Natural Remedies For Depression

By Eric Spinner, CNC

Depression is one of the most common medical conditions in the United States, affecting over 17 million Americans each year. Depression is found in twice the amount of women as in men, and does not discriminate with the age of a person. There are different forms of depression, with varying symptoms, durations, and degrees of severity. Why some people become depressed and others do not, remains unclear, however, many factors are thought to contribute to this condition.

Poor diet, nutritional deficiencies, stress, tension, past trauma, and heredity, just to name a few. Whatever the cause is, depression begins in the part of the brain that controls our moods. The most common form of depression is called dysthymia, and is categorized by a low-grade, chronic state, and can result from simply thinking negative thoughts (unconsciously).

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD), is when someone becomes depressed when the days begin to get shorter and darker, and the skies are cloudier. The December holiday time can also be a reason for people to feel " the blues", and the suicide rate is reported to be at it’s highest during this time. There are some proven approaches, and nutrients that can help someone deal more effectively with this disorder.

I am big believer in the power of the mind-body connection and recommend meditation, deep breathing, yoga, and therapeutic bodywork like Shiatsu massage for relaxing and harmonizing the body. Of course a proper diet, consisting of whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, proteins from meats, fish and eggs, and a program of regular exercise are extremely important. Limiting refined sugars and flours and junk foods, and excessive caffeine and alcohol, would be beneficial.

Some very effective supplements are available at your local health food store to help deal with depression. Starting with the basics- a high potency multi vitamin, extra vitamin C and E, and calcium, magnesium, and zinc- and than adding 5-HTP, Tyrosine, St. John’s Wort and essential fatty acids can make such a dramatic difference in someone’s mood. There are also many homeopathic remedies available that can safely be taken to alleviate stress and tension, and elevate mood.

It is also important to keep in mind, that if someone is taking prescription medicines for depression, that they check with their doctor before starting any complimentary alternative medical approach. It is also very important to deal with a knowledgeable person when purchasing your supplements.

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Stay well! – Eric Spinner, C.N.C.        


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