Depression including anxiety affects one in five grown-ups on average every year. It is twice more common in women than men.
There are different triggers, which may cause depression. Some of them are stress, poor diet, nutritional deficiencies, lack of exercise, lack of sleep, hormonal disbalance and food intolerances.
It is best to consult your doctor if you are feeling depressed, however I would highly recommend to pay attention on the following, before reaching out for anti-depressants:
Most of the people experience much more stress than their grandparents and the level of stress is growing. Think of how you could reduce the level of your stress today. Write a list of things that make you stressed and think which ones are the easiest ones to change.
Make a food diary for 4 to 7 days, writing down everything you eat and drink. Try to analyse it yourself. Remember that we need to drink plenty of water (not less than 6 glasses a day) and eat at least 5-7 portions of fresh vegetables and fruits a day (the more the better). If you consume processed foods, make a plan to reduce them gradually to occasional treat.
Movement is important not only for people who want to lose weight, but for every human being. You do not need to run the marathon or jump with a parachute. Having a 20 minute walk a day can already make a big difference. Just start with something. It can be a nice walk at the seaside or in the woods, think of inviting a friend to join you, if you feel lonely. Think of other activities you enjoyed as a child: swimming, playing football, dancing or cycling.
Sleep is much more important than we use to think. The earlier we go to bed, the healthier we will be. During the night, while we are having rest, our body is working hard, for example it cleanses and rejuvenates. If you experience troubles with falling asleep, my article “How to get a good night’s sleep” could help.
One of the most common causes of depression is food intolerances. I would highly recommend checking yourself for allergies. There is a big variety of tests available out there, which differ in approach and price. I am offering a bioresonance test, this is completed only with your hair sample. Please contact me, if you would like to know more.
So what nutrients you should pay on attention first?
This is the best probiotic on the market I found so far. It is suitable for everyone, including vegans.
Also you might investigate about 5 Hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP). It increases the production of serotonin. This should not be used with any antidepressants. This could be purchased from a healthy shop.
Changing the habits is not an easy task, but it is worth it and believe me, you can make it.