By Steven Peters – Clinical depression is nothing more than an imbalance in the neurotransmitters in our brain that signal certain thought processes, emotions, pain and other sensory perceptions which can bring on debilitating feelings that most often feel like the end of the world is upon us. Don’t fret, there are ways that you can naturally treat yourself out of that depression and get your life back.
I’m going to share with you 7 secrets to naturally combat depression, without any harsh chemicals or prescription drugs.
Constant negative thoughts literally take a toll on our brain’s’ neurotransmitters like Serotonin by decreasing it, which affects mood, as well as physical feelings throughout our bodies such as headaches, joint pain, insomnia, nausea, loss of appetite numbness in your arms and legs. Our thoughts are so powerful, that they do in fact create bodily reactions. Just think about when you see a sad movie, you cry. Your thoughts are what triggers tears, which are produced by that sad thought. So when your brain chemicals are out of balance, unusual or negative thought processes occur making us feel depressed or have anxiety, and have physical reactions.
Thoughts, whether conscious or not, are literally what creates every outcome that we feel within our body; thought is the most powerful thing that we can control, and by controlling it, we can control how we feel. But we must first get our brain chemicals in balance.
When we have a thought of fear, or something fearful happens to us, our fight or flight response takes over and responds accordingly. However, when we have fearful thoughts and our brain chemicals are out of balance, it creates thoughts that usually wouldn’t happen otherwise if those brain chemicals were in balance and in a state of homeostasis. It’s a very common scenario. But the secret to overcoming depression or any other psychiatric/mood imbalance, is to do things that realign those brain chemicals to bring them back to normal state which have helped countless people who have tried this natural method.
You could see a psychiatrist and he could prescribe you synthetic medications, that will indeed help, but will also impart unintended side effects, which can sometimes be worse than what you’re being treated for. I recommend not going this route until you’ve tried the natural route instead.
You want to naturally ‘increase’ serotonin in your brain and bring it back into a level that alleviates your depression, which can be done naturally. How do you know your serotonin is back in balance? It’s how you feel, and what you think about. If you start feeling good and are having positive thoughts on a daily basis, you are slowly beginning to increase serotonin in your brain, and in your body (serotonin is also found in large supplies within your stomach). It’s no wonder when you think about something fearful, your stomach get butterflies, or you become nauseous. There is a direct correlation between your gut and your brain; when your brain/mind is balanced, so is your body.
So here are the 7 secrets to naturally combat depression:
1. Take a natural supplement called 5-HTP. It’s a substance that you can find in any drugstore, or online, or in the herbal section of most stores. This is a natural product that helps boost serotonin in your brain. You may not feel anything working right away, but keep taking them until you notice a difference in how you feel.
2. Get at least 20 mins of exercise everyday. This too will increase your levels of serotonin, plus you’ll feel great because of endorphins (the feel good hormones) that are released. I can’t emphasize this enough.
3. Eat foods that are a precursor to serotonin, that being tryptophan. Turkey is a food high in tryptophan, which is a precursor to serotonin. Some of the other major foods rich in tryptophan are milk, yogurt, eggs, meat, nuts, beans, fish, and cheese. Cheddar, Gruyere, and Swiss cheese are particularly rich in tryptophan.
4. Take L-Theanine supplement, which is an amino acid, only found in green tea, that helps relieve depression and anxiety and calms your nerves down, and helps you focus as well. It also helps you sleep better.
5. If you’re having issues sleeping, try a low dose of natural melatonin. Having depression or anxiety affects the amount of sleep we get, and we need at least 7-8 hours of sleep each night. Melatonin is a natural sleep-inducing supplement which will help you sleep and will help set your circadian rhythm, which is the inner clock of our bodies that cycle sleep and awake states.
6. Get at least 20 minutes of sunshine a day. This is a huge factor in building not only serotonin in your body, but getting enough vitamin D as well, which when there isn’t sufficient store of it in our body, many negative symptoms can occur, one being cancer.
7. Lastly, get out of the house and do things that you use to enjoy; meet up with friends, go out for coffee or tea, go to a park or the beach and be a kid again. Feelings of isolation is associated with depression, so the more you surround yourself with things that you enjoy, even if that means dragging yourself off the couch or out of bed to go to the mall or park, it will help boost those ‘feel good’ chemicals in your brain and body.
These simple 7 steps should help you tremendously combat your depression.
If you have depression and would like to share your story, feel free to comment below. We welcome your input!