Holistic Steps to Alleviate Depression
Step 1: Get a Probiotic, Omega 3& B-Complex
Balancing the gut flora and adding mood-elevating foods to boost mood, increase vital brain neurotransmitters, and reduce brain inflammation. Probiotics are critical since the nerve cells in our gut manufacture 80 to 90% of our serotonin — the neurotransmitter most responsible for depression (when deficient)! An adequate intake of probiotic foods as well as foods high in Omega 3’s, B12, B6, Folate, Selenium, Vitamins A, D, E, K, D, alpha-lipoic acid, and Tryptophan is essential.
Step 2: Light Therapy
A 2010 study in JAMA Psychiatry has shown that Bright Light Therapy (BLT) can be used for seasonal and non-seasonal depression. BLT improves mood, enhances sleep efficiency, and increases melatonin. BLT helps moderate Cortisol levels even after discontinuation of treatment.It also targets depression-associated neurotransmitter systems (serotonin, noradrenalin, and dopamine) and targets the same brain structures as antidepressant drug treatments. Get some sunlight 20 minutes a day or you can use modern technology, Photon Genius, which provides Full-Spectrum Light Therapy as well as FAR Infrared, Ionization, Noble Gases and Harmonic Frequency Therapy which balances neurotransmitters and hormones, increases Nitric Oxide levels, reduces inflammation, and improves brain blood flow and cellular communication.
Step 3: Release Trauma
In energy medicine depression is related to energetic blockage in the root, navel, solar plexus &spleen chakras. When vital life force Qi (chi) or Prana is depleted, depression will be experienced. Pranic Healing can remove traumas and energetic blockages so the body can self-heal and increase Qi to these areas. Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)is a form of psychological acupressure, based on energy meridians used in traditional acupuncture to treat physical and emotional ailments. It works to clear the "short-circuit" - the emotional block -- from your body's bioenergy system. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a psychotherapy treatment, which reduces distress associated with traumatic memories and works well on alleviating depression related to trauma.Repeated studies show that by using EMDR people can experience the benefits of psychotherapy that once took years to make a difference.
Step 4: Exercise & Music
Although it’s very difficult to find motivation to exercise in a depressed state, try peeling yourself off the couch and go for a walk with music. According to ethnomusicologists and musicians at Stanford's Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics, “rhythmic” music alters brain function and treatsneurological conditions, including depression.
The combination of music and exercise is great for depression by enhancing the action of endorphins and increasing neurotransmitter norepinephrine, directly improving mood.
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