Today’s fast-paced world has led to increased stress and depression, which have become common among people of all ages and genders. It is essential to educate ourselves about these mental health conditions, as they can have severe effects on our physical health as well.
Nancy’s Nifty Nook carries a wide array of high-quality vitamins and supplements to help combat stress and depression, naturally.
Owner Nancy says, “Depression is not just a disease of the mind and soul but also affects our bodies. Women especially tend to experience higher stress levels due to decreased levels of estrogen and human growth hormone.” She adds, that because many women are the primary breadwinners or homemakers, the rates of stress and depression are on the rise.
The COVID-19 pandemic has also taken a toll on mental health. The pandemic saw children being isolated from their classrooms, friends, and extended family members. During these challenging times, stress levels for men, women, and children have without a doubt increased significantly.
Stress can have severe effects on our physical health, leading to an increased risk of heart disease, osteoporosis, and stroke. Severe stress can even affect hair growth.
Fortunately, there are natural remedies available to help combat depression.
The top three herbs used to treat depression naturally, says Nancy, are St. John's Wort, curcumin and saffron.
St. John's Wort
St. John’s Wort is a powerful herb that has been proven to be as effective or better than Prozac or Zoloft for the treatment of depression. It is safe to use and can be taken with most other over the counter medications. However, those currently taking prescribed medications for the treatment of depression should avoid taking St. John's Wort.
Curcumin is the active ingredient found in turmeric and is another safe and powerful herb that has been researched extensively. It tends to be more effective for middle-aged people and can improve the efficacy of antidepressants.
Considered the ‘new kid on the block’, saffron has been used as a medicinal plant for centuries and treatment of mild to moderate depression. It has been shown to be as effective as prescription drugs but safer to use.
It can help both the young and old, including children with depression and anxiety, women experiencing depression during menopause and diabetics suffering from depression.
Caffeine and alcohol
It is important to be mindful of caffeine and alcohol consumption as they can act as depressants. High doses of caffeine found in coffee, tea, and chocolate should be avoided, especially for those with a history of depression. Similarly, abstinence from alcohol can have many mental and physical benefits.
Already taking medication for depression? Make sure not to stop any medication until speaking to a medical or naturopathic doctor. With the right information and support, it is possible to manage stress and depression effectively and live a healthier, happier life.
Need more information? Stop by Nancy’s Nifty Nook located at 152 Holland Street E.