Friday, May 16, 2008

Treat Your Depression Naturally!

Don't take antidepressants unless you really need them. Millions of Americans succumb to taking drugs for their mental ailments without earnestly trying other routes. Here are some great alternatives to taking pills:
  • Get outside twenty minutes a day, or more if possible. Don't stay sitting in one position longer than about 30 minutes at a time before redirecting your focus to something else. If you work in an office or a cubicle, get up and walk around every so often. Get some water, or have a healthy snack. Go outside for fresh air for five or ten minutes.
  • Engage in some type of exercise that gets your heart rate and breathing up 3 to 5 times per week for at least 30 minutes at at time.
  • Don't smoke, take drugs, or overindulge in alcoholic beverages. Studies show that people who use these substances tend to have more depression and mental issues.
  • Eat healthy foods. Don't cave in to sugary, processed junk or snacks when your body needs real, natural, organic foods with whole fats, lots of fiber, protein, and nutrients. Eat lots of vegetables, moderate amounts of fruits, and moderate amounts of whole grain (sprouted) breads. Eat grass-fed, natural meats. Eat wild-caught fish.
  • Make meals regular and have small snacks inbetween.
  • Drink plenty of filtered water.
  • Get plenty of sleep. Go to bed by 10:30 p.m. and don't sleep later than 7 a.m.
  • Seek alternative health care options for various issues you might be experiencing - among good choices are: chiropractic, acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine, reflexology, massage, naturopathic care, nutritional therapy, or yoga classes.
Stay healthy mentally, and you'll be healthy physically as well. It's all connected!

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