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What are the different remedies for Depression? – Part 3

What is Depression?
• Depression is one of the most common emotional disorders.
• It may be manifested in feelings of slight sadness to utter misery and dejection.
• Depression is a very unpleasant malady.
• The mental stress and strain of day-to-day life, usually leads to this disorder.

Depression Symptoms
• Acute sense of loss
• Inexplicable sadness
• Loss of energy
• Lack of interest
• Loss of appetite
• Giddiness
• Itching
• Nausea
• Agitation
• Irritability
• Impotence or frigidity
• Constipation
• Aches and pains all over the body
• Lack of concentration
• Indecisiveness
• Low body temperature
• Low blood pressure
• Hot flushes
• Shivering

Causes of Depression
• Prolonged periods of anxiety and tension.
• Excessive and indiscriminate use of drugs.

Diet for Depression

– Exclude tea and other strong condiments.

– Take three meals a day.
• The diet should be restricted to three meals.
• Fruits can be taken in the morning for breakfast.
• Take it along with milk and a handful of nuts or seeds.

– Lunch
Steamed vegetables, whole wheat tortilla and a glass of buttermilk

– Dinner
Green vegetable salad and all the available sprouts like alfalfa seeds, green gram beans and cottage cheese, or a glass of buttermilk would be ideal.

– Reduce the intake of sweets
• The intake of sweets boosts sugar levels but worsen the moods later.

– Avoid caffeine and alcohol
• Caffeine and alcohol both dampen mood.
• Alcohol temporarily relaxes us and caffeine boosts energy.
• Their effects are short-lived.
• Both can worsen mood swings, anxiety, depression, and insomnia.

– Vitamin B6
• Vitamin B6 is needed to produce the mood-enhancing neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine.
• Deficiency of vitamin B6 is rare.
• A borderline deficiency may occur in people taking oral contraceptives, hormone replacement therapy, and drugs for tuberculosis.

– Magnesium
• Most people do not get enough magnesium in their diets.
• Like vitamin B6, magnesium is needed for serotonin production.
• Stress depletes magnesium.

– Good sources of magnesium are
• Legumes
• Nuts
• Whole grains
• Green vegetables

Exercise
• Regular exercise is one of the most effective ways to improve mood.
• Exercise, particularly aerobic exercise, releases mood-elevating chemicals in the brain.
• They can decrease stress hormones.
• Going for a brisk walk outside each morning for at least 30 minutes and for five days a week is very good to beat the stress.
• Choose something to enjoy.
• Going to the gym, signing up for dance classes, playing tennis, or gardening are some of the activities of recreation to beat the stress.

Light Therapy
• Getting enough sunlight has been shown to be effective for seasonal mood changes.
• These happen in the darker winter months.
• Exposure to light in the morning helps the body’s sleep/wake cycle work properly.
• Production of serotonin, a brain chemical that keys to influencing the mood, is turned on in the morning upon exposure to light.
• During the winter when there is less sunlight, serotonin levels can drop.
• These low levels make us feel tired and prone to seasonal affective disorder (SAD).
• Increase the exposure to light by walking outdoors in the morning.
• Use special lights that simulate natural daylight.

Relaxation and Meditation
• The patient must also learn the art of relaxation and meditation.
• These techniques go a long way in curing depression.
• One must gain control over his nervous system.
• One must channelize both mental and emotional energies into restful activities.
• This can be achieved by ensuring sufficient rest and sleep.
• Meditation will help create a balance in the nervous system.
• This will enable the hormonal glands to return to a correct state of hormonal balance.

Other Natural Remedies
Aroma therapy: Certain aromas can lift up the spirits and lighten the moods.
Yoga: Regular practice of yoga postures that improve blood circulation to brain and other parts of body are very beneficial in treating depression.
Acupuncture

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