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Two Scientifically Researched, Natural Supplements for Depression

Depression is a complex disease. Not everyone labeled with depression needs medical treatment and can be managed perfectly with dietary and life style modifications.

Even those who’re on medication can benefit from the life style modifications and dietary changes including focus on various anti-depressant foods and supplements.
These two natural supplements, scientifically validated, can help in controlling depression, including:

Zinc for Depression

Zinc is responsible for various bodily functions and is thus considered an essential micronutrient....
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Five Ways to Boost Your Natural Happy Chemicals

Guest post by Loretta Breuning, PhD of Inner Mammal Institute

You can trigger more happy chemicals naturally. Here's how.

You can stimulate more happy chemicals with fewer side effects when you understand the job your happy chemicals evolved to do. Here's a natural way to stimulate each, and to avoid unhappy chemicals.
#1 Dopamine (Embrace a new goal)
Approaching a reward triggers dopamine. When a lion approaches a gazelle, her dopamine surges and the energy she needs for the hunt is released. Your ancestors released dopamine...
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The Top Three Nutritional Supplements for Chronic Stress

There are many sources that list their 'top three' supplements for chronic stress, but I chose these because of their integrated health benefits to the body so that they deal with root cause of stress.

According to the American Psychological Association, 75% of Americans have moderate to high stress. The American Institute of Stress also reports that about 80% of people in the experience stress on the job.

Nutrition plays a critical role in...
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This Child-Like Activity Melts Stress and Increases Focus

If you need a way to relax and focus,  you should take up coloring.

After finding commercial success back in 2012, adults and therapists alike are taking a vested interest in the beneficial effects coloring has on the human psyche.

Art therapy is nothing new, having been around since the 1940s. It’s a method of therapy where patients are encouraged to pursue an artistic form as a way...
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Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions and Other Stats

I love Statistic Brain.

According to it’s data, here are the top 10 resolutions of 2015:

1. Weight loss
2. Get organized
3. Save more money/spend less
4. Enjoy life more
5. Stay healthy
6. Learn something new
7. Quit smoking
8. Help others achieve something
9. Fall in love
10. More family time
More Interesting New Year’s Resolutions Facts
• 45% of people make resolutions
• 8% achieve success in their resolution
• People under 50 seem to be more successful with resolutions
Most Interesting Fact of All
• People who make resolutions...
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Why Depression May Begin with Food

Diets high in refined carbohydrates increase a postmenopausal woman’s chance of suffering from depression.

Data was analyzed from an enormous study that analyzed data from over 70,000 postmenopausal women collected from an NIH Women’s Health Initiative Observational Study.

When we eat refined carbs (think white flour, white bread and sugar) our blood sugar levels spike, causing hormones in the body to stabilize these high levels.

Because sugar stabilization is hormonal in nature, scientists believe a chronic...
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This Light Therapy Beats SSRI and Placebo for Depression

Initial steps have been taken to determine if 10,000 lux light therapy can be used as a legitimate way to treat depression - not seasonal depression - but full blown major depressive disorder.

The results of this JAMA study were provocative, to say the least.

• Light therapy beat Prozac.
• Light therapy beat sham light therapy (placebo).
• Prozac did NOT beat placebo.
• A combination of Prozac and light therapy beat sham light therapy and sham...
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Fast Recovery from Depression with Magnesium?

I love how my magnesium supplement makes me feel.

My mood is better. I sleep much better. I wake up with more energy in the morning. Best of all, I take a fizzy powdered magnesium that tastes like rasberry lemonade when mixed with water. It helps me avoid soda.

So I wondered if scientific research suggests magnesium is effective in treating depression. I found some.

And I found some more.
Here are a...
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Can Aromatherapy Really Help Anxiety and Depression?

I'm not an aromatherapy expert, but I often wonder whether or not there is any science behind it.

Do aromatherapy essential oils really pack healing power, or do they just smell nice?

It didn't take long before I found some evidence, published by reputable sources, that certain aromatherapy essential oils appear to have legitimate healing effects on the nervous system.

The American College of Health Sciences published this post, for example. One study...
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