Everybody feels a little sad or depressed occasionally and often it is a normal reaction to loss or life’s inevitable struggles. For most people, the blues go away after situations are resolved. Others however, are not so lucky.
According to the National Institute for Mental Health more than 14.8 million adults suffer from major depression which affects their health, relationships and ability to function. Although there are many prescription medications that claim to help, most people prefer to seek out national remedies for depression.
Symptoms of depression include:
- Sad, anxious feelings
- Inability to concentrate
- Sleep disturbances
- Loss of interest in activities
- Weight loss or gain
- Thoughts of suicide
- Chronic aches and pains
- Digestive problems
People who are clinically depressed may look at external reasons for their sadness. But in true clinical depression, outside factors are not often the primary reasons for depression. Depression is influenced by the balance of brain chemicals and neurotransmitters, such as serotonin and norepinephrine. The often-prescribed medications that are supposed to regulate neurotransmitters tend to be very expensive and most have side effects that range from unpleasant to dangerous.
Fortunately, Mother Nature has provided us with safe, effective natural remedies for depression. Recent studies have found a strong link between vitamin D deficiency and depression. Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that is present in eggs and fatty fish like salmon and mackerel. Your body can make its own vitamin D after exposure to ultraviolet rays from the sun, but that can be difficult depending on the time of year and where you live.
Vitamin D has also been associated with a decreased risk for Alzheimer’s disease and it also contributes to bone health, immune function and muscle maintenance. Because it is so important, millions of Americans take vitamin D supplements to help ensure they are getting sufficient amounts. Vitamin D is available in tablet, capsule, powdered, and in liquid forms. The needed amount varies from person to person so ask your holistic health practitioner to determine the dosage that best suits your individual needs.
Consider adding nutritional supplements to your natural remedies for depression. It’s also important to adopt an overall healthy lifestyle that includes proper nutrition, moderate exercise, adequate rest, social interaction and stress reduction techniques.