A Nutritional Approach to Depression
By Dr. Lindsey, ND, CN
Founder and President of Genesis Today, Inc
Feeling blue? You are not alone. Depression is on the rise and is one of the most common adult psychiatric disorders that many people face today. Depression is an illness that affects your whole body, nervous system, moods, thoughts and behavior.
There are many different types of depression, and symptoms and severity can vary. Some common symptoms may include: chronic fatigue, loss of appetite, sleep disturbances (insomnia or excessive sleeping), headaches, digestive disturbances, restlessness, irritability, quickness to anger, loss of interest in hobbies, and feelings of hopelessness, worthlessness or inadequacy.
Common Causes of Depression
Depression can be brought on by a number of experiences from experiencing a death or loss, to unexpressed anger, inward aggression, negative emotional behavior, drug abuse, and biochemical imbalances brought on by amino acid and other nutrient deficiencies.
Other triggers of depression may include: tension, stress, fear, chemical imbalances in your brain, thyroid disorders, food allergies, nutritional deficiencies, sugar consumption, poor diet and lack of exercise.
Your modern lifestyle plays a key role in depression. Many of you are overly stressed, overworked, lacking exercise, amped up on stimulants, and consuming way too many processed foods that lack nutrients.
Prescription Drugs Are Not the Answer
If you are experiencing depression, the symptoms can seem overwhelming, but you don’t have to turn to anti-depression drugs like Prozac. Anti-depressives are an over-prescribed band-aid that has so multiple negative side effects. These drugs change your body’s chemistry, making you more at risk for panic attacks and other abnormal behavior.
What You Can Do
If you are experiencing depression, you need to treat the core of your symptoms with a healthy combination of nutrition and lifestyle changes. Every step of healing starts from the inside out.
Start With A Healthy Diet
The first step to tackling depression is to start eating healthy. This means including lots of fresh fruits and vegetables in your daily diet. Fruits and veggies are chock full of nutrients that support your mood, and overall health. When your body is starved of nutrients, your whole body chemistry is thrown off.
You’ll also want to include foods that contain lots of B-complex vitamins and omega-3 fatty acids. Both of these nutrients help reduce your stress levels. Omega-3s also help support healthy brain function.
You can also increase your consumption of foods that your body finds very calming such as: steamed vegetables, brown rice, mashed potatoes, yogurt and oatmeal. These comfort foods are also packed with the nutrients your body needs to battle depression.
Some Things to Avoid
Some foods and beverages are strong triggers for depression and you should avoid them at all costs. Try to stay away from alcohol, caffeine, sugar, processed foods and foods that contain artificial sweeteners, preservatives (including nitrate-preserved meats), as well as cola drinks and fried foods. All of these types of foods and beverages can wreak havoc on your system, leaving you more susceptible to depression.
Don’t Forget To Exercise
Exercise is extremely important when it comes to treating depression. Exercise increases oxygen to your brain and the rest of your body. Physical activity also helps your body relieve stress and remove toxins from your system.
Exercise gets the feel-good endorphins running through your body which elevates your mood naturally. You can also try relaxation exercises like yoga, which strengthens your body and calms your mind. Yoga is a great stress reliever and can also help provide spiritual guidance to help put your life into perspective.
Also don’t underestimate the power of spending time with friends and family or having a good laugh. Get involved in your community and volunteer. Social activities where you bond with other people boost your mood and your immune system.
Don’t let depression get the best of you. If you follow some of the guidelines I’ve touched on above, you can enjoy a happy, healthy, depression-free life.
By Dr. Lindsey, ND, CN
Founder and President of Genesis Today, Inc.
[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’]http://www.transferofhealth.com/images/contributors/dr-lindsey-duncan.jpg[/author_image] [author_info]Dr. Lindsey Duncan is the founder of Genesis Today Nutritional Products company. Genesis Today provides alternative health information and nutritional health supplements based on organic whole food supplement principles. His mission is spreading his passion for helping, healing and giving back. Dr. Lindsey often hosts free lectures, appears on major talk shows, news programs and in magazines and newspapers to share his knowledge of super foods, nutrition and health. “I simply want to share my discoveries and experiences with the world in an effort to enrich the daily lives of people everywhere, teaching them that they too can feel great every day! My passionate journey of health, healing and education is based upon the respect and belief in the synergy between ‘modern’ medicine, ‘ancient’ medicine and healing, nutrition, spirituality, and positive thought and perseverance. I live everyday so grateful that I am able to follow my one true passion in life and fulfill my destiny to help people get healthy.” ~ Dr. Lindsey[/author_info] [/author]