Has life got you down? Don’t turn to prescriptions. Keep it simple, and fight stress without drugs.
Let’s face it: in today’s world, everybody, regardless of how successful they are, can become overwhelmed.
When the overwhelming feeling escalates to a routine feeling, you can feel like you’re at breaking point.
In fact, this breaking point causes many individuals to turn to prescription drugs as quick fixes for their problems.
But why put a band-aid on a problem that will always be there?
Fighting depression without drugs can be done.
Want to know how this is possible?
We thought you would…
Have a look at some potent strategies that are proven to reduce stress, anxiety, and mental fatigue.
At a glance, we’re talking about:
- Eating well (Cutting refined carbs and added sugar, getting calories from healthy fat sources)
- Exercise (In any way, shape, or form)
- Nature-based supplements (Such as Ashwagandha)
The best part about these powerful strategies – they’re totally natural!
Is life getting to you? Don’t turn to your doctor; modify your diet and your physical activity first!
Portrait Of an Overwhelmed Individual
Thinking about going to the doctor if you’re feeling down?
Listen to this story first.
Larry, a 41-year old male, works a job that demands almost 11 hours of his time, six days a week.
With one free day per week, Larry finds it hard to raise his family, spend time with his wife/kids, and keep up with friends.
He’s quite overwhelmed.
On top of this, he doesn’t give much thought towards what foods he puts into his body, or how much he exercises.
Stressors from Larry’s life keep him up at night, make him irritable, and keep his emotions at an all-time low.
He’s moving towards anti-anxiety meds, and even thinking about asking his doc for anti-depressants.
However, before Larry goes to the doctor, it’s worth him having a serious think about how he’s treating his body.
Fighting Depression Through Diet
The term “diet” isn’t the most appealing of terms to humans.
Getting rid of depression, however, starts with your diet.
Consider a ketogenic diet, for example.
Going on a ketogenic diet means you’re ingesting almost all of your calories from healthy fats, meaning you consume less than 50 grams of carbs a day.
Your body uses fat as its primary source of energy, trimming down body fat and eradicating (more or less) unhealthy levels of blood sugar.
When you consume sugars, your body releases insulin.
When your body releases insulin, it also releases cortisol. What’s cortisol?
It’s the stress hormone.
Don’t let antidepressants take ahold of your life; there are several natural ways to fight depression!
Diets heavy in added sugars and refined grains can cause a cortisol overload in your body, leading to high blood pressure, insomnia, and weight gain.
We aren’t saying everyone should go on a ketogenic diet.
It’s not as simple as getting rid of carbohydrates entirely; every human is different!
Long story short; ditch the carb-heavy diets; not all carbohydrates are bad for you, but a diet composed primarily of them can cause lots of stress!
Getting rid of dietary stress eliminates excess stress.
Eliminating excess stress paves the way for a more relaxed, less anxious lifestyle.
And a less anxious, more relaxed lifestyle only means one thing: you’re much less likely to feel depressed!
Fight Depression With Exercise
Chronic stress is a key contributor to depression.
A great way to combat chronic stress, in addition to eating well, is to exercise.
There’s plenty of evidence proving the anti-stress benefits of rigorous exercise.
Rigorous exercise (3-5 times a week) causes your body to produce endorphins, which are natural painkillers.
These endorphins do a number of things for the body.
Namely, they enhance sleep quality.
Getting less than adequate amounts of sleep is a large contributor to stress.
As you can see, exercise leads to increased endorphin levels, better sleep, and reduced stress.
If you’ve read (or skimmed) this article, you know that chronic stress can lead to emotional instability and depression.
Exercise can stop this vicious cycle from starting!
If you want to fight depression without drugs, don’t count out exercise!
Fight Depression With Natural Remedies/Supplements
Feeling anxious, overworked, tired, or depressed?
Try fighting these feelings with some of the natural remedies/supplements we’ve listed below!
Ashwagandha is an herbal supplement first popularized by humans natives to the country of India.
The root of Ashwagandha is cultivated, harvested, then processed, and its extract is used in supplements.
Its stress-battling and anxiety-reducing effects have been proven in many clinical studies.
Just 1000 mg (two small capsules) have shown remarkable success in treating anxiety-based problems!
Remember, the less stressed you are, the lesser the likelihood of developing symptoms similar to that of depression.
Rhodiola, like Ashwagandha, is a cortisol-reducing plant.
There’s one way, however, that Rhodiola stands above Ashwagandha: it increases your brain’s sensitivity to neurotransmitters important to its mental well-being.
We’re talking about dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine.
Rhodiola increases your brain’s ability to utilize these neurotransmitters.
With its ability to reduce stress levels in the body, Rhodiola really packs quite a brain-boosting punch!
Don’t hesitate to try some for yourself, if you’re feeling down.
Chaga is a type of mushroom which has long been used in Siberian medicine to heal all kinds of ills.
Chaga contains large quantities of superoxide dismutase, an enzyme which boosts the body’s primary functions and can help by neutralizing the same free radicals which can cause cancer.
In addition to anti-cancer, anti-oxidant, and anti-inflammatory abilities, this superstar mushroom is also able to help balance out your body’s hormones.
Really, this isn’t so much a depression-supplement, so much as a lifestyle supplement, helping keep you healthy, both physically and mentally.
This one is definitely worth a try!
We’re so impressed with this ‘shroom, we now add it into our morning Bulletproof!
Chaga is the medicinal mushroom for the immune system. Add it into your morning Bulletproof!
Beat Depression Back
The moral of the story: don’t jump to an easy way out if you’re feeling down.
While antidepressants might seem magical, they’re far from it.
We didn’t even mention the host of nasty side-effects that accompany long-term use of antidepressants!
Forget the prescriptions and take nature’s path; fight depression naturally!
Broken down, here are the three tips we just mentioned (in a condensed format).
- Eat a healthy diet, free of refined carbohydrates and full of healthy fats (like ghee and coconut oil)
- Exercise vigorously and exercise often
- Use natural remedies such as St. John’s Wort and adaptogens like Chaga to reduce stress and increase neurotransmitter sensitivity
This isn’t, by any means, a guaranteed recipe for success.
If you find yourself feeling down, however, don’t hesitate to turn to these excellent and proven methods to get your mood to a higher elevation!
Use nature to your advantage and beat depression, once and for all!