Natural remedies are the safest alternative to any form of medical treatment. If you're experiencing symptoms of depression, but not sure if you want to rely only on prescription medications you might want to know more about natural treatments for depression. There are several things you can do to reduce your depression using natural remedies.
Herbal remedies offer some relief for people suffering from depression. Most commonly, St. John's Wort and SAMe are used for helping people to see a reduction of symptoms. SAMe is a chemical that is found naturally in the body. It can also be made in the laboratory.
It's important that if you take these herbs, you don't combine them with other prescription antidepressants or take them together. It's always best if you see a healthcare provider before you start taking these. A physician or naturopath can help you to determine the best herbs and dosage to take. Many doctors are more accepting of research that supports these herbal therapies.
2Fish Oil Supplements
Fish oil is another supplement that's been found to help treat depression. Studies done where antidepressants and fish oil were compared show that fish oil can be as effective as an antidepressant. You'll need to take high-quality fish oil and take it regularly to get the benefit. It will also need to be in your system for at least a month before you feel it working at its highest levels. Fish oil can also help to improve your heart health by lowering your cholesterol.
Sometimes people feel depressed because of vitamin deficiencies. You may need more B vitamins or vitamin D. Supplements for these vitamins can help you to feel better. Talk with your doctor to get a blood test to determine if you have deficiencies.
It may seem too good to be true, but exercise can be used as a treatment for depression. Several studies have shown that the effect of exercise can be as good as using pharmaceutical medication. You'll need to get some exercise daily to get this benefit.
A thirty-minute walk is enough to give you the results. It can take several weeks to notice that you really feel better, but once you get the effect, you'll notice that your depression has lifted. Exercise also improves your overall health.
Jackie Wing is an Alaska native who enjoys snowboarding more than is probably socially acceptable. She lives in Anchorage with her two dogs Reese and Peanut or as she likes to call them Thing 1 and Thing 2.