Natural Treatment For Post Natal Depression (PND) Through Supplements

8 Nov

As a relatively new mum, I have become involved both professionally and socially with many more mums than I used to know, and I have been amazed by just how many of these clever, interesting women have been struck by post-natal depression (commonly known as PND) since giving birth.

For many, they reach a point where they realise they need help, and go straight to the doctor who generally either tells them their symptoms are not strong enough for him to take any action, or prescribes medication.  This medication typically numbs the senses, meaning the woman is relieved from the drastic lows she had been experiencing, but also robbing her of the highs; the good times she used to enjoy.

There is another option.  Post-natal depression can be treated naturally through diet, exercise and supplementation.

While there is undoubtedly a psychological aspect to post-natal depression as the new mum comes to terms with the huge demands and responsibility of having a baby, it is usually triggered by hormonal changes.  The good news is that these can be overcome naturally without resorting to medication.

While pregnant, your body transfers large amounts of zinc to your unborn baby.  Unless you have a generous supply of zinc (and most people don’t), this will leave you zinc deficient.  Common side-effects of zinc deficiency?  Depression, poor appetite, white marks on fingernails, stretch marks and poor immune system.

So, the first thing you need to do if you are presenting these symptoms after having a baby is to restore your zinc levels.  However, supplementing individual vitamins and minerals can be dangerous – so you will need to supplement a high-quality, natural multivitamin and mineral.  (Ask me for a recommendation.)

Next, you need to supplement Omega-3 fatty acids.  This is also a very common deficiency present with post-natal depression.  Increasing Omega-3 levels is a balancing act through diet and supplementation.  Oily fish (salmon, sardines, mackerel) should be eaten in limited amounts, due to the pollution fish is exposed to, and pumpkin and sunflower seeds should be added to your diet each day.  A pure Omega-3 fatty acid supplement should also be used.

These steps, together with a healthy diet and regular exercise, can combat post-natal depression without the need for medication.

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