When you’re depressed and down, you don’t have the motivation to do anything. Depression is an imbalance in your neurotransmitters. Brain chemicals that regulate your mood and much more.The cause is related to stress and rooted in the way you cope with the world around you.
People can tell you to start exercising but they don’t understand that you don’t have the energy to.
The supplements I’ve listed below will help you increase your the neurotransmitter serotonin — making you feel happy and giving you a boost of motivation.
Supplements are an easy first step and you can see results in your mood within a day or two. Word of caution: Supplements will only help give you that initial boost. The point of the supplements is to use that boost to make lifestyle changes I’ve listed below the supplements.
Here are the three serotonin boosting supplements
2 capsules a day
Many people are diffident in magnesium and they don’t know it. It’s one of the most common mineral deficiencies. Magnesium helps calm your brain and reduces anxiety.
1 capsule a day
The highest amount of zinc in our body is in our brain. Zinc plays a part in modulating the brain and body’s response to stress. A person with a diet high in processed food or strictly vegetarian will be low in zinc. Zinc has been been found to be low in people with depression. It’s a helpful mineral for fighting depression.
2tsp a day
Fish wasn’t the only way we used to consume omega 3 in our diets. We used to eat organ meats, brain, bone marrow. These are all filled with omega 3. Now studies are showing that having an omega 3 dificie can lead to depression. One Norwegian study of nearly 22,000 participants showed that those who regularly took cod liver oil were 30% less likely to have symptoms of depression. The longer the participants took cod liver oil, the less likely they were to have high levels of depression.
AOR’s Ortho Sleep
2 capsules a day
About three quarters of depressed patients have insomnia symptoms. Sleeping is part of your recovery process. It’s a time where your body repairs itself. Ortho sleep is a cocktail of ingredients to help you get a deep sleep and help rebalance the brain.
This short term help will give you the energy to start to making healthy changes.
5 changes to make once the supplements start to kick in
1. See a therapist
Many people see this as a sign of weakness. It’s not. There’s a saying I use all the time. “Sometimes you can’t see the picture, when you’re in the frame”. When your mind is not healthy it’s hard to see yourself. Talking with someone with experience will help.
2. Eliminating alcohol
Alcohol is a depressant. It’s the last thing you want to be consuming if you’re feeling depressed. This should be the first thing you stop.
3. Eat nutrient dense foods
Start eating nutrient dense foods. Eating the right nutrients allows for proper brain function. Nutrient dense foods include egg yolks, liver, raw cheese, seaweed, berries and nuts.
4. Avoid processed food
Cut processed foods out of your diet. Processed foods increases insulin – a fat storing hormone. They rob your body of nutrients and that affect your brain chemistry. Try to avoid anything packaged and stick to real food.
5. Start exercising
Push ups, bodyweight squats, lunges in place this is all you need to get started. The most important part is to get started. start with doing 20 repetitions of each exercise every day. It will take 5 minutes.
Once you’ve gathered a bit of motivation start making changes one step at a time. Start with the first one and move down the list. Best of luck. I hope this helped.
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