Some of us women like to think that when we’re depressed, chocolate ice cream and a romantic comedy are the ultimate cure to our bad day, bad relationship, bad (insert anything here). It seems that chronic bad eating and chronic bad lifestyle and environmental issues are to blame.
The article, The Hunter-Gatherer Cure for Depression written by Dr. Ilardi is an interesting read. “The human species never evolved “antidepressive genes” because our bodies and brains simply weren’t designed for modern life,” stated by Dr. Ilardi. Doesn’t this just make sense. The HG (hunter gatherer) never struggled with stress all day, everyday. Most Americans (and I don’t need fancy statistics for this one) don’t like their boss and their job isn’t the one they dreamed of in Kindergarten.
This article expands on some more tips:
1. Consume an abundant of omega 3 fatty acids: HGs ate in abundance with an omega 3 to 6 ratio 1:1. People today consume about 17:1. Staggaring. Mr. McDonald’s Runner, listen up!
2. Avoid Ruminating on Negative thoughts: In my opinion, the best way to get rid of Negative thoughts is to FIX the problem or FORGET about the problem.
3. Get regular sunlight to keep your body clock in sync. “Sunlight not only resets the body clock each day — necessary for healthy sleep and hormone regulation — but it also enables us to manufacture vitamin D, which regulates 500 different genes expressed in the brain.”
4. Stimulate key brain chemicals through physical exercise. “Research at Duke University found, for instance, that 30 minutes of brisk walking three times per week was as effective at alleviating depression symptoms as the antidepressant Zoloft after four months, and considerably more effective at a follow-up six months later.”
5. Emphasize social connection in order to avoid the harmful effects of isolation.
6. Increase healthier sleep for brain and body recovery.