A lot of people don’t really understand but it’s not joke suffering from mental illness so how can we treat depression and anxiety naturally, without blasting our systems with one medication after another looking for a magic bullet?
There is nothing wrong with medication if it works and if it doesn’t mean a lifetime of being reliant on popping pills. But also, many people find going down the path of medication is ineffective and frustrating, particularly if there is another way.
How Treat Depression And Anxiety Naturally
The good news is we have ways to break free of Meds and find an effective way to treat depression and anxiety naturally, that’s not going to cost $$$$ in medical bills and leave you reliant on your daily fix.
So let’s take a look at what’s available to fight back against crippling and debilitating illness.
Identify The Underlying Issue
So this may sound rather simplistic but it’s really very important and complex.
Throughout this blog we have looked at the causes of poor health whether mental, physical or emotional and it always comes down to the same thing because everything is connected. You see poor physical health can lead to poor mental and emotional health and vice a versa, so getting to the primary cause can be something of a mission.
It’s a shocking to think that there are so many potential causes for depression and the accompanying anxiety like hypochlorhydria, crohn’s disease, low stomach acid, pituitary tumor, and nutrient deficiencies such as iron, vitamin D, and vitamin B-12. And this is not an exhaustive like by any stretch.
Unfortunately this isn’t the time for self diagnoses so depending on your situation it could be time to look on the website for the Institute of Functional Medicine for a integrative or functional doctor for assistance.
If you don’t want to take this route you can ask your primary care physician or psychiatrist to run some tests to understand your primary causes. You might ask for complete blood count, comprehensive metabolic profile, hyroid full panel, including TSH, free T4, T3, thyroid antibodies, and 25-OH vitamin D and B-12 levels. The last one to consider is testing for Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) gene mutation because is linked to antidepressants ineffectiveness.
It is not just physical condition that can be the route cause. We have all heard the expression “you are what you eat” and never a truer word has been spoken. If you consider that diet or intake is responsible for a vast majority of illness in the USA from Diabetes to Vascular disease, then it’s no longer a stretch to consider the effects of food and other substances on our health.
Some products are more obvious then others when it comes to figuring out what illness they can cause, sugar, salt, gluten, dairy, caffeine, alcohol, processed foods all cause problems from obesity, heart disease, insomnia and much much more. So if you are suffering from depression and or anxiety while not having a major physical illness then intake or diet is a good place to start looking for answers.
Its a lengthy process of elimination of the obvious unhealthy foods from your diet and noting any improvements.
As a continuation of eating the right stuff I want you to take onboard your “internal hippy” and start looking at natural remedies offered by Mother Earth. Just think GREEN. Basically anything green is good, leafy veg like spinach, and broccoli, tea, just anything green is a super food providing vitamins A, C, E, K, iron, calcium; carotenoids; fiber; antioxidants; omega-3s; and phytochemicals.
Exercise is always a good option as it releases feel good chemical boosting our brain’s dopamine levels and providing endorphins making you happy and positive. This also has the effect of burning calories, losing weight, and promoting sleep. However, there is something even better and that is yoga.
Yoga has the added advantage of lowering the levels of stress inducing hormones helping to maintain of homeostasis and regulating immune responses, blood sugar, and central nervous system functions.
This article has already aligned depression and anxiety as two illnesses that come hand in hand, and the truth is really that depression is a stress disorder with the result that sufferers well end up with a multitude of symptoms including depression, stress, anxiety, with physical aspects such as insomnia, obesity for example.
The science stuff tells us that if we reduce stress good things happen as research from the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital reported, ‘eliciting a relaxation response can immediately alter our gene expression associated with inflammation, metabolism, and insulin production — all of which impact our mood’.
So, if we practice relaxation techniques like yoga, deep breathing , massage when we feel stressed or anxious our bodies will not recognize the automated alarm bells, so the feeling will dissipate.
Life With Supplements
We already know the best place to get your vitamin and compounds is through a healthy intake of the correct produce, but that may not be easy or possible in some cases, so a supplement is a good option.
The basic blocks for good health can be boiled down to a few headliners omega-3 a probiotic, vitamin D, vitamin B-12, and multivitamins, but this of course is a simplification.
How to End an Anxiety Attack
We have talked about the connection between depression, stress and anxiety but how how to end an anxiety attack once you feel it coming on? Coping with an anxiety attack has its challenges because they can’t be stopped by force of will, it’s more a case of recognizing its coming and prepare.
If its your first time it will be difficult to know the signs but once you experience them, recognize them, write them down, and put them into perspective. Psychologically one of the things that turns an anxiety attack into a full blown panic attack is taking a catastrophic approach to the symptoms. Better to recognize and understand that it will pass.
Coping With The Anxiety Attack
The approach to coping and stopping an anxiety attack sound on the face of it, simplistic and over used, such as breach, relax, stay calm. Well, this may be true but let’s look closer at the advise.
1. Breath.If when an attack is pending breath out deeply, loosen the shoulders, focus on longer deep inhales and exhales, know that your belly is rising and falling. Soon the deep breathing will help calm the attack.
2. Relax. Relaxing is a funny thing and it’s difficult to perfect. Imagine lying in bed not sleeping and wondering why. Suddenly you have an idea. You concentrate on sections of your body starting with your toes, moving up your legs to you torso, out through your arms and hands. Then you move up your neck to you head. All the time you are consciously relaxing small parts of the body until you can feel the tension leave. All of a sudden your body feels relaxed and you fall asleep. The same principle applies during an anxiety attack.
3. Talking. Talking out loud to yourself can be helpful. By giving yourself permission to have the attack in the knowledge it will pass can be a good way to remain calm.
Foods to Avoid If You Have Anxiety or Depression
So is there a cheat sheet to use when it comes to avoiding a certain diet to reduce anxiety and depression? The simple answer is yes if we can avoid certain produces it will definitely help reduce someones potential to suffer an attack. Some of these will be pretty obvious and other not so much, so let’s see what we should be avoiding.
Regular Soda is probably one that you would have guessed with its mountain of sugar and empty nutrition value.
Diet Soda is also on the list not because of sugar content but the high caffeine which in itself would push you into a depression.
Light Dressing is equally surprising, as it’s not loaded with sugar, but unfortunately the sweetness is created by the artificial sweetener called aspartame, which has been linked to anxiety and depression.
Toast. Toast has to the strangest one yet, right? It’s all down to the white bread with its highly processed white flour which quickly turns to blood sugar causing energy spikes, anxiety and depression.
Once you take the juice out of the fruit its nothing but sugar. If you want fruit then remember it has come prepackaged in the best pack possible
There’s probably a reason it doesn’t taste of tomato, its mainly lots of artificial sweeteners
Caffeine in large amounts gives the jitters and nervous energy. The lost sleep is a major contributor to anxiety or depression.
Do I really need to say anything?
Same as the coffee and the energy drink with the added liver disease.
Those people sensitive to gluten should avoid soy sauce and some breads, noodles, and pastries, as gluten can cause anxiety or depression.
All processed foods should be avoided period. From meat, fried food, refined cereals, candy, pastries, and high-fat dairy products. Choose full whole fiber-rich options like grains, fruits, vegetables, and fish.
The Take Away
It’s a complicated subject where we as sufferers have to run the gauntlet to target the route cause of our issues and only then take action. There are many treatments that can help and the most appropriate one is the one that best suits the individual so always consult your care provided if in any doubt.
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