Depression: this is so widespread you could call it a modern day epidemic
An intricate tapestry of factors coming together lie behind most cases of depression.
Grief, divorce, money worries – these are all things that will naturally cause bouts of depression, but how well we recover and cope with what life throws at is, is hugely impacted on by our nutritional status and lifestyle factors. Recent research shows specific vitamins impacting depression recovery, such as Vitamin D and fish oil, among others.
Another research piece, which you can visit here describes how natural medicine taken along side antidepressants helps boost the effectiveness of antidepressants. Antidepressants have been the subject of much controversy in terms of their effectiveness, to the extent that in this study they were shown to be no more effective than a placebo in patients with mild to moderate symptoms, so there is much food for thought here on how best to tackle depression.
Natural ways to tackle depression
Depression is one of the most common things people come to see me about, and in general I recommend an approach based on the items listed below. Come and see me or get in touch to discuss your personal situation so that I can help you with this, or speak to another health practitioner.
- Assessing and correcting nutritional status, while also using specific herbs or homepoathics to tackle depression. (Contact me for help with this.)
- Eating real food: avoiding sugar, processed and junk foods, MSG, and grains.
- Optimize gut health by eating fermented foods as part of your daily diet.
- Get plenty of sleep.
- Ensure you get adequate exercise.
- De-stress as much as you can.
- De-clutter your life and your environment.
- Set goals and purposes in your life.
On this site, I aim is to provide well-researched information, in order to empower readers to make informed choices about their health and wellbeing. In both alternative and allopathic medicine new discoveries are being made and there are vast choices available to people, something to be mindful of. Nicholas Dale, Naturopath is not seeking to impose his views on readers, but rather encourage them to seek out any professional help they may need (in whatever form that may take) and discover what is best for them.
Information on this site should not be taken as medical guidance or advice. Readers should always consult personally with their healthcare provider. Information published on this site is not intended to act as a substitute for advice of medical professionals, and should not be taken as such.