The pain relieving expert gives a hint: Depression. Feeling drained. Being exhausted all day long. Alternative treatment approaches.
Worldwide, 350 million people suffer from depression. I’m sure there are a few people from Ireland among them. The first recommended treatment is, usually, a combination of antidepressants and psychotherapy. There are good reasons to reconsider taking antidepressants as they can increase the risk of other health problems. Are there alternatives?
Study from 2011: In this study of 513 veteran twins, it was found that antidepressant use led to greater intima-media thickness of the carotid artery (the lining of the main arteries in the neck that deliver blood to the brain). In addition, antidepressant use may also be associated with an increased risk of heart attack, especially for users of tricyclic antidepressants. (36% increase).
The drugs are also known to deplete various nutrients from the body, including coenzyme Q10 and vitamin B12 – in the case of tricyclic antidepressants.
Alternative treatment: Magnesium preparations (I already mentioned the resorption of Mg2 in the body). Only so much Mg2 oxide and Mg2 carbonate – is not the best choice when it comes to improved absorption).
Result of study from 06/2017: Magnesium supplements led to improvement in mild to moderate depression in adults (as early as 14 days after starting).
Omega 3 fats
Just this much in advance, my personal opinion: one capsule every 2 days is far too little. More realistic is 5-10g every day. B Vitamins (Low levels of B vitamins are common in patients with depression. Vitamin B supplements have been shown to improve symptoms). Study of 9,700 male vegetarians, including a small number of vegans.
This is about the things, you can top up. What can be left out? What you can reduce?
Another study with men showed the following: Men who consumed more than 67 grams of sugar per day were 23 per cent more likely to develop anxiety or depression over five years. (Than those whose sugar consumption was less than 40 grams per day, for example). The aspartame in many diet sodas contains the amino acid phenylalanine, which can interfere with serotonin production.Just sitting on the coutch, just leave that out.
A study (over 11 years) showed that people who exercised regularly for one hour a week (that’s 9 minutes a day!!) were less likely to become depressed. I hope I could give you some new food for thought.
Many sucess on your way. And stay strong.
(Important: Discontinuing and changing medication for depression or burn-out should always be done in consultation with the doctor treating you. Self-treatment is always at your own risk).