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15 Natural Options for Depression

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15 Natural Options for Depression

Everyone feels down at some point, usually as a reaction to difficult circumstances, but clinical depression goes far beyond that. In such cases a person experiences a prolonged sadness that is out of proportion with the apparent cause. The physical and psychological symptoms affect a person’s capacity to function normally in the world.

Depression is often accompanied by sleep disruption, fatigue, anxiety, mood swings, prolonged lapses of concentration, pain, apathy, decreased sex drive and suicidal thoughts.  Because these symptoms can be attributed to other diseases or conditions and are serious, it is always important to consult a medical doctor for a diagnosis.

Diet: Poor nutrition, in my opinion, is one of the greatest causes of depression, and one of the easiest and most overlooked solutions. My two decades of clinical experience tell me that depression cannot be managed for the long-term without addressing the diet.

7 Mood-Improving Foods

Poor diet is frequently linked to depression because food additives, chemicals, alcohol, sugar, and sugar substitutes can have severely negative effects on our mental and physical health.

Eating a healthful diet (not a low carb diet, in this case) helps the body balance hormone levels, including important brain hormones that help us feel good.  For example, complex carbohydrates from vegetables, legumes and whole grains help the brain manufacture serotonin, a “feel good” neurotransmitter that is needed to prevent and treat depression.

Keep reading to learn about the role of food sensitivities and blood sugar fluctuations…

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Michelle Schoffro Cook

Michelle Schoffro Cook, MSc, RNCP, ROHP, DNM, PhD is an international best-selling and 15-time book author and doctor of traditional natural medicine, whose works include: 60 Seconds to Slim, Weekend Wonder Detox, Healing Recipes, The Vitality Diet, Allergy-Proof, Arthritis-Proof, Total Body Detox, The Life Force Diet, The Ultimate pH Solution, The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan, and The Phytozyme Cure. Subscribe to her free e-magazine World's Healthiest News at WorldsHealthiestDiet.com to receive monthly health news, tips, recipes and more. Follow her on Twitter @mschoffrocook and Facebook.

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11:00PM PDT on Jul 30, 2013

Thanks for this article, I've had terrible reactions to prescribed antidepressants and I've been battling depression for years. I'm going to try these supplements. Thanks again

4:27AM PDT on Jun 8, 2013

Thank you :)

6:36AM PDT on May 22, 2013

Thanks

8:26PM PDT on Mar 23, 2013

Thanks for the info. For mild depression, Rescue Remedy works not only for people but for pets too!

8:08AM PST on Feb 28, 2013

We have legislation in Massachusetts USA to get coverage for Holistic and Naturopthic medicine coverage for people with depression and anxiety the natural cure/relief for this illness is GABATROL. The Holistic and Naturopathic medicine is the oldest medicine in the world and people want to bring it back to help people with an illness or chronic illness like cancer. Please help us and sign our petition at Healt Options - Holistic and Naturopathic medicine for Massachusetts USA

5:25AM PST on Jan 26, 2013

Thx.

11:00AM PST on Jan 3, 2013

Please discuss the amount of VItamin D suggested. According to the converter I used, 2 grams is the equivalent of 80 million IU, which is way beyond toxic.

8:22AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Interesting article and as others have mentioned when having signs of depression it is best to see a qualified doctor for a consultation. Usually talk therapy and some form of prescription is necessary when dealing about clinical depression. There are various types of depression, the milder forms are okay in some cases for St. Johns Wort, used widely in Europe. Often family doctors simply prescribe medication without talk therapy-a combination of both is the most beneficial in the case of clinical depression which is severe and needs medical assistance as it is difficult to treat by oneself.

Other combinations such as healthy eating, exercise( which is often difficult for those with clinical depression) but does help are also necessary. Am not really sure about the supplements as there so many out there and who really knows about them as they are not regulated too well.

3:28PM PDT on Jun 1, 2012

Can anyone tell me what´s 5 HTP???please?

2:44PM PDT on May 31, 2012

thanks

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