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Natural Recovery from Depression

Oct 01, 2015 10:22PM
Dr. Piamas Puatrakul 

Depression can occur when you lose sight of your passion and purpose in life.  Love yourself enough to take the actions required for your happiness. Emotional and physical healing begins with self-love and compassion. Practice mindfulness to observe your thoughts to see if they come from a place of self-criticism or self-love. Make a conscious effort to practice positive self-talk and gratitude. Focus on the things that you enjoy each day, and be around supportive uplifting people.

Nutritional deficiencies can affect your mood. Before you decide to take prescription medications for depression, check to see if you have a nutritional deficiency. Deficiencies in vitamin B-3, B-6, folic acid, zinc and magnesium, have been linked to depression. Include serotonin-rich foods and foods with omega-3 fatty acids in your diet. There is evidence that EPA, a type of omega-3 fatty acid, is a natural antidepressant. Investigate food intolerances, and consider a food allergy test for gluten, dairy, soya, yeast and eggs. If you have a food intolerance and you are not aware of it, your body and mood will be affected when you ingest these foods.

Natural herbs that have been taken for depression are turmeric and saffron. St. John’s Wort and SAMe are popular herbs taken for depression, but they can interact with several medications. Let your doctor and pharmacist know about any herbs and supplements that you are taking to make sure that there are no interactions with medications.

Dr. Piamas Puatrakul is a Natural Health Pharmacist, and offers a limited number of free initial consultations each month. She addresses physical imbalances, along with mental-emotional factors that impact overall health. Call 301-760-6924 to schedule a free consultation.  For more information visit LotusHealthAndHealing.org.

 

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