This has become so prevalent these days and I have noticed that for the past few years there has been an increase in patients presenting with very high stress levels – including quite a lot of children and especially high school children who are mainly worrying about their Exams.
All this stress and worry can often develop into depression as the coping mechanisms become so over-loaded and then some people find themselves unable to snap out of their depressed moods. They often lay awake at night worrying about things too much. In the morning they get up tired, irritable and unable to cope with their daily routine.
Many of these people are unwilling to go onto medication for their problem as the side effects and long term use of this type of medication can be quite awful for them and most difficult to come off down the track. It can also lead to a lifetime problem. The following suggestions are a natural safe way of dealing with the problem.
The evidence for Acupuncture as a treatment for stress and/or depression is growing as more and more studies are being carried out. So far, several case series and controlled & uncontrolled trials have shown very good results. Acupuncture is also showing good promise at preventing relapse, as it is known that depressed patients often have low serotonin levels. By balancing the body’s energies, a lot of help will be experienced by the patient.
Correctly Formulated Herbal Medicine:
This has been found to be of great assistance with Worry & Depression and many trials have been conducted using Herbal formulae and placebos. The results from the Herbal remedies were very impressive and show a very good improvement in health for those willing to take them.
Also I have had good success using Homeopathic Remedies especially when I combined them with Herbal Remedies.
At this Clinic, Herbal Medicine can be either in liquid form and made as an individual formula for you, or you can choose a Herbal Formula using dried powdered herbs made into capsules, as some people find these easier to take. All our herbs are organically grown and the liquid ones are made with organic apple cider vinegar – with the ‘mother’ in it.
Good Food & Nutrition:
This is of great importance as depressed people generally don’t eat very well. Often they can’t be motivated enough to make anything but the easiest of meals and also have lots of takeaways. Unfortunately this only makes their condition worse, but getting past their mental state is very difficult for them.
Such as regular walking, yoga, tai chi, gym work etc. oxygenates the body and releases endorphins which assists in the feeling of well being. Being in a group of friendly people can also lift the mental energies so try to make friends at the Gym sessions or the other exercise classes and when walking invite a friend or two to go with you.
Quite often worried and depressed people also need help from family and friends to get them out of this depressed state. Gently but firmly take them in hand to encourage them to go for their walk – or go with them yourself. If they are not eating properly then make sure that they begin to eat good quality food and discourage them from getting takeaways.
Sometimes depression is a cry for help and who knows…one day we may need help too.
Several of my Clients have sought my advice and asked me to do a blog post on the latest trends of the 5/2 Diet, No Sugar Diet and Juicing Daily Diet + the Juicer & recipe book. Many have tried one or more of these and some have not had very good results. They have been left with stomach and bowel upsets, fatigue, bad tempers (which is often caused by upset livers) etc..
First of all, there is no diet that is any good for you unless it provides all the main needs of the body. In other words it should contain protein, fresh healthy vegetables, salads, fruit, and a few of the healthier carbohydrates.
I have to say that the 5/2 Diet appears to be ok as long as people do not go overboard with the days when they are allowed to eat plenty and then starve themselves on the other days. When you are eating plenty then it should be the best quality food you can buy and balanced between protein, carbohydrate and vegetables, salads and fruit.
Our stomach and bowels like to have a steady and regular supply of food and drink and it throws out the balance of stomach acids, bile and the central nervous system if the amounts change greatly on a regular scale.
The No Sugar Diet can be taken too far and some of the people I know look anorexic but find themselves unable to stop. It seems to take over the brain – but I have also seen some successes with it too. I think most people eat far too much sugars and carbohydrates and cutting out a lot of the excess should be beneficial. Of course, some people take things too far and become fanatical about it, but done with a balanced mind and attitude I feel that this could be very beneficial.
The Juicing Diet which is given with a recipe book supplied with one of the Juicing machines has caused a few problems. The illustrations look very mouth-watering and a lot of the people who have bought these juicers start to make the illustrated juices daily and some make them 2 3 times a day. The illustrations show raw spinach at the bottom of the juicer.
A word of caution to everyone who does juicing…….
Did you know that raw spinach contains oxalic acid, an organic substance that can interfere with the absorption of essential nutrients like calcium and iron? Oxalic acid binds with calcium, making it unavailable for use by our bodies. It also attaches to quite a few other vital nutrients, and long-term consumption of foods high in oxalic acid can lead to nutrient deficiencies. The good news is that oxalic acid is broken down upon heating, so there is no loss of nutrients if we eat steamed or sautéed spinach.
Too much juicing of fruits can also be dangerous because of the high sugar content. The Chinese use a lot of watermelon which is made up mainly of water and a little natural sugar. If you include watermelon in your juices it will give you a nice amount of juice with much less sugar so you will need less of the other fruits to make a full glass of juice. This will help to balance out the excess sugar which is in most fruit juices.
If you are interested in more information on safe dieting, book a consultation with Freda Dunn qualified nutritionist on +61 7 5449 1811.