amounts of the anti-depression nutrients L-tyrosine and L-tryptophan, along with high levels of antioxidants.

Here’s a list of some of the fruits, vegetables, nuts and grains you need to be eating plenty of... alfalfa, asparagus, avocado, apples, almonds, broccoli, beetroot, bananas, carrots, cherries, natural cheese, cottage cheese, chicken, natural chocolate, cucumbers, eggs, fennel, fish, figs, hazelnuts, hummus, lettuce, lentils, leeks, milk (only if it’s straight from a cow), organic or MSA grade beef, peanuts, parsley, pumpkin seeds, rice, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, strawberries, spinach, sweet potato, watermelon, watercress, natural yogurt.

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