Could Parasites Be Making You Depressed?

parasite cleanse with pineapples

Parasites hate pineapple

Just for a second, imagine having parasites in your body. That’s quite an awful thought, right? It’s what nightmares are made of – and yet, it might not be as far from the truth as you think.

According to Dr. Oz, “1 out of 3 Americans is infected with an intestinal parasite at any given time.” That’s a lot of people!

And it doesn’t matter whether you travel to exotic countries or not; you can get parasites from undercooked meats, dirty fruits and vegetables, or even from walking barefoot and doing gardening. So, unfortunately, being a vegetarian or vegan does not protect you from a parasitic infection. Anybody can get it.

How do you know if you have a parasite? If one in every three Americans has one… that one could be YOU, right?

I’ll give you a short list of some common symptoms:

1) Abdominal pain, cramping
2) Unexplained, sudden weight loss or gain
3) Feelings of fatigue, depression, apathy
4) Unexplained diarrhea, gas, constipation, etc.
5) Skin irritations, eczema, etc.
6) Vitamin deficiencies despite healthy diet

Do any of these problems sound familiar? If so, it may be time for a parasite cleanse! Yay, what fun!

Since I always focus on natural remedies, I won’t go into any synthetic chemical-laden solutions to the parasite problem. Instead, I want to highlight some effective treatments that are quite inexpensive and natural.

Here we go:

1) Herbs. There are a variety of herbs that work great against parasites, such as wormwood, black walnut, and cloves. It’s best to use a blend of several herbs in order to kill the different stages of parasites (eggs, larvae, adult worms).

2) Pineapple and Papaya. They contain the enzymes bromelain and papain, which digest protein, helping your body rid itself of parasites.

3) Food-Grade Diatomaceous Earth. Mostly consisting of silica, DE does not only make your hair and skin look great, but it also helps eliminate intestinal worms and parasites.

4) Raw Pumpkin Seeds. They are nutritious, taste good, and also kill parasites!

5) Unpasteurized Apple Cider Vinegar (with the “mother”). It helps restore your pH balance and eliminates parasites.

6) Raw Garlic. Another parasite killer! (Also good for keeping vampires at bay)

Whether you think you have parasites or not, it makes sense to do a parasite cleanse twice a year, especially if you feel like your health is not as good as it should be. But be aware: if you do have some kind of parasitic infection, you may go through some uncomfortable detox symptoms. However, you will feel like a new person once the critters have been completely eliminated from your body.

Happy Cleansing!

 

References:
Parasites: Could They Be Making You Sick?
10 Signs You May Have A Parasite
Say Goodbye to Parasites
Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth Health Benefits for Humans
The Anti-Parasite Diet: Foods That Make Parasites Run for Cover

Can Eating Good Bacteria Make You Less Prone to Depression?

probiotics to prevent depression

Nowadays, we know that the gut-brain connection is a real thing. This means there are basically two brains in your body – one in your head and one in your stomach – which interact with each other.

Therefore, it comes as no surprise that a randomized controlled trial conducted by the Leiden Institute of Brain and Cognition in the Netherlands revealed that eating probiotics (beneficial bacteria) daily for 4 weeks reduces feelings of depression.

The probiotic supplement used in this study contained several different strains of bacteria, such as Lactobacillus, Lactococcus, and Bifidobacterium. It is not clear, however, whether just one strain in particular was responsible for lifting the participants’ mood or if a different combination of strains has the same effects.

If you have ever taken antibiotics or have been exposed to chlorinated/fluoridated water (known to harm gut bacteria), it would be a good idea to consume probiotics, be it in form of a supplement or foods such as yogurt, kefir, and fermented vegetables.

References:
Are Probiotics the New Prozac?
Can Probiotics Improve Your Mood?
New Evidence Shows Probiotics Could Help Fight Depression

Stop Trying to Be Perfect

stop trying to be perfect

Every time you try to reach perfection, you will be disappointed. Perfection is an illusion. An unattainable goal. Even nature, as extraordinarily beautiful and magical as it is, isn’t perfect.

Why do we even bother? What is wrong with having a few flaws? Doesn’t that make us more interesting?

I have never met a person or animal that was flawless. There is always a little something that makes them unique. It might be a scar, a short leg, a stutter… you name it.

I say, “Embrace your imperfections!” Because, if you’re like me, there will be many. Be proud of your shortcomings. They make you who you are.

How Do Famous People Deal with Depression?

spirituality to overcome depression

What do Jim Carrey, Stephen Hawking and J.K. Rowling have in common? Apart from being wealthy, they all used to suffer from depression.

One might think that famous and rich people are automatically happy, enjoying the good life. But they are no different from everyday people when it comes to depression. In fact, they are often more susceptible to depression due to high levels of stress.

Some reach for the bottle, and others take pills, but the ones I’m interested in go the natural route.

Let’s look at Jim Carrey for example. Famous for playing silly movie characters, this comedian always appeared to be quite happy and carefree. But what the public didn’t know was that Carrey had been depressed ever since his teenage years. Behind the funny face, he was a very sad man.

In interviews he openly spoke about his bouts of depression and how he dealt with them. After taking Prozac for a long time, he realized that drugging himself was not going to be a long-term solution.

So how did Carrey overcome depression? According to him, spirituality played an important role along with avoiding any kinds of drugs (including even stimulants such as coffee) and eating a healthy diet.

His message is simple: “It all comes down to the same thing. You’re in a loving place or you’re in an unloving place.” He consciously chooses to foster positive thoughts on a daily basis, and it seems to be working well for him.

Feeling Suicidal? Drink Coffee!

 

coffee helps suicidal depressed people

So you feel really depressed right now and want to take your life? Have some coffee first! It might just save you.

It reads like a joke, but it’s actually true. Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health found out that drinking 2-4 cups of coffee a day (equal to 400 mg of caffeine/day) reduces the risk of suicide by about 50%.

Apparently, caffeine helps to stimulate the central nervous system, while at the same time acting as a mild antidepressant.

This makes me wonder whether Starbucks customers are generally happier than the non-coffee drinking population…

References:
– Drinking Coffee May Reduce Risk of Suicide in Adults

What to Do When You Hate Your Job

walking away from dreadful job

Walk away from your dreadful job and start living your life

When you’re stuck in a job you hate, you suffer. Not just during your work hours but all the time. The thought how much you want to escape this situation is always in the back of your head, even when you’re not actively thinking about it.

Then why do so many people put up with this? Why don’t they wave their job good-bye and move on to something they actually enjoy?

Fear is one of the biggest roadblocks, often being overwhelming and leaving you paralyzed. Questions such as “What if I can’t find another job? Will I end up on the streets?” are scary.

It is true that your success is not guaranteed. You might or might not find a decent job you enjoy. You might be poor for a while or even a long time. You might lose friends, might have to move into a smaller apartment.

Or maybe not. Maybe you hit the jackpot instead, finding yourself in the job of your dreams. Happiness could be just around the corner.

You will never find out what’s possible if you don’t try. Yes, it’s risky. And yes, it can be damn scary. But if you don’t take the leap, you will always be stuck in a dreadful job.

Stop Comparing Yourself to Others

comparing others depressed

…until you stop comparing.

Everybody does it every now and then. Comparing yourself to others seems to come naturally to us, but do we benefit from it or does it simply make us miserable?

Pros
You could say that comparing your efforts to other people’s efforts might make you more motivated and driven when you see what’s possible. This can certainly be helpful when you’re competing in sports for example.

Cons
Comparisons can easily turn against you when they lead to negative self-talk. Do you ever compare your clothes/car/house to other people’s? How often does it end in “I’m so grateful for my life”? Probably not too often. Instead, feelings of unfairness and jealousy will fill your heart, making you sad and resentful.

Wanting to grow and become better is a natural urge. We want to strive for the best. This doesn’t need to involve comparing ourselves to others though.

Why don’t we simply look at our past achievements if we decide to compare. How well did you do ten or five years ago? How far have you come since then? Focussing on your personal path will give you more realistic and helpful feedback, guaranteed.

References:
– A Helpful Guide to Stop Comparing Yourself to Others

Feeling Unmotivated? Do This!

pick one household chore

Look at those pretty sponges! It certainly makes cleaning up more fun.

Do you ever feel like everyday tasks, such as making dinner or doing the laundry, are overwhelming? Just the thought of all the preparation that goes into each task can be too much.

Sometimes I still get this feeling, even though I know that doing household chores is really not a big deal.

So what can you do to snap out of this apathy?

Pick ONE thing you need to do, e.g. taking out the trash. Don’t worry about all the other tasks that are screaming for your attention. Simply focus on this one chore. Don’t complain, don’t pity yourself – just do it.

Now that you’ve completed that task, how do you feel? Better than before, right? Perfect! Then go on to do the next task. Use the momentum you’ve created to tackle the rest of the chores.

When you break down your mental to-do list (instead of looking at the whole picture), you realize that taking small steps is easy and doesn’t take too much energy. You might even end up liking the process, wondering why you ever felt so unmotivated in the first place.

So remember: focus on one thing and get the ball rolling.

The Past is the Past

leave past behind heal depression

Obsessive thinking about what you should or shouldn’t have done in the past will not add any happiness to your life. On the contrary, it will make you feel remorseful, sad or even angry.

The past should stay where it is – in the past.

Whether you like or don’t like the decisions you’ve made and all the things that happened to you, it’s important to move on. Bad experiences can help you get motivated to change your life for the better. Don’t play the victim role, as tempting as it is, but take responsibility for everything in your life.

Time is very powerful, it’s your friend. What hurt like hell a few days ago will only prick a little next year.

Focus on the life you want, don’t keep dwelling on your past. You don’t want to miss all the great things that are ahead of you because you’re too busy looking back.

Get An Energy Boost with Vitamin B12

b12

Did you know that depression can be one of the early symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency?

If you experience mental fogginess, memory problems, mood swings and fatigue, chances are you’re deficient in B12. Vegetarians, people over 50, heavy coffee drinkers, and people who take certain prescription drugs are especially at risk.

If this sounds like you, please have your B12 levels checked. Whether your levels are low or within the normal range, it is a good idea to consume more vitamin B12 (you can’t overdose).

Natural sources include beef, beef liver, chicken and eggs. All of these should ideally be organic. However, sometimes you need a bit more B12 than what you can get from your food, especially when you’re severely deficient. In that case, supplementation is a safe alternative.

Look for a B12 supplement that contains methylcobalamin, which is superior to the more common cyanocobalamin.

I’m quite happy with my sublingual B12 supplement, which I take once in a while. Every time I do take it, I notice a boost of energy and improved mood. It’s certainly an investment well worth it.

References:
– Potentially Life Threatening Vitamin Deficiency Affects 25% of Adults
– A Shot in Time Saves Mind