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Make sure you drink lots of water (and electrolytes).

Studies link depression to dehydration because 85% of brain tissue is water.
Dehydration causes energy generation in the brain to decrease.

So my recommendation is to make sure you drink a good amount of water every day to keep the brain fog away.

How Dehydration Contributes To Depression

Because depression is a multi-faceted condition with several causes, involving multiple parts of your body, it would be an overstatement to say that all depression is affected by dehydration. However, in many cases, dehydration could be a contributing factor worth considering.

Can dehydration cause depression?

There is a lot more information to be found about the possible link between dehydration and depression.
You really have nothing to lose and a lot to gain in drinking more water (as long as it is within reason).

 

How Do You Eat an Elephant?

The answer… one bite at a time

Depression and anxiety can be caused or greatly exacerbated by stress, more specifically the feeling of being overwhelmed by the endless demands that life throws at us.

Take for example myself, I have a career where all day every day I am bombarded with requests from customers, co-workers, business partners, bosses. All requests have an urgency to them.
I have my family household who have needs. I need to keep the money coming in to keep the roof over our heads, the bills paid and our belly’s full. I have friends and family I need to keep in touch with, side projects I want to deliver… The sad thing is that this is a truncated list!

This is the reality of our lives in this modern world.

It is all too easy to become overwhelmed and stressed over it all.

One thing I have learn is that we let the sense of being overwhelmed stop our progress and take our power. We need to keep calm and carry on.
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The way I do this is to make a list of what I need to do, and then pick a single high priority task out of the list which I work on until its done. While working on one of the items in the list, I don’t worry about anything else.

This is akin to eating an elephant one bite at a time!

 

Inflammation causes depression sometimes

Inflammation is when chemicals from the body’s white blood cells are released into the blood or affected tissues to protect your body from foreign substances. This release of chemicals increases the blood flow to the area of injury or infection.
Acute inflammation is a normal part of our body’s healing process, this might occur when you get a scratch (example). The skin around the scratch will become engorged with blood and become puss filled while the body repels any invading bacteria.

In contrast to acute inflammation is chronic inflammation. This is long term inflammation that just hangs around, often attacking the body itself making you sick rather than healthy. This could be as a result of allergies, stress, intake of toxic foods, bad environment, lack of vitamins or one of many other lifestyle issues.

Depression has been strongly linked with chronic inflammation.

In order to get past depression, it might be required to work out how to rid yourself of chronic inflammation.

This image from http://www.nutrishield.com/inflammageing/contentp2.php is a good guide on how to treat inflammation.

Know that depression and anxiety can’t hurt you!

One of the best tricks to beating depression and anxiety is in learning to accept it for what it is…
Just mind stuff, nothing more.

It is really just a scary illusion that feeds off our fear of it.

The more we pay attention to our depression and let it rule our lives the more power it has, the more power it gains.

The more we accept it and carry on living as if it doesn’t exist, the weaker it gets… until it ceases to exist entirely.

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Synapses and neurotransmitters – how your brain is supposed to work and why your feeling down

Synapses and neurotransmitters – how your brain is supposed to work and why your feeling down

Depression and anxiety can be traced back to an organic cause that happens within the brain itself, and that cause is the brain not having enough of the neurotransmitter serotonin to allow it to run well.
Serotonin can be likened to something like oil in a car. Your brain burns through serotonin like a car burns through oil.
If your brain is constantly stressed, it will possibly burn through the serotonin faster than your body can restore it. And like running out of oil in a car, running out of serotonin is NOT GOOD.
If you run out of serotonin messages in some parts of the brain won’t be delivered in a normal way and your brain will act like a junk heap of a car on its way out.

Here’s an image that explains how serotonin is involved in message delivery… (with the addition of diamond shaped ecstasy molecules for good measure)

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This begs the question, if you run out of serotonin how do you get it back?

The answer;

  • You need to learn how to function on low serotonin until it is restored.
  • You need to learn to chill out, slow down and manage your stressors better so you don’t use up so much damn serotonin.
  • You need to do things that will increase your serotonin creation
  • You COULD go on some medications, proven to slow the rate that serotonin leaves your brain (SSRIs)
  • Then wait… and it will be restored in time.

Once you get your serotonin levels back and right… DON’T USE IT ALL UP AGAIN because depression and anxiety SUCKS.

The brain gut axis – beat depression and anxiety with probiotics

Take Probiotics to Help Treat Depression and Anxiety

Did you know that your depression and or anxiety could be caused by the bacterial colony in your bowels being overgrown with the wrong bacteria?

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A large percentage of the serotonin in your body is actually produced in your gut, in part by the microbes that reside there. If the bacteria colony in your gut has been damaged, resulting in symptoms like IBS there’s a good chance that this is linked to your body running a shortage of serotonin. This results in mood disorders like depression and anxiety.

http://www.caltech.edu/news/microbes-help-produce-serotonin-gut-46495

“Our work demonstrates that microbes normally present in the gut stimulate host intestinal cells to produce serotonin”

 

 

How does this translate practically to our own battle with mood disorders?

Quite simply, we need to start taking probiotics

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/evolutionary-psychiatry/201602/probiotics-depression

Probiotics are anti-inflammatory microbes that seem to affect the gut in a positive way, decreasing stress signaling in the body and possibly even increasing the transformation of the amino acid tryptophan to serotonin in the brain. In both their anti-inflammatory capacity and their serotonin capacity, probiotics have *some* overall effects similar to antidepressants such as SSRIs.

Some videos on the subject