What Can You Do To Help Your Depression?
By Marge Pickering-Picone
September 9, 2014
Anti-depressants are routinely prescribed in order to counteract a chemical response going on in the brain. The primary purpose of this medication is to numb the response, while helping balance a person’s thoughts, feelings and actions. The problem is what if they don’t work? What if they are not enough? Is there anything else you can do to help yourself?
The first thing you need to do is to review your: lifestyle, stress level, life events, fatigue level, sleep, dietary and supplemental intake.
Lifestyle: Do you do everything yourself? Do you allow others to do anything for you? Do you take on more obligations then your day can handle? Do you feel you need to control every situation and have it your way? Do you find it tough to be flexible? Take a look at what you can eliminate or decrease and delegate some down time for yourself.
Stress Level: If your lifestyle is routinely overwhelming, it leads to internal stress responses. Stress triggers many different reactions in our bodies that get diagnosed as individual problems. You may suffer with chronic sinus infections, upper stomach issues like heartburn, reflux, ulcers, etc. Some get lower back problems while others suffer with sugar lows that cause lightheaded feelings and the constant need to eat. You can also have a “short fuse” and react poorly in situations instead of with finesse. These responses are actually your body trying desperately to get your attention and cause you to slow down. Have you ever dealt with a child that had a stomach ache/pain on the day of the competition or test? Their stomach does hurt yet they are able to eat. It is a body alarm advising that there is too much stress!
Life Events: Things that cause trauma to our emotions, such as: a death in the family, divorce, job loss, financial difficulties, accidents and moving. These are a few examples of events that cause extreme changes in our bodies and leave us physically, mentally and emotionally drained.
Fatigue: Being physically, mentally, and emotionally drained ultimately leads us to fatigue. That overwhelming feeling of exhaustion and burnout take over your existence. Even with ten hours of sleep, it does nothing to change how tired you continue to feel.
Sleep: Many are so tired that they are unable to sleep well. Sleeping pills work, but take a while to wear off and for some they do not work at all. When you have the above symptoms, especially the fatigue, it is tough to shut off your mind to go to sleep. The main reason is that the body will always find a source to drain to get you through your day. Your nervous system is one of those sources. You can see it in others by their actions. Smokers, nail biters, leg shaking, unable to sit still are a few of the nervous systems ways of letting you know that it needs help. If you steal from your nerves for too long, you lose your patience and tolerance to just about anyone or anything. Everyone needs to sleep well.
Can Dietary Intake and Supplements Help?
All aspects of your body’s energy output takes fuel to function properly. Our intention is to supply our bodies with fuel through the foods we eat and the liquids we drink. We think of any food being capable of supplying energy, but that is not completely true. The type of activities we take part in determine what nutrients are utilized in a day. When you add mental, emotional and physical stress in addition to your daily output, the human body starts to rebel. What if you could improve your diet and take supplements to support the areas that you drain? What if choices of foods and vitamin supplements gave you more energy? What if you could help to relieve the “heavy hearted” feeling with a supplement? What have you got to lose? It just might work for you!
Diet: Try to improve your protein intake with no less than 60 grams per day. 60 grams visually looks like 3 chicken breasts. It can be done in different forms such as protein based smoothies, fish, fowl, shellfish, red meats as well as vegetarian sources. If you weigh more than 130 lbs the amount you consume needs to be increased accordingly. Children need a minimum of 54 grams per day. The addition of vegetables naturally helps raise immunity and feeds the Thymus Gland, which in turn raises “feel good” response. If you have trouble choosing what foods are best for you, try utilizing your Blood Type as a guide. There are books to help guide you in eating for your specific type. It is important to note that starches and sugars are enemies to our immune systems. A diet high in starch and sugar weakens the immune system while increasing the stress in the body.
Supplements: One of my favorite supplements, Alfalfa, helps balance electrolytes, which helps counteract fatigue. Adrenal support is essential where stress and the chronic physical responses exist. Heavy heart and weepy feelings can be helped by supporting the Thymus. These are a few examples of supplements that can help.
It is important to recognize that each person has their own story and the plan to improving their health and wellness must be just as personalized. Sometimes the supplements need to be added first to give you the energy and desire to change the rest of your symptoms. When you feel better mentally, physically and emotionally, you can change your lifestyle, which will reduce your stress and stop draining you of all the nutrients your body needs to function. I have found that when you lessen those fatigue feelings it allows you to see your life more clearly.
For the last 30 years my passion to uncover the missing pieces to help people feel great and look great has benefited many. Utilizing your foods and supplements is not something traditional healthcare offers. If we can be of help to determine what might help you to achieve better health, give us a call to set up a consultation.