Sunday, August 03, 2008

Great Articles on Postpartum Depression, and Anxiety

This is so refreshing. I knew that I had found a great resource at WomentoWomen.com, but after I have been searching the internet all week for natural remedies for PPD and not finding much at all. I received an email with this article on PPD that completely backs me up and gives more tips for helping hormone imbalances. Read here, it is great!
Another article on the same website is on anxiety and the natural remedies for it. Here is the link for that. It is very enlightening also!

A side note, on the email I got from Woman to Woman they had this information about Omega-3's:

"Some research on omega-3's shows promise for preventing, and possibly treating, depression. Researchers recently found that people with high levels of omega-3's in their blood had more gray matter in the sectors of the brain associated with positive emotions and moods, while the subjects with mild to moderate depression symptoms showed decreased gray matter in those same areas. More research is needed to determine whether omega-3's actually cause this phenomenon, but it's safe to say that healthy omega-3 levels can mean a more positive outlook on life and lower rates of memory loss.

How many omega-3's should you get in your daily diet? The average American only gets about 200 mg of two of the most important omega-3 fatty acids, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) per day from their diet, and the American Heart Association recommends a much higher intake of between 1000-3000 mg. Here is our quick rule of thumb:

If you have a healthy diet and no symptoms 600 mg/day Our Essential Nutrients has you covered
If you have joint pain, depression, mood swings, feeling overscheduled/rushed, anxiety attacks, etc. 1,000 - 2,000 mg/day Our Essential Nutrients plus an additional omega-3 supplement, or consider adding more deep water fish to your diet.
If you need to lower your triglycerides 2,000 - 3,000 mg/day Our Essential Nutrients, plus an additional Omega-3 supplement, plus more fish in your diet."


Thanks, Women to Women and Dr. Northrup! It is so nice to have such credible back up to the things that I have found work myself!

3 comments:

Samantha said...

"Great post. Here's a website that can help you overcome
anxiety disorder without much hassle. You might want to give it a try at www.attackanxiety.org"

Green Mountain Mama said...

Another great handout/info site for the role of inflammation and omega-3's with PPD is Kathleen Kendall-Tackett's site at
www.Granitescientific.com --
http://tinyurl.com/223vcj

Also a great overview of this topic at
http://www.nhbreastfeedingtaskforce.org/nhbftf-ppd-curriculum.pdf

Dawn Kersula MA, RN and developmental psychologist

Terry said...

Thank you, ladies for the links to these great sites. I'll be reading for awhile! I know there are alternatives to medicines out there.