• 25May


    How Bananas Are Better Than Pills For Treating Depression, Constipation And More

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    (NaturalNews) They’re often the fruit of choice for athletes looking to boost their electrolyte levels and get a quick energy boost, but bananas are a whole lot more than just a sweet treat or a pleasant addition to a morning smoothie. Rich in vitamins, minerals and other beneficial compounds, bananas can also serve as a natural remedy for treating depression, promoting regularity, boosting brain power and calming the nerves, among other important functions within the body.

    A closer look at the scientific literature on bananas reveals a host of little-known benefits associated with eating the fruit. Everything from regulating blood pressure and healing a damaged gut to relieving the symptoms of arthritis and even battling drug addiction have been attributed to this simple fruit, easily labeling it as one of the most amazing, widely available and inexpensive superfruits known to man.

    Eating bananas can help relieve depression and improve one’s mood

    As bananas contain tryptophan, the same compound in turkey meat that promotes a calm, relaxed mood, bananas are also said to aid in relieving the symptoms of depression. Combined with the benefits of B vitamins, the conversion of tryptophan into serotonin, the so-called “happy hormone,” helps improve mood and overall feelings of well-being.

    “Keeping your B vitamin intake up could ward off depression as you age,” explains Emily Main in a Rodale News article. “[W]hen you combine food sources of B vitamins with the added boost of supplements, the positive effects on depression are more pronounced.”

    The fiber in bananas helps promote regularity

    Like many other whole fruits and vegetables, bananas are an excellent source of soluble fiber. Fiber is necessary for maintaining regularity. Remembering to incorporate bananas into your regular diet can help you avoid constipation and other intestine- and bowel-related conditions.

    “Bananas help restore normal bowel function, especially if you have diarrhea,” explains one report. “This fruit also has lots of fiber to aid digestion.”

    Boost your brainpower with bananas

    In addition to B vitamins, bananas also contain high levels of potassium, an electrolyte mineral used by the heart, kidneys and other body organs for normal function. Brain neurons rely on high levels of potassium, a lack of which can lead to “brain fog” and other cognitive problems.

    “A 2013 study published in the Journal of Neuroscience Letters researched potassium supplementation and levels of free radicals in the brain,” reads a SFGate report on potassium and memory.

    “After 20 days of supplementation with potassium, the levels of harmful free radicals decreased significantly, reducing the amount of oxidative damage that occurred in the test subjects. Because oxidative damage leads to decreased brain function, potassium counteracts this effect and prevents brain damage.”

    B vitamins in bananas help calm the nervous system

    Of the eight known B vitamins, bananas are an excellent source of five of them — thiamin (B1), riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3), pyridoxine (B6) and folate (B9). The basic food source of the nervous system, these B vitamins aid the body in digesting and using other nutrients, as well as supporting a healthy heart, muscles and nerves.

    B vitamins “help produce and maintain new cells and are an essential part of many biochemical reactions in your body,” explains a report on bananas written by Joanne Marie for SFGate. “Bananas contain useful amounts of these B vitamins, ranging from 785 micrograms of niacin to 24 micrograms of folate in one medium banana.”

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  • 01Nov



    October 31, 2013

    Diet Fuels Depression

    October 31, 2013

    Women who consume a diet defined as inflammatory—high in red meat, fish, sodas, and refined grains—have a higher risk for depression, compared with women who consume low amounts of these products. As part of the Nurses’ Health Study, researchers analyzed the diets of 43,685 women who were free of depression at the onset of the research and followed them for an average of 12 years. Using measurable lab values associated with depression as well as a physician’s diagnosis and use of antidepressants, they found that women who favored inflammatory food products were 41 percent more likely to be depressed.

    Lucas M, Chocano-Bedoya P, Shulze MB, et al. Inflammatory dietary pattern and risk of depression among women. Brain Behav Immun. 2013. In press.

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  • 28Jul


    “…Deep breathing while holding Lung 1 (Lu 1) opens the respiratory system, clears repressed emotions by being able to breathe deeply again, and thus releases grief, emotional holding, frustration, and anger. If you are stuck, these Lung points can allow you to let go of what you’re holding on to….

    Holding the Lung 1 acupressure points releases emotional pain, numbness, heartache, sadness, and depression by increasing the body’s ability to breathe more deeply and assimilate the vital energy you get from oxygen. Holding these acupressure points while you breathe deeply can release tears and thus free your spirit.  Video clip ~

  • 29Oct

    by David Wolfe, one of my favorite raw foodists on the planet, ‘Avocado Wolfe”.
    Here’s what he says:
    “To break a bout of depression, eat one or more trays of berries in the morning for breakfast daily for 5-6 weeks.
    Eat them on an empty stomach and avoid other foods until 12 noon.
    Berries are an incredibly balanced food and their moderate sugar content does not jar the nerves
    …Eat mildly sweet foods such as berries throughout the day to keep your blood sugar up.
    If one is too sensitive to sugar or fruit, one can eat combinations of seeds (pumpkin, hemp) and vegetables
    to maintain energy without stimulating the body with sugars.
    Avoid dried fruit binging, complex carbs ( baked potatoes, french fries, breads, cakes, cookies, rice and alcohol)
    as these can cause erratic blood sugar fluctuations

  • 18Feb

    Here are things my family and I have come across that really work for us! I hope you find it useful,
    Dorothy, M and R
    Things That Work:

    For energy:
    - Maca powder in your daily smoothie
    -Alkaline or other purified water
    -Tea with a little caffeine – white/green
    -Gynostemma (tea) – to balance you, whatever you need in regards to energy – SpringDragon seems to be the purest source

    -Exercise (seriously, even just a daily walk), stretching, yoga
    -Being grateful
    -Don’t oversleep (7.5-8 hours a night, max)
    -decrease dairy and sugar in your diet
    -deep breathing through your nose
    -track your food intake and sleep for 1 month, see if your energy level has a pattern to it
    -if you need caffeine, avoid sugary drinks. Try green tea which also has a lot of antioxidants
    -take a nap! 20 minutes and you’ll be good as new.
    -Don’t feel guilty. It’s an energy suck.
    -watch a great comedy. Laughing makes everything seem easier
    -turn on some fun music.
    -DANCE! and if you don’t feel like dancing, dance like you don’t feel like dancing. If you feel tired, dance like you are tired. If you feel sad, dance like you’re sad. I swear, it makes me laugh at myself every time and that I get a lot of energy from laughing at myself.
    -hug someone. Tell someone that you love them. They’ll brighten up and so will you. Sympathetic joy is wonderful.
    -Treat yourself to something that will make you feel good. Spend money on a healthy treat or on a yoga class. You are worth it.

    For aches and pains:
    -MSM powder (or capsules)
    -Zheng gu Shei – a Chinese medicinal rub that starts at your bone marrow and heals outwardly
    -Magnesium – http://www.activationproducts.com/bewell-buzz-magnesium.html?AFFID=53213
    -Hot water bottle
    -Tiger’s balm (rubbed onto sore spots)
    -White flower essence (for headaches rub a tiny amount onto temples or neck)
    -Peppermint oil (for headaches rub a tiny amount onto temples or neck)
    -Ginger for upset stomach
    -Clove Oil for tooth pain
    -Lessen/give up foods that promote inflammation: dairy, caffeine, un-sprouted grains, etc….

    -Eating mostly alkaline
    -Hot bath with epsom salts
    -reduce amount of time seated or in front of screens
    -work on posture when you notice it
    -get acupuncture for specific or overall problems.
    -go to a chiropractor as needed
    -don’t be a martyr. Take a pain killer when needed! No need to suffer!!!
    -watch the pain. It changes. It shifts. Sometimes pain is not where you think it is. Try to get an overall sense of the pain. What does it feel like? Does it have a form? Does it feel sticky, shaky, stuck, hard? Sometimes locating it and giving it form helps somehow.

    For appearance (skin, form) and health:

    -Aloe (to drink)
    -vitamin E added to your (natural) oils with cacao butter or coconut oil
    -pink clay for my (previously) dry skin
    -Lots of water
    -rubbing an ice cube on your face (to close pores, reduce inflammation)
    -dry skin massage
    –have a salve handy that can be used on scrapes, scars, wrinkles etc.

    -A good night’s sleep
    -periodic fasting and colon cleansing
    -Eating mostly alkaline (lots of greens)
    -stop using over the counter acne treatments – only natural products
    -have a salve handy that can be used on scrapes, scars, wrinkles etc.
    -stop eating 2+ hours before bedtime. It actually makes you lose or maintain your weight!
    -don’t look in the mirror so much.
    -remember “no one thinks about you as much as you think they do!”
    -remember “It’s none of your business what other people think of you.”
    -remember, it doesn’t matter what you look like, it’s what you FEEL like.
    -if you feel ugly, overweight, tired, etc. what’s the worst that could happen? Someone judges you? We all do that all the time. It’s gone in a second. And if they continue to judge you that’s their problem. Not yours. They have to carry that judging weight with them. Live free from your appearance.

    For The Immune System/Warding off Sickness:
    - astragalus
    -2500 mg.+ Vitamin C powder
    -ginger tonic
    -cinnamon tonic
    -Brain tonic
    -lots of water, herbal teas

    -plenty of sleep, exercise and good food
    -vent your emotional worries to a friend, diary, or counselor
    -don’t overwork your will power. Let yourself indulge sometimes!
    -don’t rush the healing process (emotional, physical, mental, etc)
    -deep breathing
    -reduce unnecessary stresses. Write a list of your worries and mark off the unimportant ones and the ones you personally can’t solve.
    -go outside.
    -watch a crappy movie, curl up on the couch, and eat some chocolate!! Take care of yourself.

    For Sleep:

    -gotu kola
    -drinking lots of water
    -lavender tea or spray
    -Sleepytime Tea/Chamomile

    -drinking lots of water
    -not eating before bedtime
    -not eating before bedtime
    -regular exercise
    -making a list of things that need to get done tomorrow (once they are out of your head and on a paper, let them rest there)
    -going over your day in your head and seeing where you could be more compassionate (letting go of the day after you’ve done that)
    -writing down your dreams
    -reduce all light in your bedroom. Even small lights affect sleep
    -spray lavender on your pillows (5-10 drops of lavender essential oil with 1/2c water). It will make you breath deep and relax
    -make a ritual of turning the lights low, taking a bath, brushing your teeth and geting ready for bed in a darker environment (candles)
    -have Sleepytime tea before bedtime
    -make sure your bed is comfortable! Get the right pillow, luxurious sheets and you’ll look forward to bed time.
    -have a bit of airflow near you – an open window or a fan can make you continue to breath deep throughout the night
    -have pillows all around you. Snuggle with them. move them around and don’t be afraid to get totally comfortable.

    For Depression/Hormonal Balance/Emotions
    -vitamin D3
    - maca
    -Kava Kava
    - ginkgo biloba tincture and tea – improves memory and brain function, promotes longevity
    - angelica root tincture and tea for PMS
    - nettle tinctures and tea for PMS
    - chamomile, comfry, yarrow and marshmallow root tincture or tea for inflammation and calming of the nervous system
    - avoid estrogen high foods – soy milk, tofu, etc
    –Gynostemma (tea) – to balance you, whatever you need in regards to hormones- SpringDragon seems to be the purest source.

    - exercise, yoga, tai chi, walking
    - sleep
    -counting my blessings
    - meditation/breathing in the moment
    - get out in the sun
    - vent to friends and family. Don’t be afraid to tell someone you are depressed. There is no shame in it. Depression is a universal emotion. We all feel it to varying degrees. Hiding it won’t help.
    - don’t brush off your feelings. Experience them. If you feel depressed, allow yourself to feel it. Avoidance doesn’t solve anything
    - exercise. Hard! Push yourself and you’ll build confidence and sleep well. Plus you’ll feel more energy and release endorphins
    - treat yourself well.
    - see a counselor. Sometimes it helps to have someone trained to listen to you and hear what you are saying
    - journal. notice if you get depressed around certain times of year
    - reduce stress from any place you can
    - make a list of your outside pressures and see what you can get rid of
    - Say yes to people’s invitations. Getting out of the house can do a world of difference. Don’t be afraid to ask others to hang out.
    - Emotions are the physical manifestation of thoughts. Meditate on your emotions. Don’t try to change them. Just observe. Where in your body do you feel it? Does it have form? What does it feel like? Watch how it shifts.
    - Reduce dairy and sugar around hormone swings.
    - get a massage, get acupuncture, or go sit in a sauna. Pamper yourself and don’t over-exhaust your willpower.
    - go for a walk. It’s been proven to alleviate stress and calm the central nervous system. Watch your right foot step. Watch your left foot step. Concentrate on your breath and your steps. Lets everything else pass by.
    - take a long hot bath, light candles, and drip a few drops of lavendar essential oil in there.
    - practice dep breathing
    - practice yoga. Especially Iyengar’s poses for emotional stability (work your way up to these times and ALWAYS use supportive props):

    Down dog (supported) 3-5 mins,
    legs up wall (w/soles together) 3-5 mins,
    fish (supported) 3 mins,
    shoulder stand (supported) 5 minutes,
    plow (supported) 5 minutes,
    supported bridge 3-5 min,
    legs up wall (supported) 3-5 min,
    supported forward bend 5 min,
    wide leg stretch (supported) 3-5 minutes,
    butterfly (supported) 3 minutes,
    corpse pose (supported) 5 min.

  • 09Sep

    Natural Treatment For Depression
    With Nutritionist
    Shawn Stevenson

    In this podcast expert nutritionist, Shawn Stevenson, talks about root causes and natural treatments to problems of depression.

    Many people suffer quietly because they don’t realize they have an illness. They may feel the depression is a weakness and as a result don’t make the call for help. Let’s clear up some things right now. Depression is more than just having the “blues”. Depression is not a personal weakness or personality fault. This podcast will give you some solutions.


    When you listen to this podcast you will learn:

    How depression effects you biologically.
    The chemical process of depression.
    How Vitamin C helps reverse depression & its best botanical sources.
    This legume can help with dopamine based depression.
    This yellow flower has been clinically proven in helping depression.
    The amazing history and benefits of Ginkgo Biloba.
    People suffering with depression have a low level of this.
    You MUST remove these oils from your diet.
    This nut works just as well as a pharmaceutical antidepressant.
    And much more…

    Tackle depression with these natural treatments -


  • 09Feb


    Oat straw is used for:

    - Fighting osteoporosis

    - Building bones

    - Pain relief

    - Calming hyperactive children

    - Soothing elderly people

    - Fighting anxiety

    - Panic attacks

    - Boosting immune system

    - Depression and nervous exhaustion

    - Antidepressant

  • 12Dec

    a clip from Food Matters about a little known way to help with depression. That’s here:



    The second is the trailer for the film, a documentary on pharmaceuticals.


  • 03Jan

    Being a raw-foodist doesn’t necessarily keep one from depression, or any emotional state.

    In fact, becoming “raw” often brings to rise a number of emotional states. As one lets go of patterns in eating, emotions rise to the surface. Looking at them, watching them while not responding, helps them to leave quickly.

    As far as depression, I, as a raw-foodist for 2 years, still notice a depression, lasting a week or longer, during the winter. This year, living in Montana where there are a number of grey days in a row, my family and I are supplementing with vitamin D3, to see if it will help. We don’t receive enough sunlight in this area, to give us the adequate vitamin D needed for our systems.

    So we’ll let you know how it goes! So far, so good!


  • 03Jan

    There are a number of very good things to serve as natural anti-depressants.  I highly recomend my Ultimate Meal for energy and power. It really feels good and energizing to be on a really healthy diet, as you know.

    The webside: gerson.org is very good for getting people off of chemicals like the modern drugs and helping them recover from the effects of modern chemistry.

    iHerb.org or com  is supposed to be good for getting peope off of that stuff.  A cash register person at Target told me about how it helped her a lot coming off diabetes and anti-diabetes meds.

    One can google Family Constellations by international therapist Bert Hellinger. Bert feels and I feel that the person is one of the stars in families of constellations of stars. When one star in the past has had a difficult time, other stars feel a  pulled into their gravity or vortex.  Bert would have some very interesting and helpful insights about how people with illlnesses are often following someone before in the family, like a grandparent, a parent, an uncle or an aunt went through same or simiilar illness processes.  It is like bonding acrossgenerations amd simple little communications can have significant impact in detaching a person from unconscious family processes and history that may be influencing them.  Like I loved mom’s brother Uncle Howard Smith.  A WW II recon and vietnam B-52 pilot, he took a lot of risks and was considered a hero, dying young.  When I feel under stress and doing too much giving, in my imagination, I say “Uncle Howard, i love you.  I think I am following you.”  And I imagine him saying back:   “Brian, I love you.  You be well. Live long.”

    I am sure glad people are communicating their needs.