For many this time of year can be a drain on emotions and actually trigger depression. Monday, during our 1000th rain storm in 5 months, I felt a little blue. Although I have never suffered from depression for longer than a couple days at the most, the feeling is dreaded and scary. I feel fortunate that I do not suffer long term depression, but many of us do. There are natural remedies that work wonders and I am always trying to find a better alternative than chemicals to cure ailments.
Below I will list some great ways to jump start a better mood and these will hopefully give you some natural support during some rough times ahead.
Inositol, Vitamin B8: On Monday, I got a bit scared of my depressed feeling and I immediately reached for this wonder supplement. Within 30 minutes of taking it, I felt normal. Is it a placebo effect or could it actually be real? If you ask me, I believe it is real.
According to actual research and trials, Inositol is a very promising treatment for depression and panic disorder. It is promising for bipolar disorder, anxiety, obsession, compulsion, eating disorders, hostility, sadness, tension and fatigue. AND It is quite safe.
Food Products that contain Vitamin b8 or inositol include: Meat, poultry, fish, egg yolks, nuts, lima beans, raisins, cantaloupe, citrus fruits but not lemons, cabbage, legumes, whole grains, unrefined molasses, brewer’s yeast and wheat germ.
There is plenty of information about the wonder supplement B8 out there, do a search online and discover the world of Inositol!
On Mental Health America I also discovered:
Natural Products as Psychotherapeutic Agents.”21 The authors used meta-analyses to find persuasive evidence supporting use of: · St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum) for mild to moderate depression, · ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba) for mild cognitive impairment/dementia, · kava (Piper methysticum) for anxiety and stress (which Fugh-Berman and others now caution against, in light of more recent information about liver toxicity – CAUTION ADVISED), · valerian (Valeriana officinalis) for sleep disorders, · S-Adenosyl-L-Methionine (SAM-e) for depression, · folate and tryptophan to enhance the effectiveness of conventional antidepressants, and · omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids for mood stabilization.
Some activities that help alleviate depression and sadness include:
Connect with Others. People who feel connected are happier and healthier--and may even live longer. 2) Stay Positive. People who regularly focus on the positive in their lives are less upset by painful memories. 3) Get Physically Active. Exercise can help relieve insomnia and reduce depression. 4) Help Others. People who consistently help others experience less depression, greater calm and fewer pains. 5) Get Enough Sleep. Not getting enough rest increases risks of weight gain, accidents, reduced memory and heart problems. 6) Create Joy and Satisfaction. Positive emotions can boost your ability to bounce back from stress. 7) Eat Well. Eating healthy food and regular meals can increase your energy, lower the risk of developing certain diseases and influence your mood. 8) Take Care of Your Spirit. People who have strong spiritual lives may be healthier and live longer. Spirituality seems to cut the stress that can contribute to disease. 9) Deal Better with Hard Times. People who can tackle problems or get support in a tough situation tend to feel less depressed. 10) Get Professional Help if You Need It. More than 80 percent of people who are treated for depression improve.
These supplements seem to be great for neuro support:
CDP choline as a possible neuroprotectant
Folate as a possible neuroprotectant
Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba) as a possible neuroprotectant
Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (fish oil) as a possible neuroprotectant
Rhodiola (Rhodiola rosea) as a possible neuroprotectant
S-Adenosyl-L-Methionine (SAM-e) as a possible neuroprotectant
And as usual, pick your poisons. Always use fresh, natural, chemical free skincare when you can, your skin is your largest organ and whatever you put on it goes into your bloodstream.