Natural Ways to Treat Depression

· June 27, 2014

We can naturally fight depression by eating certain foods and supplements that nourish and regulate our nervous system. Find out about them here!

Depression is a mental disorder, in which one feels discouraged, unhappy, and guilty, making it incredibly difficult to enjoy everyday life.

On top of going to a psychiatrist who can create a detailed, personalized treatment plan, you can also try these foods which act as natural antidepressants, as they nourish and regulate your nervous system, thereby acting as positive reinforcements to the whole process.

Today we want to share these foods with you and give you advice on how to naturally fight depression.

Natural antidepressants

Eating chocolate increases levels of seratonin, a substance absent in periods of depression.
Eating chocolate increases levels of seratonin, a substance absent in periods of depression.

Some of these nutrients can be taken as supplements, according to specialists.

Other foods recommended for depression are oats, beans, mandarin oranges, chestnuts, watercress, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds.

You can also use infusions of tutsan, ginger, rosemary, liquorice, and oregano.

And what should you avoid?

  • Excess meat
  • Saturated fats
  • Aspartame (an artificial sweetener)
  • Artificial colorants
  • Bleached sugar
  • Sweets
  • Soda
  • Alcohol
  • Coffee
  • Black tea

Likewise, you can enjoy the antidepressant qualities of the following essential oils for aromatherapy:

  • Oregano
  • Lavender
  • Chamomile
  • Bergamot
  • Geranium
  • Jasmine
  • Lemon
  • Sandalwood
  • Mandarin
  • Lemon balm
  • Orange
  • Neroli
  • Petitgrain
  • Pomelo
  • Salvia clara
  • Lemon verbena

These oils offer benefits simply by their scent. Once you have decided on an essential oil you can use it in an aromatic diffuser, mix it into your moisturizer, apply it to your clothes, or whatever else occurs to you.

Treat your emotions

According to some therapies, in the majority of cases of depression it’s necessary to look for the origin of the problem; there is usually some form of conflict. Perhaps someone is doing something that they don’t want to or perhaps there’s an accumulation of anger or stress. To treat these emotional problems, we recommend homeopathy and Bach flowers, since they have no side effects or negative interactions with any medication, and they can be taken at any age.

Other useful practices

In today’s world, psychic imbalances are becoming more and more common, especially among younger people. One of the major factors is lack of contact with nature. It’s good to know that the color green can naturally calm us, and sunbathing is especially helpful when you’re not feeling well.

Some people intuitively feel the need to be surrounded by nature, but others don’t, especially those who live in big cities. In reality, we must all spend time in natural environments in order to feel our best, so try to escape from time to time!

Take some time out of your day to clear your mind and relax. Going for a walk in the woods is a great option.
Take some time out of your day to clear your mind and relax. Going for a walk in the woods is a great option.

Another factor that influences depression is breathing. We tend to think of breathing as a means of survival and nothing more, but every cell in your body needs oxygen, and sometimes we don’t get enough when we’re in a stressful situation. It’s important to learn to breathe correctly, which is why you should try some type of physical therapy that focuses on improving the breath, i.e. yoga, tai-chi, anti-gymnastics, and Feldenkrais method.

Exercising regularly is another way to improve your breathing and generate endorphins–the happiness hormone. Many people believe that exercise is necessary only to maintain a healthy weight, but humans have always had to exercise. In the past, people were always exercising in order to survive, though today it is much more about physical aesthetics. However, at the end of the day, exercise is vital for your physical and mental health.