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Tips wanted for dealing with mild depression please!<br><br>
Nutrition?<br><br>
I know exercise is good, and sunshine, and omega 3's (salmon etc.)<br><br>
I used to know more things....
 

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Low thyroid can result in depression. Maybe add some kelp to your diet to eliminate this possibility. I think increasing your B vitamins (don't know which ones) is also helpful for energy levels.
 

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Volunteer work.<br><br>
I'm not kidding. It works on lots of levels. It pulls you out of that mood that makes you feel like "I'm good for nothing" and gives you a reason to get up and get out of the house. Plus you get to talk to other people without having to pretend you feel happy.<br><br>
If you pick the right kind of volunteer work the kids can even come along.<br><br>
--AmyB
 

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At our office, it is often recommended for women to take a B-50 or B-100 complex twice a day. Also a calcium supplement, and a omega fatty acid supplement. We also recommend morning sunshine exposure and a minimum of 20 minutes of aerobic exercise a day. There is evidence that only morning sunshine raise seratonin levels, as does exercise. Combining these two would seem to be a double whammy. Or I guess having an am walk and then somethine more at night might stabilize levels a little? I don't know, I guess whatever you can do!<br><br>
I would try these things for a month, and see how you feel. If it doesn't help, perhaps some blood work is in order (a thyroid panel, a complete blood count, and a fasting blood sugar, plus maybe a complete metabolic panel).<br><br>
I hope this has been helpful!<br><br>
Lori
 

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A homeopathist may be able to recommend something too. I've known people who get a remedy & it really helps.
 

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I actually just read that banans are great for depression. This<br>
is because bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier.<br>
There are lots of other benefits from bananas for PMS, stress, nerves, brain power, seasonal depression, blood pressure, and more!<br>
"a BANANA a day keeps the doctor away!"<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/banana.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="banana"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/banana.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="banana"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/banana.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="banana"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/banana.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="banana"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/banana.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="banana"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/banana.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="banana"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/banana.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="banana"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/banana.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="banana"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/banana.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="banana"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/banana.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="banana">
 

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Exercise helps me...I ride my bike or go to the gym. Also, Motherwort is my favorite nervine herb. You can take drops of the tincture as much as you want, it's perfectly safe when you're pg or bf or ttc....I love it.
 

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I've become totally interested in this new book call "Cleanse and Purify Thy Self". The man who writes the book claims that almost any disease can be eliminated by cleansing the bowel. Go to <a href="http://www.cleanse.net" target="_blank">www.cleanse.net</a> don't forget to look at the pics of the mucoid plaque!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="EEK!"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="EEK!"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="EEK!"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="EEK!"><br><br><br><br>
health and happiness, J
 
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