Better mood, beat depression without prescriptions by using natural alternatives. Although many may feel that this is a morbid topic, this is one we think needs a lot of attention as it seems to be an ever-growing problem.
It is no surprise today that many people are dealing with depression or mood disorders. We believe the word depression is too prevalent and sometimes over prescribed, but that is just our perception.
Depression is real, and it is increasing!
Realistically though, depression is real, and it is increasing. Is it due to our lifestyle, a chemical imbalance, stress, job, family, financials? We are not sure as the list can be quite extensive. Regardless, the problem is there, and our medical industry has not been able to get a handle on it.
With the prevalence of ‘depression’ and the storm of drugs being prescribed like candy – we ask ourselves, why is depression not getting better and getting worse?
The reason is simple but paradoxical.
Firstly, it has been shown that prescription drugs that are supposed to help with depression cause depression and suicidal thoughts. If you don’t believe me, please read this study .
Now you may be saying, “Well, that is only one study!”
If you are not satisfied with this one, please do your due diligence and research the heck out of it. One article that we strongly suggest you take a look at is Mental health: 10 charts on the scale of the problem.
Secondly, we live in a world of affluence, where everything and anything we want, 24 hours a day are available to us – yet we are more miserable and unhappy than ever.
We are all interconnected, 24/7 with our internet and mobile phones, yet for some reason, there are more lonely people in this world than ever. There is an epidemic of disconnectedness amongst humanity, some feel it, and some of us are not conscious of it.
I can go on and on, but that would be equivalent to beating a dead horse, which we don’t condone! Yes, I agree an outdated and improper platitude, but that was the first thing that came to mind, so we will stick with it.
Without overdoing it, we would like to stop focussing on the apparent dilemma at hand and focus more on what you can do to help yourself and your loved ones.
Medications are not the way to go, for if they were, depression and suicide rates would not be increasing every year.
Let’s focus on the solutions.
Below are some natural options on what can be done to tackle the problem of depression that is afflicting our global population.
Please keep in mind that this is a reference list and that surely there is a multitude of other options. We have opted for these as they seem to have positive results. These may work for you or not, but that does not mean there isn’t a solution for you out there.
By writing about Beat Depression without Prescriptions using Natural Alternatives, we hope to achieve awareness. We want people to know that they are not alone and there are alternatives that work.
We hope this serves as an eye-opener.
Beat Depression without Prescriptions using These Natural Alternatives:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Referred to as “talk therapy,” CBT claim to fame is mindfulness. It enables the patient to connect the dots and link their behaviours, feelings and thoughts. This allows the individual to realize that they are not victims of their random thoughts, but that in fact, they respond to them in a programmed and unconscious manner.
This therapy will help you pinpoint the triggers and thoughts and teaches you how to stop, breathe and be rational instead of reacting on a whim.
Folate, Not Folic Acid & SAMe
Folate (B9) is a vitamin that occurs naturally in foods. Folic acid is often added to foods and is also available as a supplement (usually synthetic) . Insufficient folate can increase your risk of many health issues. Additionally, people with lower folate levels tend to exhibit symptoms of depression than those with normal levels.
It is always best to get your folate from foods like beans, fruits, and dark green vegetables. We always advocate getting your vitamins and minerals from whole foods, rather than supplements and synthetics.
SAMe(S-adenosylmethionine)is a natural endogenous compound found and produced in the human body and plays a role similar to folate. It has been found that low levels of SAMe are linked to symptoms of depression. Research has shown that taking oral SAMe supplements can treat severe symptoms of depression. Again, always consult your physician, but use your commons sense and judgment.
Light therapy involves regular exposure to artificial light in order to improve mood. This is usually used for people dealing with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), which is a depressive episode commonly found during the winter season due to lack of adequate sunlight.
Light therapy can also be used for non-seasonal sufferers of Major Depressive Disorders (MDD).
Receiving light therapy without taking an antidepressant was found to be more effective according to a study published JAMA .
Yoga is known for its many health benefits, including fighting depression. This gentle form of exercise is a great mood booster, and anyone can do yoga at their own pace. You can take classes or practice it at home; it is that versatile. Individuals with severe depression who participated in an eight-week yoga program experienced fewer depressive symptoms.
Diet & Lifestyle
In additions to all of the above, it would be wrong not to include diet and lifestyle. Healthy fats (nuts and fish) are important for brain health. Fermented foods, greens, dark chocolate, sweet potatoes, turkey, oysters and wild-caught Alaskan Salmon may also improve mood and treat depression.
Antidepressants may increase the risk of death and depression, which is extremely paradoxical, as mentioned above. The drug that is supposed to rid you of your affliction is adding to your problem and possibly causing you more harm than good – “Hmmm, food for thought!”
Please, do your research and think outside the box. Don’t swallow what anyone tells you and do what is right for you. There are many alternatives out there, and they all work, the question is which one works for you?
On behalf of all of us at Life Inspired by Nature, we wish you all health, happiness and longevity.
Please note that all opinions here are strictly opinions and for informational purposes only. They are not to be used as a replacement for medical opinions and should not be used as the only metric for diagnosing any medical condition.
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