Health Tip – Jan. 24 – Natural Ways to Treat Depression
In addition to seeing a therapist and following your doctor’s recommendations, there are some natural ways to treat depression.
For rapid benefits in alleviating depression, there is no better method than regular aerobic exercise. I recommend 30 minutes of continuous physical activity, at least five days a week for best results.
Check out all your meds. Make sure you are not taking any over-the-counter or prescription medications that may contribute to depression.
Try cutting out or at least cutting back on caffeine. Addiction to coffee and other forms of caffeine often interferes with normal moods and can aggravate depression.
Try acupuncture. This modality has proven itself to be very useful in treating several mood disorders, including depression.
Try meditation. This eastern tradition requires long-term commitment and does not produce immediate results, but can help get to the root of depression.
In addition, follow a well-balanced diet, include an antioxidant multi-vitamin/mineral supplement to ensure you are meeting your nutritional needs for all the essential nutrients; consider B vitamins, especially folic acid and vitamin B6, along with fish oil (try 1,000 – 2,000 mg per day), all of which can be helpful in supporting optimal mood.