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All-Natural Depression Cures

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All-Natural Depression Cures

By Loren Chidoni, Women’s Health

Early spring grays giving you the blues? It’s no surprise. Lack of sunlight can cause a serious drop in your level of serotonin, a feel-good chemical that’s found in the brain. And without enough serotonin, our mood descends into darkness or, at the very least, an unpleasant crabbiness (you know, the bad temper we typically blame on the rain). Fortunately, you can outsmart wicked weather patterns with these mood-boosting tips as you await the arrival of sunnier days.

Light Up Your Life

If a Miami mini-break isn’t an option, seek out a light box. A strong one that emits at least 10,000 lux can have the same effect as basking in the early-morning sun—minus the cancer-causing UV rays. Place the light box on a table near you—you need only 30 minutes of exposure to increase your serotonin levels and leave you “more alert and energized, two factors that contribute to a good mood,” says Michael Terman, Ph.D., director of the Center for Light Treatment and Biological Rhythms at New York City’s Columbia University Medical Center. For more info—such as where to buy a light box—visit

Feeling sad, sluggish, or just plain stressed? The easiest way to fight depression.

Devour Chocolate Daily

It’s true: One small square a day can keep the blues away. Chocolate contains a pleasure-promoting, mood-regulating neuro-transmitter called phenylethylamine, which stimulates a rush of endorphins, the same compounds released during an orgasm. Studies show that cocoa has almost twice the amount of antioxidants as red wine, so it helps lower blood pressure and wards off wrinkles. When snacking, stick to dark chocolate that’s at least 70 percent cocoa; it’s healthier than the milk-infused variety.

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5:30AM PST on Nov 17, 2013

When will people stop using the word "depression" to mean everything from just the "blues" to very severe despair or angst with feelings of hopelessness, helplessness and even suicidal thoughts. Clearly there is a considerable difference, and not being aware of that can be very damaging.

Nowadays, almost everyone uses the word depression to express just having a bad day. Many people who do have no idea, whatsoever, what real depression is. Not only that, many people also take antidepressants just because they think they shouldn't feel normally sad or at all emotional.

We have a very screwed up society/world--but not all of them are depressed.

3:06AM PDT on Jul 9, 2013

Thank you :)

4:43AM PDT on Jun 24, 2013

Thank you :)

12:22PM PDT on Apr 29, 2012

I was able to get amazing help by going to Iboga House to cure my depression overnight. It is truly a miracle and I would research this amazing natural depression treatment called Iboga which you usually only need to take once or twice in order to rewire and reconnect your mind and body to your soul and true purpose.

3:24AM PST on Jan 31, 2012

with the fish (who only take in Omega 3 themselves from the algea we could eat too!!) you'll get a lot of toxins, and cleaning the oceans from fish has a serious downside in our climate. stick to greens and we will all be healthier!

sad to see that a smart site as Care2 falls into the Omega3/fish trap.... with a little reading on the subject udated information can be easliy optained.

7:26AM PDT on Sep 4, 2011

thanks :)

3:58AM PDT on Sep 1, 2011

Thank you very much for the information

3:13PM PDT on Aug 31, 2011


10:27PM PDT on Aug 26, 2011

you don't need fish to get the right amino acids. grains, legumes, vegetables, nuts, and seeds provide all the essential amino acids that you need.

11:50AM PDT on Aug 26, 2011

good advice

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