Depression and Natural Remedies to Cope With It

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What is depression?

All of us have had the experience of the blues from time to time. but it’s a serious disorder if the blues don’t let go of you. Depression is the most unpleasant experience a person can go through. It’s normal to feel gloomy, disappointed or heartbroken. But if these feelings persist beyond a normal period, you may well be heading for a depression. Things that used to make you happy no longer do. Work becomes uninteresting, you feel lethargic, restless, you either sleep too much or too little. You find it difficult to concentrate on anything.

Who gets depression?

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Usually, people who are very sensitive and insecure are prone to depression. Women are more prone to be different than men. The reason for this is not known but a probable explanation could be that they find themselves in depression promoting circumstances like depending upon the male members for financial support.
Whatever the cause of depression may be, its effects can be devastating. It can reduce a person’s immunity, lower his energy levels, affect family life and performance at work, cause migraines, backaches and body aches. Our mind can create diseases. Once it is affected, a lot of negativity sets in, and it takes about 4 to 6 months to have repercussions on the physical body in the form of some ailment.

What are the natural remedies to cope up with your depression?

Severe forms of depression require a trained therapist’s attention. what you choose to eat has a profound effect on mental health. Whilst incorrect eating may not be the cause, correcting a deficiency can prove to be beneficial.

Meditate to ensure emotional balance

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Meditation is an ancient times solution to keep the mind calm and balanced. It gives innumerable benefits by improving concentration and also helps in controlling the mind. Depression is caused by negativity in the mind which is a result of imbalance emotions.
Hence meditation is useful in coping up with the depression as it removes the negativity. Practicing meditation on a daily basis makes one’s outlook more positive due to the spiritual aspect associated with it. Then, what are you waiting for? Meditate every day for a happier you!

Eat more carbohydrates

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Foods rich in carbohydrates like rice, potatoes, and bread helps to build up brain chemical such as serotonin, that affects one’s mood. High levels of serotonin elevate mood and promote a feeling of well-being.

Ginseng

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There are many types of ginseng such as-

The types are the Asian and American variety which have the active ginsenosides present in them. Moreover, there are other adaptogenic herbs which are close relatives of ginseng and have similar properties and benefits.

Asian Ginseng: This classical type is also known as the Koren red or South China ginseng.

American Ginseng: This is mild compared to the Asian variety but is still very therapeutic.

Siberian Ginseng: It contains a high amount of eleutherosides which exhibit similar properties as ginsenosides.

Indian Ginseng: It is also known as ashwagandha. This finds its application in Ayurveda.

Brazilian Ginseng: It is also known as suma root.

Siberian ginseng helps to improve energy levels and improve your sense of wellbeing. It is available in the form of capsules. Asian ginseng boosts mood and energy levels. Additionally, the adaptogens found within it have been shown to alter the hormonal levels of the body, which can treat chronic stress. A study published in Human Psychopharmacology shows that it improves aspects of working memory performance in young adults.

B- Vitamins

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Vitamins help our neurotransmitters to function properly. This, in turn, affects our sense of wellbeing. Foods rich in B- vitamins include wheat germ, whole grains, green vegetables, nuts, and seeds. Supplements of B- complex are readily available in case you have a severe deficiency.

Rosemary oil

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A few drops of this oil can be mixed with any vegetable oil or massage lotion. It helps to stimulate the central nervous system and relieves anxiety.
Every one faces depression at some point in life. It is the way you handle it that makes all the difference. Have a mind that thinks positively and this will go a long way in helping you through your depression or any other ailment.

Include Fish in your diet

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It is interesting to see that fish and fish oil supplements like cod-liver oil can actually help in treating depression. Research proves that those who consume fish and fish oil supplements suffer less from depression than those who don’t include fish in their diet.

This is because they contain omega-3 fatty acids. Fish like salmon, sardines, tuna, anchovy, etc. are the best sources of Omega-3 that helps a person to cope up with depression. Hence, you should definitely include fish and fish supplements in your diet too if you’re suffering from depression.

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