Depression can be simply described as a state of low mood and aversion to activity that can affect a person’s thoughts, feelings, behavior, and sense of well-being. This mood disorder affects how we handle our daily activities, such as sleeping, eating, or working.
Its symptoms differ from person to person, which means that everyone who is suffering from depression needs special treatment to deal with it. When depression is in its mildest form, most people can get rid of it by following a healthy and active lifestyle. But, when it gets severe, it can be highly destructive and even life-threatening, so don’t go through it alone. Also, it is good to know that in order to be diagnosed with depression, the symptoms must be present for at least two weeks.
Signs and symptoms of depression:
- Sad, anxious, or “empty” feelings
- Irritability, restlessness
- Feelings of guilt
- Feelings of hopelessness
- Constant tiredness
- Reduced energy
- Difficulty concentrating
- Inability to make decisions
- Insomnia or excessive sleeping
- Loss of appetite of overeating
- Relationship difficulties
- Loss of interest in doing activities that were once pleasurable
- Thoughts of suicide, suicide attempts
The Healing powers of turmeric
The good news is that Nature has supplied us with turmeric, a spice that can be very helpful in the fight against most health problems. This healing spice, native to southern Asia, can help prevent the breakdown of cells into cancerous cells. It can also reduce some of the Alzheimer’s symptoms, prevent cholesterol oxidation, reduce acidity, and treat liver disorders, jaundice, and diarrhea. In addition to this, turmeric can also significantly reduce the risk of heart disease. All of turmeric’s healing properties are a result of the presence of its active component called curcumin, as well as its high levels of antioxidants.
How does turmeric fight depression?
There are many drugs on the market that fight depression. One of the most widely used is Prozac. The sad thing about these types of drugs is their ability to cause some severe side effects such as difficulty in breathing and stomach bleeding.
Turmeric, on the other hand, is not only effective against depression in the same way as Prozac, but it also won’t cause any of the side effects that are commonly associated with the use of medications.
Turmeric Lemonade Recipe
- 4 cups of cold filtered or sparkling water
- 1 tsp of freshly grated turmeric (or powdered turmeric)
- 3 tbsps. of maple syrup (or honey)
- Juice of 1 organic lemon
- Juice of 2 blood oranges or regular oranges.
- Combine all ingredients in a small pitcher, stir and serve with a slice of lemon.
It is recommended to consume this mixture at least once a day. Keep in mind that this super healthy mixture is not a cure for depression. It works as good additional to other treatments in terms of easing depression symptoms. You will also need to follow a healthy and active lifestyle, and use other treatments provided by health professionals.
Do not use turmeric in any form in you are taking any of these medications.