If someone asked “How are you?” right now, what would you tell them?
Maybe you’ve been feeling a little blue…but you haven’t wanted to say anything about it.
It’s no big deal, right? Everybody gets sad now and again. We all have our good days and bad days.
But if you find the blues have been hanging around for more than just a few days…maybe more like a few weeks or months…you could be suffering from a serious medical condition.
You could be experiencing depression.
But before you let a doctor put you on one of those over-prescribed anti-depressants that throw a wet blanket over your brain chemistry, you should know that the root cause of your depression may not be “in your head.”
New research shows how inflammation can cause depression…and if you already have depression, inflammation can dial the misery index up an extra notch or two.
We already know that chronic inflammation can kick off lots of other chronic diseases. It plays a key role in arthritis, heart disease, dementia, and more.
And if you’ve got depression, your levels of two troublesome inflammation markers — C-reactive protein (CRP) and Interleukin 6 (IL-6) — could be sky high. A new review of 200 studies finds depressed patients have up to 50 percent higher levels of CRP and IL-6.
Antidepressants will do little to nothing to alleviate depression accompanied by inflammation, according to the study in the American Journal of Psychiatry — not only because they don’t even touch the root cause of the depression, but also because antidepressants do little to nothing against ANY form of depression.
So instead, the researchers suggest you gobble some anti-inflammatory painkillers such as NSAIDS, try yoga, and meditate.
Give me a break already!
You shouldn’t have to face the risks that come with pain pills, and you certainly don’t need to light a scented candle, chant some nonsense, or sit in a ridiculously uncomfortable position on the floor.
All you need are some natural inflammation-fighters, and one of the best of the bunch is curcumin — a compound found in turmeric, the Indian spice that gives curry its color.
Curcumin has even gone head to head against Prozac in a clinical study…and won!
But don’t stop there — give your brain an even better boost with the omega-3 fatty acids found in salmon and the B vitamins in steak.