Natural cures for depression without anti-depressants

Sometimes things happen in life which make you feel in a depressed state, this is completely natural and can happen to anyone, this does not mean you are clinically depressed, it just means right now, at this moment in time you feel low, such as:

Death of a loved one, friend, or acquaintance, health crises, financial woes, divorce or break-up, losing a job, underemployment, moving, children leaving for college or positive transitions laden with deep meaning, such as new jobs, weddings, births

 

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Depression can effect anyone, no matter what age, gender or nationality. It’s a hard thing to describe unless you have suffered it yourself, it’s also a hard thing to understand. There have been many ways in the past of dealing with depression, a more popular one is being prescribed anti-depressant tablets.

I found this interesting article about them on Dr Mercola’s website:

The Anti-Depressant Illusion

If you are following the traditional paradigm you will most likely receive a prescription for antidepressants. Unfortunately, they simply don’t work any better than placebos, and there are many studies that clearly document this. It wouldn’t be so bad if antidepressants were harmless sugar pills.  As you likely know they aren’t and can actually cause many people to commit suicide and have a number of other side effects, like violent behavior.

For more information on this I STRONGLY encourage you to watch the video that will be in next week’s newsletter, it is a one hour video that extensively documents this phenomena.

Unfortunately, every year, 230 million prescriptions for antidepressants are filled, making them one of the most-prescribed drugs in the United States. Despite all of these prescription drugs being taken, more than one in 20 Americans are depressed, according to the most recent statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Of them, 80 percent say they have some level of functional impairment, and 27 percent say it is extremely difficult to do everyday tasks like work, getting things done at home or getting along with others because of their condition.

So why are so many people feeling so low, even though antidepressants — the supposed “cure” for depression — are so widely available?

Because antidepressants are barely effective — in fact, previous studies have clearly shown that there is very little difference between most all antidepressants and a placebo – and they often come with many serious side effects, such as:

An increased risk of diabetes 
A negative effect on your immune system
An increased risk of suicide and violent behavior 

One medical investigator from the UK has even said she’s “not convinced there is such a thing as a drug that will specifically relieve depression, and that so-called antidepressants are merely drugs that do other things, such as sedating or stimulating people.”

When you’re facing life’s “run-of-the-mill” ups and downs, remember that there’s nothing wrong with feeling blue now and again. That’s normal. In fact, accepting your feelings, whatever they may be, is one of the reasons why the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) works so well.

However, if you have been feeling down for two weeks or more, and have lost interest in activities you once enjoyed, I’d encourage you to consider the following treatment options for healing depression, and not use potentially dangerous drugs as your first option.

The Most Powerful “Drug” to Heal Depression

Physical activity and exercise is one of the most powerful anti-depressants there is. Numerous studies show that aerobic exercise can improve your mood and is an antidote for mild depression and anxiety.

Dr. James S. Gordon, a world-renowned expert in using mind-body medicine to heal depression, uses exercise extensively when treating depression.  

“What we’re finding in the research on physical exercise is that physical exercise is at least as good as antidepressants for helping people who are depressed. And that it’s even more important for older people,” Dr. Gordon says.

Physical exercise changes the level of serotonin in your brain. It changes, increases your levels of “feel good” hormones, the endorphins. And also, it can increase the number of cells in your brain, in the region of the brain called the hippocampus. 

These studies have been first done on animals, and it’s very important because sometimes in depression, there are fewer of those cells in the hippocampus, but you can actually change your brain with exercise. So it’s got to be part of everybody’s treatment, everybody’s plan.”

If you’re not sure how to use exercise like a drug, including the correct variety, intensity, and frequency, please review my Exercise page for more in-depth recommendations and guidelines on how to incorporate it into your life.

Please, don’t delay starting an exercise routine. Many Americans don’t get enough exercise, but this problem is easily remedied if you view exercise as a crucial part of getting healthier and happier.

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Other Key Factors to Overcoming Depression

Address your stress — Depression is a very serious condition, however it is not a “disease.” Rather, it’s a sign that your body and your life are out of balance.

This is so important to remember, because as soon as you start to view depression as an “illness,” you think you need to take a drug to fix it. In reality, all you need to do is return the balance to your life, and one of the key ways to doing this is addressing stress.

“Most of the research that I’ve been reading recently indicates that stress is the most important common factor in producing depression of all kinds and in turn affecting neurotransmitters.” Dr. Gordon says.

The article above mentions a couple of options that may work for you, such as meditation or yoga. Sometimes all you need to do is get outside for a walk. But in addition to that, I also recommend using a system that can help you address emotional issues that you may not even be consciously aware of. For this, my favorite is Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). However, if you have depression or serious stress, I believe it would be best to consult with a mental health professional who is also an EFT practitioner to guide you.

Eat a healthy diet — Another factor that cannot be overlooked is your diet. Foods have an immense impact on your mood and ability to cope and be happy, and eating whole foods as described in my nutrition plan will best support your mental health. Avoiding sugar and grains will help normalize your insulin and leptin levels, which is another powerful tool in addressing depression.

Support optimal brain functioning with essential fats — I also strongly recommend supplementing your diet with a high-quality, animal-based omega-3 fat, like krill oil. This may be the single most important nutrient to battle depression.

Get plenty of sunshine – Making sure you’re getting enough sunlight exposure to have healthy vitamin D levels is also a crucial factor in treating depression or keeping it at bay. One previous study found that people with the lowest levels of vitamin D were 11 times more prone to be depressed than those who had normal levels. Vitamin D deficiency is actually more the norm than the exception, and has previously been implicated in both psychiatric and neurological disorders.

These four primary things — exercising, addressing emotional stress, eating right, and getting regular sun exposure — will make you feel at the top of your game. Whether you want to overcome depression or just want to stay healthy, these are the lifestyle changes that will get you there.

 

Read the full article including natural ways to help with depression on Dr Mercola’s website.

So what else can you do? speaking to someone is wonderful if you can manage it, trained councillors or a really good friend who can listen to you, journal your thoughts as and when they come into your head,  St. John’s wort, passion-flower, valerian; or from other ancient traditional paradigms, such as Oriental medicinal herbs can be useful, make sure you get them from a reputable holistic place and as always check the ingredients. Practice mindfulness and meditation. This is an excellent one to heal your inner child. Excercise those feelings out, physical activity lowers your depression.

Also know you are not alone, many of us as some point go through this. One day you will feel different, one day you will feel healed, one day when you wake up, you will feel like waking up and doing something that will be interesting and will make you feel alive and happy.

 

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