Defeat Depression Naturally

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With major depression leading the United States adults as the most common mental disorder, many people do not realized there are holistic and natural approaches to overcome it.  In 2012, an estimated 16 million adults aged 18 or older in the U.S. had at least one major depressive episode in the past year.  This represented 6.9 percent of all U.S. adults.

Depression is defined as having feelings of intense sadness — including feeling helpless, hopeless, and worthless that lasts for many days to weeks.  The depression can keep you from functioning normally.  According to the National Institute of Mental Health, people with depressive illnesses don’t all experience the same symptoms.  How severe they are, how frequent, and how long they last will vary depending on the individual and his or her particular illness.  Some common symptoms people with depression experience include:

  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering details, and making decisions
  • Fatigue and decreased energy
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, and/or helplessness
  • Feelings of hopelessness and/or pessimism
  • Insomnia, early morning wakefulness, or excessive sleeping
  • Irritability, restlessness
  • Loss of interest in activities or hobbies once pleasurable
  • Loss of pleasure in life
  • Overeating or appetite loss
  • Persistent aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems that do not ease even with treatment
  • Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” feelings
  • Thoughts of suicide or suicide attempts

Holistic Ways to Overcome Depression

1.  Positive Mindset – We need to change our inner feelings of “I can’t” to “I can” while understanding that in life we all have times when things are on a up-cycle (good times) and down-cycle (tougher times).  Once you consider this thought, you start to realize that if you are in a down-cycle of life – as each day passes you become closer to better days with an up-cycle.  So, no matter how bleak a situation appears now, your next wave of good fortune is right around the corner.

I encourage you to start surrounding yourself with positive affirmations, pictures and visions of joy, success and your end-goals.  By reinforcing positive emotions throughout the day you can actually start to change your biochemistry for success to overcome feelings of depression.  Barbara Fredrickson is a positive psychology researcher at the University of North Carolina and she found through her research, that when you are experiencing positive emotions like joy, contentment and love, you will start to see more possibilities in your life.  This outcome suggests that  positive emotions increase your sense of possibilities and open your mind up to more options.

2.  Eating Healthy Nutritious Meals – Eating a well-balanced diet rich with vitamins and minerals are essential.  I advocate eating locally-grown and organic vegetables and fruit.  I also advocate grass-fed animal proteins all to be washed down with the simplest of drinks – water.  There is no need for sugar-filled juice drinks and sodas, that according to research show the connection between these drinks and pancreatic cancer.  According to Dr. William Davis’s book Wheat Belly, we should eliminate all forms of wheat due to the modifications and hybridization of wheat over time and its toll on our bodies, from diabetes to neurological conditions.

When combating depression, it is recommended that one take the following supplements:

  • B vitamins.  Especially folic acid and vitamin B6.
  • St. John’s wort.  An herbal remedy for mood disorders.  However, it should not be taken with anti-retroviral medications, birth control pills, or antidepressant medications, especially SSRIs like Prozac or Celexa.
  • Fish oil.  Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil may be helpful in maintaining a healthy mind.
  • In addition, follow a well-balanced diet and include an antioxidant multi-vitamin/mineral supplement to ensure you are meeting your nutritional needs for all the essential nutrients.

In addition, I recommend a high quality intake of gut-friendly probiotics, multi-vitamins and Omega-3 supplementation and vitamins.   Our clinic offers nutritional testing, plans, quality supplements and vitamins.

3. Fitness – Plenty of research shows how exercise, no matter how little can help to excrete endorphins to promote happiness and pleasure.  Additional benefits with exercise include improved lean muscle, ranges of motion, flexibility, oxygen on a cellular level, hormonal balancing and bodily detoxification.  I recommend starting small with low-impact exercises under the supervision of a professional trainer or instructor.  Pilates is a great example and offered at our clinic.

4.  Get Adjusted – Making sure you body is functioning appropriately biomechanically is a strategy often neglected by most, but we have found in our clinic over the last 10 years, this can very well help with various levels of depression.  When you see a corrective-care Doctor of Chiropractor (like our office), we analyze the spine and provide specific treatments to improve the patient’s biomechanics.  Just like a mechanic will help extend the life of your car, proper Chiropractic care can help with pain-relief and improving the overall quality of life.

A research study showed the effectiveness of Chiropractic care with depression.  The Journal of Vertebral Subluxation research published a study that show that over 70% of the patients with depression who participated in this study showed a “marked improvement” with Chiropractic treatments of a upper cervical misalignment.

5.  Minimizing Your Toxins – We are surrounded with polluted air, toxic foods and chemical-filled house-hold cleaners.  I recommend you start small by replacing at least one toxic items with more natural products each week.  So for the first month you could start to change the food items in your fridge and pantry, the second month would have you change your house hold cleaners, the next month has you changing personal hygiene products.  Our office can help guide you on these steps.

Depression is not something to take lightly and by taking these steps along with the care and consultation with a qualified health care provider, you or a loved one can overcome this dreaded condition naturally.

 

Dr_Matthew_EisenWho is Dr. Matthew Eisen?

“Dr. Matt” as he is known to his patients, is in private practice, an author, nationally sought after speaker, visionary and health ambassador to the general public as he educates and empowers others about true health and well-being.  He runs a large multi-discplinary health clinic in Roswell, GA (just north of Atlanta) and has over 10 years of clinical experience.  You can reach him at drmattcares@gmail.com

Disclaimer: The entire contents of this email are based upon the opinions of this office, unless otherwise noted. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The information presented is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult your physician. The information here is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice.  © Copyright  Dr. Matthew Eisen.  All rights reserved.

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