Holistic Health Tips
Non-Drug Answers to Depression
By Tom Martin
*The following post is meant for educational purposes only and is not meant to advise, diagnose, or treat any medical condition. This information is not meant to replace any medical advice or relationship with a licensed medical professional.*
If you are suffering from depression, you are not alone. The numbers are staggering. Sadly, the first thing your doctor wants to do is prescribe is an anti-depressant. These drugs have shown limited effectiveness and that effectiveness usually lasts less than six weeks.
So, pharmaceutical drugs are not the answer to the depression problem.
The cheapest, most effective solution to depression is to simply spend more time in the sun. Take 30 minutes a day, wear minimal clothing and lay out in the sunlight. A study in Sweden of 30,000 women proved that daily exposure to sunlight, allowing your body to manufacture its own vitamin D, improves health at all levels, not just easing depression. So, this is far and away the best (and cheapest) option. Do not slather yourself with sunscreen, directly expose your skin to the sunlight.
If daily sunlight exposure is not possible, the following steps should be implemented:
1. Take 5,000 to 10,000 IUs of Vitamin D3 daily
2. Take 2,000 micrograms of Vitamin K2 daily
3. Take Magnesium in the form of magnesium chloride (often called magnesium oil). Apply this "oil" to your skin. It usually comes in a spray bottle. Spritz 10 to 15 shots onto your skin and rub it in. I recommend a brand called Ancient Minerals (available on the internet).
4. Eat fermented vegetables daily. It is cheapest to make your own (you can refer to my video on OnePercentHealth.com on how to ferment vegetables) or you can purchase sauerkraut that is fermented. My favorite brand is Bubbies. You can also purchase and eat raw kim chi, usually available in the refrigerated section of such stores as Sprouts or Whole Foods.
5. For really deep depression, I suggest taking Vitamin B3 (also known as niacin). Start by taking 50 mgs per day. Each week increase the amount you take until you are taking around 5,000 mgs per day.
If after 30 days, you do not see any improvement, add the following to the above regimen:
1. Take 50 mgs of zinc per day.
2. Take a high-quality B-Complex capsule (do not buy this at a pharmacy or box store. I suggest Sprouts, Whole Foods or Vitamin Shoppe.)
Depression is a serious ailment and big business for the pharma companies.
Eat a nutrient-dense diet of minimally processed foods and grass-fed beef. My primary source for a truly healthful diet, one which will lead to less chronic illness is Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon. It is loaded with outstanding health information as well as recipes. My own book Just Do This One Thing: A Guide to Chronic Good Health also outlines steps necessary for a healthier diet and life.