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Natural cures for depression

Depression is a specific state of mind, when a person experiences sadness, emptiness, hopelessness and some other negative emotions and feelings. All these seriously affect the feeling, behavior and thoughts of depressive person, who can show no interest for anything or anyone.

For some patients psychotherapy or counseling might be good option, but if it doesn’t work, you can always opt for prescribed medications. Counseling could be very useful, helping you to identify the causes of depression.

Change What You Eat

Better nutrition can at least ease your depression. Sometimes, too much carbohydrates is also blamed for this condition. Avoid processed food and too much sugar, for they are addictive and not helpful at all. Sugar can provoke insulin resistance and influence the level of your blood sugar, resulting in increase of stress hormones and sometimes worsening different mental problems, including depression.

Omega 3 fatty acids, found in the fish, such as salmon and tuna, and also in nut oils can help you deal with depression. Deficiency in these fatty acids can be responsible for dry skin, circulation problems, tiredness, heart problems, memory difficulties, mood swings and even depression. There are also some recent studies confirming the link between depression and bipolar disorder with lack of omega 3 fatty acids. Instead of omega 3 rich food, you can use omega 3 fatty acids supplements.

Vitamin B complex is very useful for people suffering from depression. Vitamins such as B1, B5, B6 and B12 are all proven to have beneficial properties.

Helpful Herbs

St. John’s Wort is one of the herbs used by Europeans as the efficient treatment for depression. In Germany, just 2% of the population used medications to treat sleeping problems, depression and anxiety, because all other use this powerful herbal remedy for that purpose. Be careful if you decide to use this remedy, because it shouldn’t be used with medications and consult your doctor before you decide to start with herbal treatment.

Hypericum perforatum extract is also widely used and some consider it even better than any other anti-depressant drug.

Physical Activity

Exercise is beneficial for both your physical and mental health. It can efficiently control your weight, positively affect your self-esteem, but it can also provoke your brain to produce endorphins (happy hormones). Some studies found that people suffering from mild form of depression might benefit from physical activity in the same way as using anti-depressant medications. Most doctors treating depressive patients advise them both to exercise and use drugs to control and cure their depression.

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