It annoys me when people talk about depression by giving simply answers, “oh, you just need to exercise more/you just need to eat better”…it just shows how little they understand: I don’t have the energy to do anything. I can’t force myself up. So, I want to preface this by telling you that I’m not just offering you advice that I think you can follow easily. I’m just telling you about some of the things that I've learned myself over the years.
When I find myself very down, I have a decent regimen of supplements that I like to take. These are always natural products – I don’t like taking things like antidepressants. And, yes, I took them for years. And, yes, I know they help other people. But no, they were bad for me. And, yes, I did try a number of different types.
OK, so here’s what I take. I'm also going to explain why I think they work, but that might be complete and utter nonsense because I’m not medically trained, and I’m only speaking anecdotally. However, I think I am allowed to tell people how these supplements make me feel, without having to rebut the “but science” deal. It’s my hypothesis based on my experience. I'm not making any claims.
Now on to the supplements:
You can buy this in supplement form or you can just chew on raw garlic. Eating the raw stuff makes me feel better than the supplements, but, unfortunately, it makes me smell awful. Fortunately, you can buy supplements with the smell taken out – they don’t feel as effective though.
I’m not sure why the garlic helps. Sometimes I think it might be that I have slightly thicker blood, and that this thins it out. I had a PE at 25, so it’s not that farfetched. I think the thicker blood may tire me out faster than usual, and so I naturally feel more run down.
There is no doubt that turmeric has many beneficial qualities, and one is its anti-inflammatory response. This is something that you have to build up in your system in order to feel any benefits. I find that after a month I start to feel healthier. I’m not sure why an anti-inflammatory might work, but there’s plenty of information about a link between depression and inflammatory responses. In fact, you’re going to hear a lot more about this in the coming decades.
3. Optibac Biotic
I’m not sure where I picked up this useful tip, but somewhere along my journey through the internet, someone recommended taking probiotics to help boost my mood. I thought it was a crock of nonsense, but I was desperate, so I bought some anyway. After two weeks, I felt a massive difference. I don’t know if it was a coincidence, or what, but probiotics make me feel better, and Optibac biotic is my preferred supplement.
4. Magnesium, with calcium and vitamin D
No idea which of the three is doing me the most good. I have a suspicion its magnesium, because it has calming qualities. It also gets rid of my restless legs, which is strange. I can sleep better too, which probably contributes to the improved mood.
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