March 30, 2011
The following symptoms are typical of a person suffering from depression; lack of interest in activities that are normally enjoyed, constant feelings of fatigue, changes in sleep and weight patterns, low self esteem and feelings of guilt, poor concentration and thoughts of suicide. These feeling can manifested themselves to anyone at one time in our everyday lives, but if a few combination of these signs are experienced for more than two weeks, then there is reason enough for a person to be diagnosed with some form of depression disorder.
Causes of depression vary; with some people even arguing that the cause is not known. But the most common causes are;
- Inherited or a learned behavior that runs in the family. If these kinds of people are exposed to stressful life, they are likely to get depressed as compared to others.
- Abuse of drugs and alcohol
- It can also be triggered by some medical conditions
- In adolescents it is common because of low self esteem and pressure associated with the stress of maturing.
Using natural remedies and daily exercises has proved very effective in managing depression. People prone to depression should keep their blood sugar levels even. Sudden upward spikes in blood sugar levels can be caused by eating sweet or starchy foods such as pasta, potatoes, pastries, sweets, fizzy drinks and juice. The danger in these kinds of food is that they have empty calories that leave a person craving and exited for more, this quickly drops the blood sugar level and chances of triggering depression at this point are extremely high. When eating low glycemic carbohydrates and quality fats and protein, the body does not experience blood sugar swings therefore no overreactions.
Exercising produces endorphin a hormone which is known to promote feelings of excitement while reducing feelings of depression and anxiety. Endorphin is synthesized during aerobics activities such as running. This automatically tells us why exercise is such an important stress reducer and therefore good for people struggling with depression.
Excess fat has a direct impact on depression. The thymus gland influences the production of stress hormones. If a person produces too many stress hormones they tend to calm themselves with food that will give them short term mood and energy boosts. After the initial rise in serotonin (the “feel good” hormone), levels drop resulting in a vicious cycle of possible depression. This can be tamed by exercising and eating food rich in fiber which controls the absorption of foods and controls the blood sugar levels.
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