It is a fact that anxiety and depression are rising at an alarming rate and affecting many people, especially in the developed world. If unchecked on time, they will become the prevalent killer diseases soon.
The worst thing is that the current conventional medication is addressing the symptoms of these two health issues and not the cause. The best approach should be getting to the root cause of them and undercutting them before they culminate in worst conditions.
Anxiety and depression are two different health issues, but they exude almost the same symptoms. In their early stages, they can be overlooked since they happen to subside on their own. However, they are a concern when they become chronic and also when slight drawbacks easily trigger them.
What are Causes of Anxiety and depression?
Lifestyle and diet leading to fast life and fast foods are listed to be the top causes of these two health issues. This kind of lifestyle and fast foods such as fried foods will cause low blood sugar. The low blood sugar will produce ‘fight-or-flight’ response (sympathetic nervous system) which will then cause adrenaline to be pumped into the blood. Adrenaline is the main culprit for having anxiety. Apart from this, what can be another root cause of anxiety or depression?
- Hormone imbalance
- Neurotransmitter imbalance
- Nutrition deficiency
- Food allergies
- Dealing with trauma
Even though these are the common causes of the two health issues, there are other major ones like dealing with more serious medical problems like dementia, cancer, Parkinson’s, after-stroke disability and others. In most cases, the mental crisis happens to the middle-age when they have to deal with these medical problems which prevent them from leading their normal active life.
Holistic treatment for both anxiety and depression is the only effective way of dealing with these health issues.
Holistic remedies for anxiety and depression
Treating symptoms for both anxiety and depression is not dealing with them once and for all. It is postponing or suppressing them to erupt again at another time. The complete healing comes by dealing with the whole person holistically from their social factors right to their mental state. The best holistic remedies for anxiety and depression are:
- Hormone balance
To correct hormonal balance, you need to do the following:
- Regular exercises
- Eat enough protein
- Avoid refined carbohydrates and sugar
- Use healthy fats
- Eat fatty fish or take Omega-3 supplements
- Balance your neurotransmitters
- Eat amino acid tyrosine-rich foods such as avocado, almonds, broccoli, cauliflower
- Improve gut microbiome by eating probiotic and fermented foods. The foods are connected to production and balancing of neurotransmitters.
- Eat a proper diet and nutritional foods.
Foods that ward off anxiety are lean beef, leafy greens, chicken, legumes, pork, citrus foods, eggs.
Food to avoid while dealing with anxiety or depression
Caffeine is known to trigger body’s ‘fight-or-flight’ response, refined sugar, processed foods, gluten, fried foods, soda,
- Allergy Foods
Food allergies can contribute to or cause your anxiety. On the other hand, your anxiety or depression can trigger an allergy to some foods that you were initially able to eat with any problem. When going through depression or anxiety, your body tends to produce chemicals like histamine which worsens allergic reaction.
- Dealing with trauma
Seek professional help to know how to deal with your trauma. In most of the depression or anxiety cases, trauma is the root cause. When you are traumatized, you get trauma induced beliefs based on that particular trauma. You then lock these beliefs inside you and the become hard to release them. Seeking help and talking about it will help to release that belief and if that is not the case, it will then be the root cause of your depression or anxiety.
Going through intense stress can lead to depression or anxiety. The best way of treating this stress-caused depression or anxiety is through holistic treatment.
- Deal with the cause of the stress
- Deal with behavior and patterns that form from being stressed in order to ward off depression
- Deal with the social factors like the loss of social contacts due to depression or anxiety
- Get professional psychiatric help to help you overcome the situation
Supporting Holistic Treatment for Anxiety and Depression Naturally
Eating a good diet loaded with green leafy vegetables and fish can complement holistic treatment. Holistic treatment cannot be complete without eating proper food and also avoiding processed foods or fried foods. Eating these healing foods can transform your state of depression or anxiety to healing.
- Omega-3 foods
Depression comes with mood swings. Eating Omega-3 foods will correct these mood swings. The best sources of omega-3 fatty acids are tuna fish, salmon fish, chia seeds, flax seeds, walnuts, and egg yolks
Vital nutrients are necessary for supporting and building good mood while going through depression or anxiety. From this kind of foods which are high in folate, they build metabolic processes of the brain. Folate-rich foods are avocado, broccoli, asparagus, spinach, and beef.
Fruits are the source of antioxidants which are needed by the body to fight off biochemical changes that occur when you are under stress. Holistic treatment that will include the fruits intake therapy for six weeks can lower depression and anxiety levels to complete the healing. Such fruits are blackberries, blueberries, cranberries, and artichokes.
- Fermented Foods
Fermented foods or probiotic foods promote mental wellness which as you know is the main issue with depression and anxiety. The best probiotic foods with lots of nutrients are yogurt, kefir, raw cheese, fermented vegetables, and kombucha.
- Good Fats
Good fats are essential in cleaning out bad fats from the body. They also provide minerals and vitamins which are necessary for leveling the mood swings. The good fats protect the body from being damaged by free radical. Such good fats are coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, avocado oil, chia seeds, and flax seeds.
- Lean Protein
Protein is essential for building the body, balancing hormones, and supporting proper functioning of neurotransmitters. However, caution must be observed on the kind of protein to be used especially when going through depression or anxiety. When you have a protein deficiency, you experience fatigue, mood swings, and your immunity weakens since this is bodybuilding food. Sources of lean protein are black beans, free-range chicken and eggs, bone broth, and raw cheese.
Supplements play a major role in correcting depression and anxiety. They boost necessary body nutrients in a quick yet effective way. Some of the supplements you might need to add to your diet are: zinc, vitamin D3, creatine, vitamin B complex, vitamin C, and 5-HTP.
Holistic treatment is the best way of treating depression and anxiety. Some of the problems that have been ignored will have to be addressed with this kind of treatment. However, if you have been using regular medication, you should not stop it until you further discuss it with your GP or doctor.
For your next visit, bring up the holistic treatment subject and let it be a matter to discuss. Every depression or anxiety is different from the other since originating factors are different. What is good for you might not be good for the other. Treat your situation uniquely and your health situation will sooner be a thing of the past.