Depression

3 Natural Alternatives to Antidepressants

…Alternatives to Antidepressants * Eat more anti-inflammatory foods. Research suggests that inflammation plays a role in mood disorders, particularly depression. Foods that quell inflammation include fatty fish like salmon and sardines; fruits and vegetables; and other natural, unprocessed foods. Phytonutrient…

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New Vitamin D Recommendations Are Misguided

…against: * Cancer * Heart disease * Hypertension * Peripheral artery disease * Type 2 diabetes * Multiple sclerosis * Rheumatoid arthritis * Asthma * Depression * Dementia * Autism * Falls and fractures * And more Vitamin D Recommendations Too Low The USPSTF admitted that in the largest study they reviewed—the…

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7 Signs and Symptoms of Hypothyroidism

Depression that won’t go away * Chronic constipation * Dry skin or thinning hair * Cold hands and feet If you complain to your conventional doctor about any of the above signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism, he may not think to check thyroid function. After all, lipid abnormalities, depression, constipation…

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Nutrient Spotlight: Benefits of B Vitamins

…deficiencies—as well as high levels of homocysteine—are linked with mood disorders. Although B-complex vitamins are not a stand-alone treatment for depression, they’re an important adjunct. * Stave off allergies and asthma. A research team at Johns Hopkins discovered that individuals with the lowest blood…

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Hope for Hepatitis C

…include, but are not limited to: flu-like symptoms, insomnia, thinning hair, muscle and joint pain, fatigue, and psychiatric problems, i.e. anxiety, depression, and intense irritability. Ribavirin has serious side effects as well, including hemolytic anemia, which is marked by the destruction of red blood…

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10 Reasons to Incorporate Green Tea Into Your Daily Routine

…stressful situations. * Lift your mood. One study found that older individuals who drink two or more cups of green tea per day are less likely to be depressed. * Keep your memory sharp. Drinking green tea has been linked to a lower risk of age-related mental decline. * Protect your bones. Green tea is also…

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Little-Known Health Benefits of Probiotics

…insulin sensitivity. Furthermore, some researchers found that people with type 2 diabetes have different gut bacteria than those without diabetes. * Depression and anxiety. Some research has found that when your gut bacteria are out of balance (dysbiosis), it can affect your mood. For example, anxiety gives…

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B-Complex Vitamins Reduce Work-Related Stress

…and harder than ever. Understandably, this means they’re being exposed to more stress and, as a result, are at increased risk of anxiety and depression. The good news is that taking B-complex vitamins can help. In a clinical trial, Australian researchers randomly divided employees into two groups…

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Ward Off Winter's Assaults With Vitamin D

…of vitamin D is in the optimal range. You may not realize what a toll the dark days of winter levy on our health. Cold and flu season arrives. Depression rates soar. Aches and pains, as well as autoimmune disorders, tend to flare up. Fracture incidence increases. Heart attack and death rates climb…

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Do You Have Low Thyroid Function?

…tests. Common Symptoms of Low Thyroid Function * Constipation * Dry skin * Hair loss * Slow heartbeat * Cold hands and feet * Slow wound healing * Depression * Memory disturbances * Difficulty concentrating Of even greater concern, hypothyroidism can contribute to an increased risk of heart attack, stroke…

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The Scary Truth About Halloween--and 5 Guilt-Free Treats

…reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease, improves insulin sensitivity, and lowers the risk of diabetes and some types of cancer, and fights depression and Alzheimer’s disease. 5. Beer. If beer is on tap at your holiday celebrations, go ahead and enjoy a mug. Not only is it okay, it’s a preventative…

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Caffeine Withdrawal...A Mental Disorder?!?

…Parkinson’s disease. * One study revealed that people who drank four or more cups of coffee per day had a 20 percent reduced risk of developing clinical depression. Diabetes Benefits of Coffee * Coffee is chock-full of polyphenols, antioxidants, fiber, and several other beneficial compounds. One important polyphenol—chlorogenic…

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Treatments for Depression

…Robin Williams earlier this summer shed light on the hidden battles we all face. Many folks suffer silently with depression, dysphoria (an emotional state marked by anxiety, depression, and restlessness), and other demons that the rest of us—even close family and friends—know nothing about. Let…

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Use Light Therapy for SAD

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a form of depression that occurs only in winter. Also referred to as the “winter blues,” SAD is accompanied by longer sleep, increased appetite and carbohydrate cravings, often with weight gain. It resolves in the spring or summer and then recurs as shorter days…

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Natural Treatments for Fibromyalgia

…the usual pain meds. Some doctors don’t think fibromyalgia is a real disease, and others believe it’s merely a physical reaction to stress, depression or anxiety, which explains why antidepressants and other psychotropic drugs are often prescribed. I certainly don’t have all the answers, but I…

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Diabesity Challenge Tip: Dealing With Holiday Stress

Stress is synonymous with the holiday season. Crowded shops, stretched budgets, and houseguests take their toll, and depression, anxiety, and emotional eating are unfortunate yet common responses. Thankfully, Mother Nature has provided something to help us get through this demanding time of year—an…

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6 Surprising Benefits of Vitamin D

…less vitamin D, the worse the arthritis. * Testosterone levels. Low testosterone levels are a known risk factor for several conditions including depression, fatigue, weight gain, bone loss, metabolic syndrome, and reduced libido. A study from the Harvard School of Public Health found that higher levels…

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Fish Oil's Role in Managing Diabetes

Fish oil, which contains the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA, is powerful medicine for disorders ranging from heart disease and depression to arthritis and autoimmune disorders. EPA is particularly beneficial for the cardiovascular system, as it discourages blood platelets from sticking together, relaxes…

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Do You Need Blood Sugar Testing Every Day?

…Medical Journal found that regular self-monitoring of glucose levels was associated with lower quality of life, increased costs and higher rates of depression. What’s worse is that this obsessive blood-sugar testing did not result in better glycemic control. (For study details, see links above.) Testing…

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Routine Testing of Blood Sugar Levels is Not Necessary

…that self-monitoring of blood sugar levels did not improve glucose control but was associated with higher costs, lower quality of life, and more depression. I believe a much better test of your blood sugar level is the hemoglobin A1C (HbA1C) test. Whereas a finger stick gives you a snapshot of your blood…

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Microcurrent Therapy: Pain Relief That REALLY Works

…(musculoskeletal, fibromyalgia, neuropathy, etc.), FSM is an effective treatment for a surprisingly wide range of conditions, including anxiety, depression, gastrointestinal complaints, and insulin resistance. The premise behind FSM, according to leading authority Dr. Carolyn McMakin, is that all cells…

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