TREATING SYMPTOMS VS. ROOT CAUSES
“By 2005, antidepressants had become the #1 prescribed drug class in the country.
But these medications do not treat depression. Whether it’s Prozac, Cymbalta, Zoloft, Elavil, Lexapro, Wellburin, or any of the other commonly prescribed antidepressants, these medicines simply treat symptoms, and only minimally so… I am saddened by the fact that the billion-dollar psychotropic pharmaceutical industry is predicated on the idea that people will take a pill to treat symptoms, while the underlying disorder is ignored. So there’s never any real focus on actually curing or even improving the root cause of the illness, let alone getting people off the medication…
All of the antidepressant medications currently on the market are designed to artificially alter neurotransmitter activity in the brain. Yet, when we consider the fact that these same chemicals found in the brain are also produced in the gut, and that their availability to the brain is largely governed by the activity of gut bacteria, we are forced to realize that ground zero for all things mood-related is the gut.”
After reading the above excerpt from David Perlmutter’s book you may feel pretty discouraged about the options available for alleviating depression. But actually there are plenty of all-natural ways to address the issue, including the food you eat, which directly influences the activity of gut bacteria. And this informative article featured on Food Matters by Erin Bates gives you some of the best foods to concentrate on….
TOP FIVE FOODS FOR BEATING DEPRESSION
By Erin Bates
Drug advertisements and conventional doctors tell the public that depression is caused by an imbalance of a neurotransmitter in the brain called serotonin. This idea makes it seem that drugs that flood the brain with serotonin are the answer to depression, but there is no scientific evidence that drug therapy really works. In studies in which scientists lowered serotonin levels to induce depression, the experiment failed. Other studies found that dramatically increasing serotonin levels in the brain failed to relieve depression. So why do doctors persist in prescribing medications with side effects ranging from mood swings to suicidal or homicidal behaviors when those drugs may not even work?
There are treatment options that can relieve depression without swallowing pills. Many of the symptoms of depression can be directly linked to vitamin and mineral deficiencies in the standard American diet, which is largely comprised of empty carbs, caffeine and sugar. Depression, mood swings and fatigue often have a common cause: poor nutrition. Avoiding depression or recovering from a depressive episode is often as easy as changing your diet and boosting your consumption of key foods that deliver brain-boosting nutrients and help regulate brain chemistry.
The Five Foods for Beating Depression
Contains vitamins B1 and B3, and folic acid. Brown rice is also a low-glycemic food, which means it releases glucose into the bloodstream gradually, preventing sugar lows and mood swings. Brown rice also provides many of the trace minerals we need to function properly, as well as being a high-fiber food that can keep the digestive system healthy and lower cholesterol. Instant varieties of rice do not offer these benefits. Any time you see “instant” on a food label, avoid it.
Contains vitamins B1, B2 and B3. Brewer’s yeast should be avoided if you do not tolerate yeast well, but if you do, mix a thimbleful into any smoothie for your daily dose. This superfood packs a wide assortment of vitamins and minerals in a small package, including 16 amino acids and 14 minerals. Amino acids are vital for the nervous system, which makes brewer’s yeast a no-brainer for treating depression.
Also worth mentioning:
Things to avoid:
Other non-food things to do:
- *Get plenty of sunshine. Natural sunlight is a proven cure for depression.
- Engage in regular exercise at least three times per week. Exercise lifts and mood and alters brain chemistry in a positive way
- Experience laughter. It’s good medicine.
- Take a high quality range of mood boosting supplements to help even more…
Source – www.naturalnews.com
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*I’ve read that low levels of Vitamin D can cause depression, which I guess is one reason why getting plenty of sunshine is recommended. Supposedly a large portion of the population, even in sunny climes, is deficient in D, so you may want to also take a supplement. Read this Self-help Health post to find out more about the many benefits of Vitamin D:
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