Beating Depression without Anti Depressants

Beating depression is essential for your well-being, but that doesn’t mean that everyone should take medication as their answer.

Anti-depressants are prescribed at alarming numbers these days.  Perhaps it is due in part to the push by the pharmaceutical companies to peddle their medications and due in part to the epidemic of depression that has descended on people today.

No Medication

Why depression is higher now has to do with several things.  In years past people tended to sweep depression under the rug, so to speak, and it therefore went undiagnosed for many, who just suffered silently.  Nowadays we live harried lives, rushing to and fro, trying to keep the status quo.  This causes us to be lax with our diets and with our physical activities, which has a direct relation with depression.

Do prescription antidepressants really work though?  The answer is maybe temporarily, and if you can "beat" the side effects you may find they are very addictive and lead to other nasty issues if you continue to take them indefinitely.  What is the alternative?  Natural treatments offers relief and cures without the side effects and cost of prescriptions, and the body will benefit a lot better.

Start with Natural Treatments First

Sometimes depression is not a chemical thing, it is a mental thing and requires a little help from a mental health professional in the form of therapy for beating depression.  Sometimes it helps to pour out the emotional baggage to someone who is impartial and who can help you sort it out, clean it out and deal with it.  Try EFT or Emotional Freedom Technique, where you learn how to deal with issues via different approaches.  It is very effective and you can do this on your own or with the help of an EFT therapist. 

Exercise is one of the best natural defenses against depression because it is during physical activity that the body releases endorphins, the natural "feel good" substance and mood lifter.  Besides exercise combating depression, it is also beneficial for overall health.  You could say exercise helps emotional, mental, and physical well-being. 

Eating right is always best to help fight any illness or condition including depression.  Some foods, like junk foods, can cause moods and energy levels to plummet, leaving a person feeling melancholy and sluggish.  Eating fresh fruits and vegetables and lean meats helps to give the body good energy and helps the body to fight off infections.  The result is a higher metabolism and a positive attitude.

If eating right is a stretch at the very least you can take supplements to help the body be healthier.  If depression is a problem, a great natural defense is krill oil.  Krill oil is high in omega 3 fatty acids, and this nutrient works with the brain, in making it healthier and more alert.  Other great supplements are antioxidants and general vitamins and minerals.

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