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The Hidden Cause of Depression, Alzheimer’s and Memory Loss Could Be Rooted In Brain Inflammation

by DailyHealthPost Editorial

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Anti-depressants Don’t Work for Everyone

Because anti-depressants are formulated to change brain chemistry, they won’t help if the root problem is inflammation in the brain. (19) In fact, for most people anti-depressant drugs work no better than a placebo (and they come with serious side effects).

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Natural Ways to Reduce and Avoid Inflammation

Inflammation is a natural phenomenon and is part of a healthy immune system response. Chronic inflammation is what you want to avoid. Knowing what lifestyle factors cause or increase the risk of systemic inflammation is the first step (source):

  • refined sugars
  • processed and refined flours (white bread, cookies, pasta, crackers, etc.)
  • acidic foods
  • dairy products
  • animal fats
  • caffeine
  • alcohol
  • food allergens (hidden food allergies cause body and brain inflammation)
  • exposure to toxic metals (mercury, lead, cadmium, aluminum)
  • chronic infections
  • environmental toxins (pesticides, herbicides, food additives and preservatives)
  • chronic stress
  • lack of exercise, sedentary habits
  • nutritional deficiencies: vitamins B12, C, and D; essential fatty acids
  • overuse of antibiotics and acid blocking medications
  • poor sleep habits.

Diet and Lifestyle to Avoid Chronic Inflammation

By reviewing some of the most common causes of inflammation, you can figure out how to avoid them.

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  • Exercise is always a good idea for every system in your body.
  • Add anti-inflammatory foods to your regular diet—you can find some suggestions here.
  • Regulate blood sugar—Alzheimer’s disease has been called “type 3 diabetes” due to the correlation of high blood glucose, insulin deficiency, and insulin resistance found with this neurodegenerative disease. (20)
  • Use fruit oils (extra virgin olive, coconut, avocado) instead of vegetable oils and margarine (canola, corn, soy).
  • Get enough omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Ensure you regularly get enough quality sleep. (21)
  • Restrict or eliminate processed foods, especially refined flour and sugar. Limit or eliminate wheat if you’re in the least bit sensitive to it.
  • Increase fresh organic produce, herbs, and spices of all colors to get nutrients and antioxidants (which reduce inflammation).
  • Especially consider adding these to your diet: green tea, ginseng, turmeric, ginger, nuts and seeds.
  • Practice mindful meditation to relieve stress. (22)

Chronic inflammation anywhere in your body can be disastrous.

This is especially true for brain inflammation, which we now know to contribute to depression and neurodegenerative diseases.

To beat depression, you have to approach it holistically from both an emotional and a physiological approach.

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Taking conscious steps to reduce systemic inflammation will help your psyche as well as your physique.

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