Do I Have Depression? – How To Treat Depression Naturally


Hello everyone, Dr. Jason West coming at
you with a hundred and two years of healing, we’re going to talk about
depression because it’s normal for people to go, you know, kind of like this,
we just want to make sure that you’re not going like this and you know what? For a
lot of people, they’re doing it to themselves on accident, they don’t even
know that they’re doing it, definitely there’s a time and a place for anxiety
medicines and depression medicines but there’s also a time and a place where it
may not be needed and that’s what this video is about, how to take control of
your health, how to remove barriers from healing and how to achieve and maintain
optimal health. Here it is. This video is about how to treat depression naturally
and we want to talk about what is depression, if you have depression, do you
need a prescription, the natural treatments for depression and after
watching the video, we’ll talk about the last two decades have witnessed a huge
increase in depression diagnosis. At present, one in ten Americans takes an
antidepressant medication and many of those individuals are taking multiple
prescriptions to treat more than one psychiatric illness. Few people will even
raise an eyebrow anymore about hearing about a friend or a family member being
diagnosed with depression and it’s been my experience that most profound healing
outcomes occur, not with pharmaceutical interventions but with a holistic
approach where you’re talking about balancing the emotions, doing mind body
healing, putting the right building blocks in the body and practicing
forgiveness. Now there’s a whole bunch of different segments and offshoots of this
video but this talks about the natural methods to not only help curb symptoms
of depression but also to address the fundamental causes of the condition and
by consciously deciding to make lifestyle choices that promote physical,
mental, and emotional health, we can create a mind-body balance that allows
us to access the more vital tools for preventing and reversing depression. It
all starts with nutrition. Recent estimates are about that half people
diagnosed a suffering from depression could obtain relief simply by having
underlying physical disease identified and treated. See when you don’t feel good
and you’re in pain, it makes it easier to be depressed and
then are you depressed because you’re in pain or because you’re having pain
because you’re depressed, it’s a vicious cycle and among the conditions I have
discovered that will cause hormone fluctuations that will manifest as
depressive or anxiety causing symptoms these include thyroid problems,
malnutrition pain problems, electromagnetic sensitivity problems,
allergies, a lack of quality of sleep, a nutrient deficiency or chronic
unremitting stress and there are many doctors that within the orthomolecular
movement, which is the functional medicine world, who see things this way
and yet most people continue to go see a psychiatrist or psychologist right off
the bat and get into the standard therapeutic models. Now that’s
appropriate for some people but I’ve seen a lot of people respond to taking
control of their health by putting the right systems in their body or right
processes in the body and by managing their stress levels. I also have a great
deal of concern with things like Prozac and Zoloft and Paxil because I think
they have a tendency to get over prescribed, they’re really really
important when needed but many times there’s some other interventions that
can really help people’s health. What I like to try with depression and anxiety
or cyclic moods disorders or your ups and downs that are associated with blood
sugar and nutritional fluctuations is to try the least invasive approach first
and there have been studies have shown that the natural derivatives of things
like folic acid or methylfolate or GABA or glycerophospholipid to be effective as an antidepressant drug therapies which they’re being compared to. Now this supports a claim that
nutritional oriented doctors including nature paths and functional medicine
doctors have been making for many years because folic acid, as prescribed in mega
doses, appears to help people. Glycerophospholipid or TPH or Phosphatidylserine really
helps people and these are natural building blocks for their
neurotransmitters and the nerve health. Another breakthrough is the amino acid
tryptophan can be another key substance of the treatment of depression. Now
according to Dr. William Goldwag, trips event helps raise the levels of serotonin, a
naturally occurring chemical in the brain that has been found to be
abnormally low in depressed people and we’ve learned about serotonin from
experiments and when certain drugs that preserve it from being destroyed in the
brain seem to work for some antidepressants. That’s why they’re
called SSRI’s, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. The theory is that,
whatever can supply or aid the serotonin factor will help depression and some
foods that contain tryptophan like turkey can act as an antidepressant and
it’s found abundantly in milk as well. Now tryptophan is a precursor to prozac
and other drugs like it and the drugs to amplify this activity of serotonin in
the brain but tryptophan is a natural substance which the brain manufactures
its own serotonin and so it gives the brain its own building blocks to make
the brain healthy. In controlled studies, it was found consistently to be as
effective as antidepressant drugs that were available. Now 5htp is another
compound which is a little bit closer to serotonin, it seems to be even more
effective than tryptophan and while milk and turkey as well as kiwi fruit, figs,
dates are good sources of tryptophan, there are plenty of foods that should be
avoided. The first step in eating a brain healthy diet is to eliminate fast foods,
simple carbohydrates, cake and one of the most common common sins that we have is
we in the breakfast, we take a piece of bread
we put fat on it and sugar on, we turn it into cake but it’s really toast with jam.
Be careful with that. It’s also really important to avoid bagels in the morning
because bagels actually can have as much sugar as soda pop and so people are
running out the door and they get an orange juice and a bagel and a yogurt,
they think they’re eating healthy, it’s like throwing a big source of gasoline
on a fire, it flares up you get all this energy then it dies down and you crash.
So a diet to eliminate fast food, simple carbs, alcohol, artificial sweeteners,
gluten, fried foods, white flour products, caffeine, and meat-based diet can really
really help. This is challenging, it’s hard, if you don’t have to do it on every
case and in many cases, if you’ll get your body on this proper sleep schedule,
you’ll get enough water into the system, what will happen is, you can have a really
nice stabilizing effect on your motion. Now to prevent and combat depression,
your diet should contain lots of organic non-gmo fruits and vegetables, brown rice,
millet, beans and essential fatty acids or protein. Placebo-controlled research
conducted with medicated patients suggests that adding omega-3 fatty acids,
particularly EPA may ameliorate symptoms of major depressive disorder. Your nerves
and your brains are fats, if we put the right fats in your system and improve
the insulation, it improves brain health. At all cost, you need to avoid fried
foods and fast food like hamburgers and french fries, these foods are high in
saturated fats that block arteries and the small blood vessels interfering with
blood flow to the nerve structure. Your blood cells become sticky, they clump
together and you feel like you’re always running a marathon and it leads to poor
cerebral circulation, brain fog, dementia, forgetfulness, and transient global
amnesia. Depressed people that are attracted to sugar and caffeine because
of the initial lift it provides, they’re always looking for a crutch.
Sugar does stimulate the serotonin levels which in turn temporarily
improves your mood but this initial surge and then you have the crash and
the reason behind the initial boost is it’s all quick energy, it’s not
sustainable energy, it does not have to be digested and it passes directly into
the bloodstream where it dramatically raises the blood sugar, over stimulates the
pancreas to produce too much insulin. The excessive insulin then causes the sugar
levels to plummet and within half an hour of consuming a sugary snack, your
blood sugar levels will drop to very low levels allowing the fatigue the hyper
irritability, the anxiety to creep in and with people that have anxiety, usually
there’s some rebound melancholy in your depression and so if we normalize that
teeter-totter and minimize it, it helps your overall emotional health. With these
feelings present, the person seeks another bruise from sugar resulting in
another vicious cycle. So if you start off your morning with sugar, you’re
usually getting sugar all throughout the day. Now an increasing large body of
evidence shows that junk food diet can be exact a heavy toll on our emotional
well-being. A long-term study appearing the Journal of public health nutrition
in 2001 observe that people commonly ate fast
foods and processed foods were 51% more likely to suffer from
depression than those who rarely or never indulge in these foods.The study’s
data reflected a dose-dependent relationship meaning that more unhealthy
staples one consumes, the more risk is for developing depression. These findings
are consistent with the 2009 analysis by British researchers that produced a
clear link between diet and depression. It was published in the British Journal
of Psychiatry and the study concluded that people who consumed a diet high in
foods such as fried foods, processed foods, processed meat, refined grains, and
sweets were 58% more likely to experience depression compared to those
who consumed a diet rich in fruits and vegetables.
Now the millennial old practice of Tai Chi which is a way to center the energy
in your body was shown to effectively combat major depression. In seniors, at a
recent study at scientists at UCLA and these findings were published in the
American Journal of geriatric psychiatry indicating the elderly patients
diagnosed with the condition saw remarkable improvements after practicing
and westernized version of the Chinese martial art. Again, movement is life.
Movement is important. The study compared the outcomes of the two groups of
seniors receiving the standard depression treatment, one group engaged
in two hours of tai chi classes weekly, while the other group spent the same
amount of time attending health education class.
Both groups realized the notable improvements but the Tai Chi group
experienced significantly better improvement in memory, cognition, and
quality of life and had reduced levels of depression. Speaking in the interview,
the study’s lead author, Dr. Levitsky remarked, “With Tai Chi would be
able to treat these conditions without exposing patients to additional
medications.” Now what all of that means really is if you take good care of
yourself, if you go to bed consistently, you get the right stuff into your body,
the right building blocks, avoid nutritional deficient foods like fast
foods, it can really have effect on depression. Managing your sugar levels
are absolutely key and so let’s talk about some natural things that you can
do for depression. So number one, essential fatty acids 6,000 to 8,000 milligrams. I like ultimate Omega from Natures NX,
there’s a whole bunch of really good essential fatty acid products on the
market, you want to make sure that your liver and your gallbladder is
functioning really well because that helps to multiply the fats and get the
building blocks for the insulation around the nerves in your body and then
managing sugar levels by eating consistently, eating proteins, eating fats,
eating complex carbohydrates and then supporting the pancreas, you can do that
through a glandular approach, you can all do that through a product called blood
sugar all in one, you can do that through spices like cinnamon and if you eat
small consistent meals, you’ll avoid the roller coaster impact that is really
really difficult on blood sugar levels which causes anxiety and depression and
those are some treatment considerations, management of depression naturally. I
almost forgot one of the most important things to do with motional health, with
physical health is the ability to forgive. Now forgive doesn’t mean that
you completely let go anything that anybody has done that is wrong. One of
the best books I’ve ever read is Forgive For Love And Forgive For good, your
prescription to health and happiness. I really encourage you to read the book,
it’s all about how to not let people get inside your inner circle or your inner
dynamic or inner health and allow those emotions to throw off your karma, your
chant, your Chi, your it or your ego. Wonderful book talking about how
important that forgiveness is for your overall health and how it’s so critical
in your emotions. You should really check the book out. Forgive for good, forgive for love. Thanks for watching the video on how to treat depression
naturally, some considerations for lifestyle modification, some natural
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