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(NaturalNews) The toughest part about beating depression is not wanting to get better. Depression, itself, becomes a kind of release when there is no other way to let go of emotional pain. Intellectually you know it has to stop, but it can be hard to claw your way back. When someone has been depressed for a long time, it is very difficult to reverse the mental state. The brain is wired to feel depressed. Conventional medicine does not offer a cure for depression. The most prescription drugs can do for people is dull the pain, which dulls everything else too. Here are steps you can take to alleviate depression naturally.


Start a journal. Write every day. Highlight anything in particular that is significantly bothering you. When you have good days, review a few of the highlighted issues and think about what you can do to resolve them.

If you have a very overwhelming traumatic memory, learn about neuro linguistic programming (NLP), in particular, the Visual-Kinesthetic Dissociation Technique for phobias (see the last source at the end). It alters perspectives very nicely. Remember, life is all about perspective, focus, and the choices we make as a result. NLP can adjust our perspective.

Keep a to do list and stay busy! Add good things to your to do list, like exercising, meditation, getting grounded, reading fiction, reading for knowledge, making healthy food, spending time with your family, etc. Remember what's most important in life.


Many studies and scientific reviews show the effects of exercise, including endorphin release, hormone correction, detoxification, and healing. While it's the hardest thing to do when you're depressed, exercise is going to help.

Yoga, Tai Chai, martial arts, running, swimming in a non-chlorinated water, and bicycling are great. Squats with or without weights are the best.


The brain is an organ. Think of it like the liver, the kidneys, and the heart. All of our organs can become bogged down in toxins and not function very well. Anyone who is depressed has a brain that's not working well. Cut out alcohol and any other drugs. Drugs are toxins, and any toxins, especially drugs we use to get high or reduce pain, will worsen depression in the long run.

There is a strong connection with gut flora health and our brains. Detoxifying, killing candida, and eating right repairs the colon, allowing proper synthesizing of vital hormones and assimilation of vitamins.


It's time to eat lots of vegetables - raw, fresh, and organic whenever possible. A depressed mind is a mind without enough B vitamins. One very common reason for not having enough B vitamins is candida, which can inhibit the development and the assimilation of B vitamins within the intestinal tract.


With the right nutrition, high quality, deep, restorative, and healing sleep is much easier to come by. It may take time, but it will come. If you suffer from insomnia, go camping if you can. Leave or turn off the cell phone. This can remove distractions and electromagnetic fields that disrupt hormones and sleep patterns. It can also facilitate grounding.


B vitamins, balanced minerals, and healthy fats are imperative for anyone dealing with depression. The brain is mostly fat. Your body needs balanced and healthy fats to assimilate B vitamins properly.

A detox is also a great way to help heal and reset the body and to give you something to focus on that shows relatively fast results. It can be a nice stepping-stone to making natural health a hobby. Make sure your detox addresses candida and parasites, since both can cause and fuel serious mental health problems.


If you suffer from depression, or you travel frequently, or you get stressed too often/easily, or you suffer from insomnia, grounding will be a huge benefit. And if you don't suffer from any of the aforementioned, grounding will still be a huge benefit for you. And while you're at it, get some sunlight too.


Finding the motivation to make it through a depressing time in a healthy way can be extremely difficult, but it's well worth it. If you'd like to read a personal story about overcoming depression naturally, and what steps where taken to overcome it, check out I'm Depressed, and How to be Happy. See the first source for more on B vitamins and the second for a good detox resource.









About the author:
Allene Edwards first became interested in alternative medicine and holistic treatment modalities when she successfully used diet therapy to manage her children�s ADHD. Later when she became chronically ill with an auto-immune disease that multiple doctors could not identify, much less cure, she successfully treated both the symptoms and the cause through naturopathic treatment and nutrition. She is the Managing Editor of Organic Lifestyle Magzine and a regular contributor.

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