Lifestyle Solutions For Depression

August 5 200924 Commented

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As far as lifestyle and dietary changes to help if you are depressed, there are many solutions that could contribute to your recovery.

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Sunlight Can Help Depression

Getting out in the sunlight for 20 minutes a day is an easy way to help boost serotonin levels. This may also help reduce stress levels, another important factor involved in helping with serotonin.

If you are going to take recreational drugs like E or P, make sure you supplement properly before and afterwards, to help to compensate for the side effects of these drugs.  It is well known that people who take these kind of drugs have low levels of all kinds of nutrients in their body, as well as the amino acids used to make neurotransmitters or brain chemicals, needed to regulate mood. For more information on the types of nutrients and amino acids needed to take when using these drugs, click here for our information on Pre loading.   When you click on the link and go to the page, scroll down to Common Uses and this lists the nutrients and aminos that are usually taken to pre load, before taking these drugs and afterwards.

Food allergies and intolerances could contribute to feelings of depression. However these are not easy to identify. Those who suffer with a candida over growth can experience depression and other “personality problems”. Candida albicans is a yeast that lives naturally occurring in the body. Many women have an overgrowth of this yeast in their body, with the common symptom of this being vaginal thrush. However this is just 1 of the many symptoms you can experience with a candida over growth.

You do not need to have thrush to have an over growth. If you wanted to know conclusively whether you have this over growth or not, you can complete this scientifically validated test CanDia5, which reveals whether you have a systemic problem or not.   This is a test you can do in the privacy of your own home.  It is done with a prick of your blood and the results are revealed within 5 minutes, as either a positive or negative test to systemic candidiasis.

If you want to know about specific food intolerances, then you can use this Food allergy test. This test uses ELISA methodology and tests for 96 common foods.  Again this test is takenin the privacy of your own home, but with this test, your results are sent to Pathlab in Australia and the results take approximately 1 month before they come back.

Drinking Alcohol affects the chemistry of the brain, increasing the risk of depression in some people.  Many depressed people drink, as they believe this will make them feel better and definitely the initial effect when you take that 1st sip does make you feel good, as it stimulates every pleasure center in your body.

The problem is that most people do not stop there and they continue to drink. This is really where the problems start.  Many people continue to drink and then wake up feeling ill, anxious, jittery and guilty.

I think the key with alcohol is, If you are going to drink alcohol, keep it for occasional use only, not a way to help unwind after work each day or after a stressful situation. Drink because it is a special occasion, as a “treat” but do not make it a normal part of every day life.

So other contributors to depression may be high toxicity levels and also erratic blood sugar levels.

I was amazed one night when we went to a friends place and another friend was there. This other friend who we will call Steve, was drinking and after a while he started ranting about all of these negative things, dragging up information from many many years ago.

We were all starting to become quite irritated with him and the negativity that he was talking about, thinking it was quite out of character for Steve. He was getting worse and worse and then ……. we all had dinner.  I was shocked that as soon as he started eating, he got more and more relaxed and positive. By the time he finished his dinner, he was the normal Steve again.  A few months later it was found that Steve had Type 1 diabetes.

This incident really highlighted to me the effect that erratic blood sugar levels have on mood, emotions and brain function.

So to support blood sugar levels you need to do 2 main things

Eat regularly – each 2 ½ hours and……..

Include Protein at each meal. Protein is a slow burning fuel. It is vital to include adequate protein with every meal, to help support blood sugar levels.  Read this article here on protein and how to work out which foods you are eating are protein and which are the carbohydrates.

I have talked about detoxing before but bottom line is, if your body is filled with toxins and your eliminative organs over loaded, then this is enough to make anyone feel depressed.

Just like our car that we tune up regularly, our own vehicle (our body) needs tuning up too.

We have lots of different detox packs here, but I have these 2 to look at today.  Total Body Detox from Good Health is a great detoc pack that is easy to follow.  It consists of 2 different products – the Multi Cleanse and the Multi Fibre.  Another pack is the Natures Way Thisilyn Cleanse.  I have talked about the benefit of both of these before.

There are fantastic community services available, that are there for those who want to help themselves, with problems such as depression. Talk to your doctor or look in the front section of your white pages phone book. Don’t be too proud to seek professional advice and help. You do not have to see a psychiatrist if the thought of this is too scary. There are many other therapies available that can help those experiencing depression. These include NLP, Body Talk & Brain Gym, to name a few. Bottom line is, if you are feeling depressed, you do not need to go through this alone. There are plenty of things that can help as well as people who can help you.

24 responses to “Lifestyle Solutions For Depression”

  1. Possum says:

    Extremely interesting article Re “Food allergies and intolerances could contribute to feelings of depression” Wheat is known by lots of people I mix with, to be a cause of depression…and how many people eat sandwhiches for lunch????

  2. shontelle joyce says:

    I suffer from depression and its hard to eat good food all the time, its the time in your head thinking oh thats gonna take ages to make so you tend to go for the junk food more.

  3. Veronica Donaldson says:

    I think we all go through periods of depression. I try to give myself postive pep talks to help keep things in perspective… Like for example ” Remember when you fell down the stairs, broke your ankle, while pregnant, so you could not have any painkillers – this is nothing compared to that!”

  4. Kylie Walker says:

    Petting a dog or cat is another way to boost serotonin levels, according to my GP. It’s cheap and very effective. The routine of owning a pet can help motivate a depressed person, via the need to feed, bathe and care for their animal, while daily walks offers major benefits to both parties.

  5. Tim says:

    I find your comments about people who take those kind of drugs needing to supplement before and after taking them interesting. Shouldn’t they be supplementing instead of taking them? Seriously the reason people turn to those drugs is because they lack those chemicals you mentioned, not only a result.

  6. Eddie says:

    fantastic article – thank you!

  7. Grant says:

    Having recently been made redundant I have been spiralling into depression. Thank you for this informative article – I have certainly taken it onboard and will be keeping it top of mind.

  8. Kath says:

    Thanks for making me aware of the simple things that can be done to ease depression. My husband is currently suffering from it and I will be working hard to subtly suggest to him some of the ideas mentioned in the article.

  9. Millie says:

    I have previously suffered from both anorexia and depression and everything this article says is so true. All of these seemingly insignificant changes really can make a difference!!

  10. Anne-Marie says:

    Great article, thanks for help promoting more awareness, its very important that people have an understanding of depression.

  11. Jo says:

    Just wanted to let you know that I found this to be a very informative & enlightening article!

    Your article reinforced & provided additional information regarding the need for me to improve my own eating habits due to the correlation with how I end up feeling. It’s amazing the impact that food has on our health and how we feel. Thank You! : )

  12. Mary Preston says:

    I particularly found the link between diet & depression extremely interesting. I learned a great deal from this article.

  13. Russell Underwood says:

    I am a great believer in the therapeutic value of the sun. Too often we are frightened off exposure to sunlight, but there is nothing like it for lifting the spirits.

  14. fiona thomas says:

    sop feeling sorry for yourself and get on with life,money ant everything life is what you make it.

  15. Linda Travers says:

    Moderation in all things – as they say!

  16. Deon says:

    Depression is extremely underated and we need to support and uplift those people who suffer from it.Love and support them unconditionally !!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. Selena Z says:

    Great article! Depression is such an under-rated disease.

  18. Jo-Anne says:

    Great read thanks, Depression is getting the attention it needs finally

  19. Anita says:

    Its a bad cycle, when youre depressed youre not looking after yourself or caring about what you eat. I found just forcing myself to get outside,rain or shine and going for a walk (even just down the street and back) helped. Thanks for a great article.

  20. Sue says:

    Feeling depressed feels like you are dragging a chain around your leg. We all have up and down days but when it goes on for a period of time that we can not lift without some sort of help. Having been in this position i self prescribed a month of being on St Johns Wort, made sure i did regular exercise at least 3 times a week and tried to get a good balanced diet. i felt somewhat better but not 100% so I continued for another 3 months of the same regime. Looking back now it was very benifcal and uplifting. Every now i go back on a week of this regime if i feel out of sync.

  21. Sue says:

    I too suffer from depression….exercise, good food, and cutting out alcohol ( a depressant ) all help towards getting better. Positive thinking can also help

  22. sarah says:

    I suffer(ed) depression and anxiety, I found the Chemical Maze shopping guide by Bill Statham extremely helpful as away to eliminate harmful chemical and additives from your diet. If you think that diet could be contributing to your depression this is a good place to start and is worth giving it a go. It helped me.

    Take care.

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