Depression is a clinical diagnosis that can cause havoc to any fitness, nutritional or wellness goal you might have, and can be very detrimental to life itself if not tended to in a fairly immediate manner.
Depression onsets by means of various factors such as: low self esteem, chemical imbalances, traumatic events or other mood disorders. Whatever the cause, rapid treatment is key in breaking the depressive chains that can bind you so tightly you feel there is no way to escape. Depression has affected millions and continues to claim various victims on a daily basis. However, there is a wave of research and treatment options that are being incorporated regularly to combat this nasty disease. Most of antidepressant medications prescribed for depression, focus on restoring balance to otherwise unbalanced chemicals in the brain that can contribute to depression. This chemical trio is made up of serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine. It is said that when these neurological chemical levels are low is when depressive symptoms could surface. Typically low serotonin levels result in obsessive, anxious and compulsive behaviors, while low levels of norepinephrine result in decreased alertness or overall interest in life as well as the onset of anxiety and lack of attention. Decreased dopamine levels can contribute to decreased motivation, inability to find pleasure in or reward from anything that life has to offer as well as lack of attention.
Exercise the depression right out of you
>Not only is exercise good for your overall health and wellness, it has actually been proven to combat depression, and in an effective manner at that. The theory behind exercise directly treating depression includes the release of endorphins, the reduction of immune system chemicals and the increase in the body’s core temperature. Endorphins are said to be a natural pain blocker which eases the feeling of depression. Reducing immune system chemicals lessens the risk of possibly worsening depression, while increasing the body’s core temperature may actually have a calming effect upon depressive symptoms. Exercise indirectly affects depression by also boosting self confidence, allowing you to cope and manage your depression in a healthy and positive way, serving as a distraction from the never-ending cycle of negative thoughts and feelings and allows some social interaction, which can do wonders for a depressed person.
Diet upon exercise for a depression-free life
To help achieve overall health and wellness from a depressive state, exercise must be feasted upon. A proper diet and fitness regimen are also good options in helping to overcome symptoms of depression, but nothing is as satisfying as that post exercise feeling. Allowing the endorphins to flow freely can soak up depressive symptoms like a kitchen sponge. Exercise doesn’t necessarily have to be at the gym or even include running a marathon or biking hundreds of miles. It could be as simple as getting out of the house and going for a walk, gardening, playing with the kids, washing your vehicle, or anything that gets you up and moving about, allowing the heart to really pump and get that blood moving. So remember, instead of just popping another pill, try and exercise the depression away, it just might be the treatment that helps to save your life.