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Fighting Depression Naturally

Thursday, June 28th, 2007

Lately I’ve been looking for natural methods to help improve my depression and have found some great information through Ann Louise Gittleman, Ph.D., C.N.S.

I just finished listening to her audio seminar, “Lifting Depression Naturally” and found it very interesting. You can find the seminar on her audio seminar page – scroll down to click on the link she provides to play the audio.

Here are a few highlights:

One way to battle mild to moderate depression is through nutrition. Dr. Gittleman explains that depression has been linked with hypo-glycaemia (reactive low blood sugar) and suggests eliminating all gluten, dairy and yeast products. The best diet to overcome the hypo-glycemic response includes quality proteins, lots of fresh vegetables, nuts and seeds, moderate dairy and a small amount of fruits. Good fats (such as fish oil and flax seed oil) are also essential.

Consider using supplements that battle low blood sugar, such as chromium, glutamine, standardized ginseng extract, zinc and magnesium.

Having a GLA deficiency that can trigger depression. She believes GLA deficiencies can be genetic and warns that people with Scandinavian, Native American, Scottish, Celtic and Irish ancestry are most at risk.

Don’t forget the importance of Vitamin B and folic acid!

Although it seems like a lot of work, I’m willing to try a natural method for managing my depression. I’m going to give her suggestions a try and will let you know how it goes. First I need to go shopping. My cupboards are filled with all food it shouldn’t be!