woman-570883_960_720Do you feel a bit depressive or trapped in a depressive pattern? If you have been treated for depression before in your life, you may be all to familiar with the side-effects of the medications which include dry mouth,weight gain, feeling driven or manic or feeling irritable or anxious. Whether you are experiencing depression for the first time seasonal depression or a familiar cyclica pattern, the following natural approaches may help you prevent and deal with it.

Sun Light Therapy

Exposure to bright light (both sunlight and artificial light) is shown to be effective in handling a seasonal (winter) depression, and sometimes may be effective in other types of depression, especially atypical depression or depression that is seasonal. Bright light exposure can also help you beat back the common behaviours associated with depression, including the avoidance of people and life in general, isolating, overeating, oversleeping and complete apathy

All that is necessary to help allay these symptoms is to go outside and walks as much as possible, even if the sun is not shining. Although taking a walk on a sunny day is most recommended, natural light on a cloudy day will still reach your retina and trigger your brain to produce the chemicals it needs to feel well. Remember that if you do decide to go out on a sunny day, that is a good idea to wear sunscreen. Don’t wear dark glasses the entire time or you m

Work Out Therapy

Many allopathic as well as naturopathic doctors believe a nice long walk in the sun can help someone succumbing to depression, not just because of the sunlight, but also because exercise produces higher levels of feel-good chemicals in the brain, most notably norepinephrine, serotonin and dopamine. In general this results in an improvement in mood. Exercising every day, whether it ibe swimming, weight-lifting or playing a game of squash or tennis, can help you beat the blues.

Colon Hydrotherapy and Enemas

The health of you colon may be related to your depressive state because the vagus nerve network, that encases your gut extends all the way up to the base of your brain, sending it all kinds of messages about how your body should respond to toxic conditions such as candida yeast overgrowth and constipation. Enemas and colon hydrotherapy help to rinse out your gut and get rid of fecal plaque and bacteria, thus helping to temporarily raise serotonin levels in your bloodstream.

Meditation and Yoga

Meditation is increasingly being employed as a treatment for depression and can have positive effects on both the autonomic nervous system and conscious awareness. Meditating for twenty minutes at least once a day can help encourage a calm, contemplative and rational state of mind. It is particularly helpful for depression that is triggered by unwanted or repetitive thought

Yoga works in the same way as meditation, clearing the mind and helping to clear both physical and mental blocks to feeling better. Yoga also helps with the physical pain in muscles and joints that is sometimes associated with depression

If you have severe depression and are absolutely required to be on medication, many of the above therapies can help with the emotional, mental and physical pain that is associated with even mild cases of depression

Here at that Pinewood Natural Healthcare Centre we provide an integrative approach to helping your find out what is casing your depression and perhaps helping you eliminate once and for all. Our services include biofeedback, naturopathic testing, iv therapy, dark field microscopy blood analysis, bio-identical hormone replacement and weight loss treatments.

Our website has a list of full services and products at www.pinewoodhealth.ca or call our Toronto Office at  (416)-656- 8100.  We also have an office in Pickering, Ontario at (905)-427-0057. You can also email us at info@pinewoodhealth.ca and we would be happy to answer any question that you have about our holistic health services.


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