Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Ginkgo Biloba and Other Natural Defenses for the Symptoms of Depression

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Depression can be scary for both you and your family, but it’s difficult to heal. Everyone experiences depression differently, based on their unique brain chemistry, past, and personality. Sometimes prescription medication, therapy, natural remedies, or all three are the right answer. If you struggle with depression or are supporting someone who does, talk to your doctor or therapist about solutions that might be right. No one should have to live under the shadow of depression. If you’re looking for natural remedies, here are a few great ones that have helped many people manage the symptoms.

Ginkgo Biloba 
Nature’s Best offers ginkgo biloba supplements that have been shown in many case studies to improve blood flow to the brain. It can also help reduce stress induced brain damage. Ginkgo biloba can be taken as a beverage or in capsules, and studies suggest that taking 40 to 80 mg three times a day can relieve symptoms of depression. Ask your doctor to find out what dosage is right for you.The antidepressant qualities of ginkgo biloba have been studied since it was noted that when people with insufficient blood flow to the brain used ginkgo biloba, their mood also improved.

Routine 
Be gentle with yourself, but know when to also set some structure for yourself. When you’re depressed, one day can melt into another, and before you know it, your life will feel much more out-of-control than it actually is. Having a routine, even if it’s as simple as showering each morning, blow-drying your hair, and preparing a refreshing breakfast, will help you maintain a sense of accomplishment or control when other important things in your life feel overwhelming or off. It may be easy to let daily tasks slide -- they may not seem as important as the feelings or grief you’re experiencing. Humans need a sense of order and accomplishment to feel alive, so even if you only fold a few shirts or wipe down a counter, be sure to do things that help maintain a sense of order in your life.

Exercise 
Going for a 30-minute walk every day will help you gain perspective and increase brain activity. You don’t have to push yourself hard -- and if you’d rather not be surrounded by strangers, take a quiet neighborhood walk rather than going to the gym or another highly populated area. If you’d rather have a peaceful setting, walk with a close friend or spouse at dusk when the world feels more peaceful. Nighttime is also a great time to walk with a friend if you are in a safe area. Give yourself the space and distance you need for a time, but don’t compromise your own health and your need to be part of community and the world. Isolation may feel like it’s the best therapy for depression, but it’s really not.

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