There are many different causes of depression. Some of them are seasonal affective disorder, parasites in the body, nutritional deficiencies or more nutrients than the body needs, hypoglycemia, diabetes, food allergies, Celiac Disease, PCOS, anemia, and steroid drugs. Women can get hormonal depression from PMS, PMDD, pregnancy, postpartum, thyroid disorders, and oral contraceptives. Smoking also can contribute to depression.
A diet that is low in complex carbohydrates and high in processed or junk foods can make depression worse. A major food allergy that can cause depression is wheat. There are some dietary changes you can make that may fight depression. It is a good idea to eliminate foods that are hard to digest like processed foods, meat, sugar, alcohol, and caffeine. Also, adding omega-3s, complex carbohydrates, fruit, and vegetables is a good idea. Complex carbohydrates raise the level of tryptophan in the brain which increases serotonin production. High protein promotes the production of dopamine.
There are some vitamins and minerals that may also help in addition to a change in diet. Fish oil, liquid zinc, folic acid, and selenium are good supplements. Also, Vitamins B1, B2, B3, and B6 would be good supplements. Check with your local homeopathic doctor for dosage.
There are many different types of medications that doctors may prescribe for depression. There are tricyclics, tetracyclics, and monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitors. These drugs can have harmful side effects such as blurred vision, constipation, irregular heartbeat, hypertension, and damaged liver function. Some of the drugs even have interactions with certain foods so they must be avoided while on the drugs. Another form of treatment people use is counseling and psychotherapy.
Herbal remedies have been around for thousands of years and they are regularly prescribed by doctors in many countries around the world. In fact, herbal remedies are often preferred over pharmaceuticals. It depends on the type of depression for what herbal remedy they will prescribe. For hormonal depression and various types of postpartum depression manganum, natrum mur, ignatia, arnica, pulsatilla, aurum metallicum are prescribed.
Ginko biolba is prescribed for age related depression because it aids in memory. Other herbal medications that treat both anxiety and depression are euphytose, arsenicum, sepia, and SAMe (S-Adenosyl-L-Methione). SAMe is frequently prescribed in Italy, Spain, and Germany. Kava and St. John’s Wort are mood enhancers that are often prescribed. St. John’s Wort is the number one prescribed drug in Germany. Kava cannot be taken with alcohol, certain prescription drugs, or with St. John’s Wort or Valerian.
It is best to not mix depression herbal remedies with antidepressants without medical supervision. You should not stop taking your antidepressants suddenly to switch to an herbal remedy. The best way to switch is to reduce dosage of your antidepressant gradually while slowly adding the herbal medication.
Some other alternative ways that help with depression are getting regular exercise which increases endorphins and enkepkalins, acupuncture, yoga, meditation, guided mental imagery, music therapy, and the relaxation response technique. You can also try taking the scenic route instead of the normal route you take. Sometimes just forcing your self to get up and get dressed can help.
Depression has been linked to to a person’s sensitivity to our toxic environment. Without fresh air, clean water, and fresh food, they will remain depressed. Nikken has the technology to clean up your toxic environment and help your environmental illness. Nikken’s Kinko Air Purifier filters the air in multiple layers and produces negative ions which are beneficial to your health. There is also the PIMag water filtration system for clean fresh water. The filtration system meets or exceeds internationally recognized filtration standards. You will end up saving money on bottled water and get a much healthier water. It has the minerals we need without any stuff we do not need.
Depression is helped by taking Omega-3s. Nikken carries Kenzen Omega Green + DHA which is made without fish oil and provides Omega 3, 6, and 9.
People with depression often have trouble sleeping. The Kenko Sleep System will help with your insomnia problems caused by depression. This system will help you get the rest you need.
The National Institute of Mental Health recommends that people get at least two hours of sunlight a day to help with their depression. The Environmental Health and Light Research Institute has found that light from the sun is a nutrient we need in the same way we need food nutrients. The sun’s rays support life and health. We need a full spectrum of natural sunlight to get the full benefits. In the winter it may be difficult to get access to sunlight either because of weather or you just don’t want to go outside. Nikken has solved this problem with the KenkoLight. You get full-spectrum light that replicates sunlight without the harmful ultraviolet rays. The light will also help promote a healthy sleep/wake cycle. It saves on electricity and also comes with a USB port and a clock.
These products can help treat your symptoms and have helped millions of people worldwide manage their depression. We also have a variety of other products available including nutritional products. For more information on pricing and ordering information, please call (586) 222-8419.
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