Depression can manifest with a variety of different symptoms including fatigue, sad mood, low sex drive, lack of appetite, feelings of helplessness and disinterest in common activities.
The causes are varied and include: stress, unresolved emotional problems, neurotransmitter imbalance, hormonal imbalances, alcohol, nutrition deficiencies, lack of sunlight, toxicity from metals and food allergies.
A government study that was then ran in the Washington post stated: “Antidepressants fail to cure the symptoms of major depression in half of all patients with the disease even if they receive the best possible care”.
Also, anti-depressant medications have serious side effects that can include suicidal thoughts, weight gain and personality changes. The good news is there are all natural remedies for depression that are effective and get to the root cause of the problem.
Top Foods for Anti Depression Diet
Saturated fats – Found in coconut, raw dairy, and grass-fed meats, saturated fat supports cellular function and neurological health.
Clean lean protein – Protein provides energy. Try to have at least 4-5 oz of high quality lean protein at every meal.
Wild-caught fish – Omega-3s are critical to maintain a healthy brain.
Vegetables – A diet high in vegetables of all kinds increases your intake of vital nutrients that support mood.
Seeds – Flax, chia, hemp, and pumpkin seeds provide essential omega-3s for brain function and fiber. Put them in smoothies, sprinkle them on salads or use flax oil as salad dressing.
Foods that Cause Depression
Wheat – Is a common food allergy that can make depression worse, therefore, it is best to eliminate it from your diet.
Hydrogenated fats – These fats can cause inflammation and cause hormone imbalance.
Caffeine – Although it may seem like coffee will boost energy, it is a poor resource for fueling your energy reservoirs. Although a stimulant, caffeine can actually leave you irritable and exhausted a few hours later.
Alcohol – Is a depressant that can make depression worse. Alcohol is not an appropriate outlet for dealing with emotional problems.
Sugar – Can cause surges and crashes in your energy level, therefore it is best to avoid it completely.
Top 5 Natural Remedies for Depression
#1 Fish Oil (1,000 mg daily)
Omega-3 fats are critical for neurotransmitter function, a critical component for emotional and physiological brain balance.
#2 Vitamin D3 (5,000 IU daily)
Vitamin D can help improve seasonal effective disorder which can manifest as depression, especially in people who don’t get regular sunlight.
#3 Adaptogen herbs (Rhodiola and Ashwagandha 1000 mg 2x daily)
Improves stress hormones and relaxes the nervous system.
#4 B-Complex (50 mg 2x daily)
B vitamins are involved in neurotransmitter function.
#5 St. John’s Wort (300-500 mg daily)
This herb can help improve mild to moderate depression.
Depression is most commonly caused by emotional issues and can be increased by lack of positive relationships, low self confidence, and lack of purpose. Find a strong community of friends that can support and encourage you as well as seeking a personal relationship with God.
Exercise to Improve Mood
Exercise also fights depression by releasing endorphins. Aim to exercise 3-5 days a week for 20 minutes or more.
Essential Oils for Depression
In clinical trials, essential oils have been proven to elevate mood. The best essential oils for depression include bergamot, lavender, roman chamomile and ylang ylang.
If you feel like you could use some more in depth information on essential oils, Dr. Josh Axe is hosting a free webinar going over, in great detail, uses and tips for using essential oils. Click below to learn more.