Nutrients and Lifestyle Approaches for a Healthy Brain

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Get depression relief today from this common herb

Get depression relief today from this common herb

I love lavender as a depression remedy because it is inexpensive and easy to implement. In a depressive slump, we certainly need “easy.” If something as simple as a bath or a lavender spray takes the edge off depression even for an hour, that gives us a window of some relief and it may evenContinue Reading

These herbs may alleviate postpartum depression and anxiety

These herbs may alleviate postpartum depression and anxiety

I get asked quite a bit about herbal remedies for depression and I do find relief myself in lavender and sage, two herbs I talk about in the Good Days Strategies emails (here). However, my strong view on any potential remedies for a disease as complicated as depression is that we should see them asContinue Reading

Omega 3 And Depression: The Food And Supplements You Need

Omega 3 And Depression: The Food And Supplements You Need

Omega 3 and depression are tightly related for many of us. Studies are published regularly that reinforce the need for Omega-3 fatty acids for healthy brains. Depression is a sure sign of poor brain health; Omega 3 for depression is critical in many cases. When we are newborn babies and living on our mother’s milk,Continue Reading

Magnesium: Researchers deprived mice of magnesium and this is what happened to their brains…

Magnesium: Researchers deprived mice of magnesium and this is what happened to their brains…

In depression studies of mice, researchers literally throw them into a water tank and observe them swimming. Healthy mice meet the challenge and swim. Depressed mice may swim at first but they will soon wear out and the only movements they will make in that tank of water are the minimal movements necessary to keepContinue Reading

Zinc: Shock therapy may increase your brain levels of this quickly. The right diet may be your preference…

Zinc: Shock therapy may increase your brain levels of this quickly. The right diet may be your preference…

Most folks probably do not give a whole lot of thought to their zinc intake, but apparently, if your diet is lacking, one of the consequences is depression. Doctors who use an orthomolecular approach to treating depression such as those at the Carl Pfieffer Centers or authors Joan Matthews Larson and Julia Ross have forContinue Reading

Omega 3: How Much, For How Long?

Omega 3: How Much, For How Long?

How much Omega 3 do I need? Do I really need to take a supplement? With research coming out all of the time on the importance of Omega 3 fatty acids for brain function (and particularly for depression), quite a number of people have emailed me about how much Omega 3s they need. And theContinue Reading

Iron, Depression, and the Postpartum Woman

Iron, Depression, and the Postpartum Woman

Women who have been pregnant receive fair warning from obstetricians and midwives that they need to watch their iron intake. Hemoglobin levels get monitored in pregnancy. And though the poking and prodding gets old if you are the pregnant woman, the importance of iron in pregnancy and in nutrition in general cannot be overstated. MostContinue Reading

Vitamin D and Depression: This “sunshine vitamin” is critical to your brain health…

Vitamin D and Depression: This “sunshine vitamin” is critical to your brain health…

Vitamin D may well be implicated in your depression, particularly in the dark months of winter. We actually get the lion’s share of our vitamin D through sun exposure. As sun our skin, our body literally transforms it into vitamin D. Our body is very good at producing extra vitamin D in the summer monthsContinue Reading

Start Today: Omega-3s And B Vitamins For Depression

Start Today: Omega-3s And B Vitamins For Depression

Vitamins for depression? Omega 3s? I went to Trader Joe’s the other day and the free sample guy Bryan said “Hey, the depression book lady! You know, that stuff really works.” He went on to say that since we spoke last a few months ago he started taking an Omega-3 and a B-vitamin supplement religiouslyContinue Reading

Foods for Depression: Rebuild Resources

Foods for Depression: Rebuild Resources

Are there foods for depression? The fact is that a healthy brain is a brain loaded with the right mix of beneficial fats, minerals, vitamins, and proteins. If your diet has been deficient in critical brain nutrients or if your body does not absorb them properly, you may struggle with depression. Check out some ofContinue Reading