Natural Alternatives to Antidepressants

By: Aurelia WilliamsCertified Personal Life Coach and one of our Guest Bloggers

I thought the following article would be useful to our readers, and also would be fitting to add to the Fitness and Healthy Lifestyle Page 😉

I have found “Evening Primerose Oil” to be helpful to me with bouts of depression, especially going through menopause.


It’s not unusual for people to feel a little down now and again. For some people suffering from depression, antidepressants may not be a favorable remedy. Some may prefer to find more natural alternatives to antidepressants. If you’ve been feeling down more often than usual you’ll want to talk with a doctor before taking any natural or prescription remedies to combat depression. While a doctor may give you a prescription, there are also some natural anti-depressants you can try.

Many people choose natural alternatives to antidepressants because they are believed to have fewer side effects. It is important to speak with your doctor before doing so, however, because some herbs can have an adverse reaction with medicines you’re already taking. Natural remedies can have drug interactions which could be dangerous so please keep that in mind before choosing one of these natural alternatives to antidepressants.

St. John’s Wort has been used as a natural anti-depressant for centuries in European countries. While there are some studies showing St. John’s Wort to be effective in treating depression, other studies claim the herb to be ineffective. Certain prescription drugs may also interact with St. John’s Wort so you’ll want to check with a doctor before taking this herbal remedy.

You may also want to seek the help of a qualified acupuncturist. Acupuncture uses very tiny needles pushed into the skin at specific points in the body. The Chinese use this method of treatment to control symptoms, treat illnesses and improve a person’s overall health. Tiny needles are placed into the skin and it is believed to help treat symptoms of depression including fatigue, appetite changes and insomnia. It will also help improve a person’s mood.

Many people experience bouts of depression as the weather changes and days shorten. This condition, called Seasonal Affective Disorder, is a form of depression which can be treated by light therapy. This is a great natural alternatives to antidepressants and the treatment basically uses a specific type of fluorescent light to approximate a sunny day. The added light allows the body to produce the correct amounts of serotonin and melatonin which are required to boost mood and allow for proper sleep patterns in the winter months.

Getting outdoors in direct natural sunlight for at least 15 to 45 minutes a day without sunscreen can also improve a person’s mood and help combat depression. The sun helps the body replenish its level of vitamin D which is necessary to increase the serotonin levels in the brain. Of course, if you can’t get outdoors or use special lighting, you can also use a vitamin D supplement.

Don’t forget that what you eat may affect you depression symptoms. Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids are believed to improve the anti-depressive ability of other treatments. Other foods which are believed to affect depression are walnuts, dark chocolate, turkey, Cheddar and Swiss cheese, spinach, whole wheat and citrus fruits. You may also want to change to a natural sweetener such as agave nectar or maple syrup.

Meditation is another natural alternatives to antidepressants to consider. There have been a number of medical studies related to meditation and its effect on one’s health. Meditation is believed to help you feel more at peace and release negative thoughts which can plague those with depression.

Many people suffer from depression throughout the year. Not everyone wants to take prescription medications because there are so many side effects.

You may want to research the above options. These may be the natural anti-depressant you’re looking for to treat your own symptoms of depression.
Using one or many of the above natural alternatives to antidepressants can help you to feel better both physically and mentally. Be sure to consult your physician if your depression symptoms linger.

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6 Fitness and Weight Loss Tips For Healthy Grandmothers

Who says since you are a grandmother that you are old and you should slow down? Now if you are 75+ years of age and you have a set of health issues, then of course yes, you should limit your activities and take it easy.

However if you are in your 50’s or 60’s (the normal age when most people become grandparents), and if you don’t have health issues that limit you from certain daily activities, you should challenge yourself to being fit and hip with the best of them.

Tip #1 The first and most important tip is to start on a health fitness program way BEFORE you become a grandmother. If you’ve engaged in daily exercise and healthy eating habits from an early age, then being a grandparent should be a pleasant experience for you. Therefore, you should have no problem keeping up with your grandchildren and participating in various activities. Planning ahead and looking forward to being with them should give you the incentive to being as healthy as possible.

Tip #2 After becoming a grandparent, if your health and fitness habits have been sluggish, It’s NOT too late to change that. It’s never too late to practice healthy eating habits. It’s also a good time to start on a walking program. Of course it’s advised to consult with your doctor first before beginning any exercise or walking routines.

Tip #3 Making small bite-sized weight loss and fitness goals is the right choice for anyone that is trying to lose a few pounds or even to just become healthier. If you attempt making huge impossible goals, it is more than likely that you will not succeed with these. Rome was not built in a day come on, let’s get reasonable! When setting personal health goals for yourself, make them in small increments. You are more likely to achieve small goals and also you have less of a chance for set backs.

Tip #4 If you are a grandmother and you are trying very hard to lose weight, you really do need to be careful on how fast you lose it. Dehydration can be a big issue with the elderly while losing weight as well. It’s best to lose and also add any new activities slowly.

Tip #5 Staying as active as you can will most definitely have an impact on your memory when you are older. Couch potato Grandmothers have much more of a chance of having alzheimer’s than ones that are fit and active. The more active you are, the better your blood and oxygen travels to your brain. So, above all else, try your best to stay active. This is of course true for ANYONE, but it goes double for the elderly.

Tip #6 Lastly, but certainly not least, you need to consult your physician BEFORE beginning any weight loss or exercise programs. Especially if you take medication, you could very well do your body more harm than good. It’s always best to be safe and check with your doctor.

I can’t think of a better reason to get and stay healthy, than for your grandchildren. Of course you want to be an active participant in their lives. The more healthier you are, the better chances there are for that to happen.

Article Written By Tammy Embrich

Tammy is an Internet marketer, article marketer, and ghostwriter. You can find more weight loss, fitness, and grandparenting articles, tips, and more at Grandma’s Home Blogger Place

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Watkins Healthy Mayonnaise

Here’s a recipe for homemade mayonnaise from Martha Stewart’s cookbook that has been Watkinized and revised for
your health. It is absolutely, outrageously good – and good for you!

2 eggs
1/4 tsp. Watkins Dry Mustard
3/4 tsp. Watkins Sea Salt (ground)
2 Tbsp. Freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 cups Watkins Original Grapeseed Oil
Combine the eggs, mustard, salt and lemon juice in a food processor or blender. Turn on machine and pour in the oil, drop by drop, until the mixture thickens. Add the remaining oil in a steady stream. Store, lightly covered in the fridge for up to 7 days.
Makes 2 1/2 cups.

Easy and delightful. Wonderful for egg salad. Use Garlic & Parsley Grapeseed Oil to
make Garlic Mayo – Yummy!