How to Fight Depression: 7 Secrets to Stop Depression


Dr. Axe: Hey guys, Dr. Josh Axe here with
Jordan Rubin. Welcome to “Ancient Medicine Today.” We’re going be talking about how to overcome
depression and anxiety naturally. And if you have ever struggled with or know
anybody with just feeling down in the dumps, maybe lack of motivation, depression, anxiety,
even bipolar disorder, we’re going to be going through the best foods, supplements, essential
oils, some herbal remedies, and a whole lot more that can help you lift your spirits and
mood, and this is so important for so many reasons, Jordan. I know that there are a lot of diseases today
that are tied to our mood. In fact, I think another thing we could even
talk about is self-esteem being so low with people but depression, anxiety, these are
huge issues that are plaguing America today, and we’re going to be answering your questions
about these, getting into a lot of info. And also, let us know the city or from, the
state you’re from, the country you’re from, we want to say hey to you right now before
we jump to the info. But Jordan, to start us off here, how bad
and how many people are struggling with depression anxiety today? Jordan: The numbers are staggering. In fact, I once heard that there are double
digit percentage of adults that are on various anti-depression and anti-anxiety medications. So, those are just folks that are medicated. But if you think about a lot of what’s going
on in the news, so think about terrorist attacks, think about a lot of these other issues, the
folks that typically are causing this great harm to people, have a history of depression,
anxiety, and are on medications. But, I personally . . . and we haven’t talked
about this off the air but there are two family members of mine that were seriously depressed,
that committed suicide and they were siblings. They did it years and years apart. My wife has a first cousin that committed
suicide. I know growing up my mom had friends . . . and
this is a serious topic, folks and I want to make sure you understand that while we
try to bring light-hearted messages, engage the audience, this is serious. And I know several people that have lost loved
ones even children of teenage or adult children to suicide because they didn’t understand
the signs of depression. So, if you’re watching today and you are suicidal,
you have serious depression, we do believe that food can be medicine. We do believe that herbs can help, but if
you need help that is beyond that, if you need spiritual or emotional help, talk to
somebody, seek that help. There are organizations and ministries set
up to help you. If you’re somebody who typically struggles
with mood swings, you’ve got low serotonin. So you just feel the blues. People use the term, “I’m depressed,” but
that’s not always what we’re talking about here. But if you’re someone who needs serious help,
who needs prayer etc., seek that and then add some of these nutritional interventions
and also, there are some great therapies simply exercising and moving that. But challenges depression can be characterized
by low motivation and it’s hard to do anything but you’re right, self-esteem and really,
it’s beyond that. Self-hatred is at the root of chronic depression
because you believe the world will be better without you, you believe that you’re just
not that important. Let me tell you this folks, it’s easy to look
at us and say, “Oh, you two have it all. You do these programs, and Dr. Axe has all
these followers, and you’ve written books and have companies,” folks, we deal with major
issues. And I can tell you, whether it’s family, whether
it’s business, there are times where we are on our knees praying, where we have to confess
the promises of God, where we have to talk to people, everybody deals with ups and downs. But understand that, if you’re watching, you
are a valuable person. You were created for a purpose, and that’s
really the first key to getting your life back. That being said depression is real it definitely
can be a caused or exacerbated by the environment, and your mind or depression can cause physical
symptoms. I’d like to say it’s psychosomatic and so
most psychotic. So, understand this is serious, we’re here
to help, and we have some great tips to transform your brain from the inside out and help with
depression, anxiety, mood swings, even bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, multiple personality
disorder. I’ve seen all of these improved with health
and wellness techniques. Dr. Axe: Yeah, and we know, as Jordan’s talking
about, there are millions of people struggling with these conditions right now, and hey,
take a minute right now, help us spread the message we’re going to share with you right
now on how to use food as medicine, lifestyle, some other things emotional and spiritually,
to help overcome depression, anxiety and all the conditions Jordan referenced. So, take a minute right now, hey, punch your
share button, click your like button and help us spread this message that it is so important
that we start really focusing on improving our mood and our emotions with food as well
as these other things that Jordan is talking about. These things are absolutely critical. We want to give you guys a shout out who are
watching here now as well. And you know, Jordan, I want to say this as
well you know something that happens, I think really, really often too, is postpartum depression. I mean, things like that. It’s one of the most common I know that I
saw in my clinic on a regular basis. And so, even for . . . you know, so, depression
could be something somebody has struggled with for years or sometimes. I know that . . . you know, I can have a depressing
day or week and so just focusing on it both in the long term and short term is good. So, a few comments here and in questions and
where people are from. Christopher says, “Hey, from Eagan Minnesota.” Hey, Christopher, thanks for joining us here
today, and we are actually getting a lot of comments here. Rene says, “Yoga and mind-body treatment is
good,” also says, “I love listening to music.” Daphne is watching from Lyndhurst, Illinois. Hey, Daphne thanks for joining us here today. Ninfa, “From Santa Monica, California.” Hey, Ninfa, thanks for thanks for joining
us here today as well. Well, guys, we’re going to dive right in. Few other people here: Amber says, “Hi, from
Gonzales, Los Angeles,” and Sarah Hardy, “From Salt Lake City, Utah.” Hey, Sarah, thanks for joining us here today. So, Jordan, let’s dive right in. We want to talk about some of the best foods
to help overcome depression and anxiety, and let’s go ahead and start off here. What’s the number one food? Jordan: Well, before you write this, let me
say that when you are depressed or down in the dumps, which is characterized by low serotonin
a hormone that is really produced in multiple places the body but primarily in the brain
. . . When you’re depressed, what do you go for food wise? Dr. Axe: Sugar. Jordan: Sugar, and something sweet. Sometimes you mix it in with fat but think
about ice cream and cookies, chips. The worst thing you can do for your brain
and your mood is to artificially boost your blood sugar, which momentarily boost your
serotonin and then it’s down. That’s why SSRIs are the number one class
of antidepressant medications. They’re selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors
which means it stops the serotonin from going down but it comes at a cost. So, if you think that getting to the bottom
of the ice cream container or if you think that a bag of cookies or chips is going to
solve the issue, it only makes it worse then you feel bad about yourself, you feel sick. So, that being said, don’t go for what you
think you want. Someone said, “Stressed shouldn’t be desserts
spelled backwards,” or something like that. So, number one, we’ve said this before but
I think you can’t go wrong by consuming wild-caught fatty fish and let’s start with salmon. Salmon has three powerful nutrients that boost
your brain. Number one, omega-3 fats, and we’re going
to talk specifically about one omega-3 that is really, really good for depression, that
is only available in a small amount of supplements. We’re going to tell people about that at the
end of the program. Omega-3 fats, vitamin D, which is really important
and so many people suffer seasonally from depression, seasonal affective disorder because
they don’t get enough sunshine. Vitamin D and astaxanthin, which is an antioxidant
that crosses the blood-brain barrier. So, salmon is an amazing food for your brain
period but particularly for depression. People that consume fatty fish are less likely
to be depressed. Dr. Axe: Absolutely, the next one we have
here are walnuts, and Jordan, we talk about this every week or seems like I bring it up,
but certain foods that look like organs within eastern medicine, support that organ or certain
parts of an animal can support that area. We talk about that with bone broth, with joints
and liver with supporting neuron, liver and detoxification channels but a walnut literally
looks like a brain . . . Jordan: It really does. Dr. Axe: . . . when you look at it and it’s
packed with vitamin E which is actually a fat-soluble antioxidant and it’s very nourishing
to the brain and heart and full body, as well as it also contains omega-3 fatty acids. Now, different than the omega-3s found in
salmon. Salmon is high in EPA and DHA, whereas walnuts
are high in ALA, which are a different type of fat but still an omega-3 that can actually
support overall brain health, not to mention walnut is also high in certain minerals and
vitamins which support the brain as well including many B vitamins, it’s great there as well. So, walnuts are a fantastic food. And Jordan, one of the things I love doing
is just doing a handful of walnuts with some raisins, things like that. Like, a snack during the day or adding some
walnuts to a smoothie a great thing to do. Jordan: And we’ve talked about this before,
you can over eat nuts, the best way not to do it is to crack them yourself. And some people, are looking at me in your
20s, “You can crack nuts?” Yeah, they don’t come cracked already. They actually come in a shell. So, if you crack them yourself the added benefit
other than a good workout for your forearm is you eat less because it takes more work,
right? So, walnuts are great. Blueberries are a great brain food in general. The anthocyanins that make them blue power
the brain, you can say that about some other dark colored fruits, vegetables, grains, and
seeds, but blueberries have been shown to boost brain power and the sharper your brain,
the less likely you are to suffer from depression. And then I would say the fourth food will
make some people excited. Dr. Axe: All right, absolutely. Number four here is dark chocolate which contains
mostly cacao powder. And you know, cacao is actually one of the
most mineral rich foods out there today in terms of its magnesium content, its manganese
content. It is very, very high in these minerals. Actually, it’s an iron. It is really, really high in minerals as well
as antioxidants. And we know antioxidant support the brain,
we know these minerals are important. So, cacao and dark chocolate . . . and Jordan,
I believe that cacao also has other things and that they actually help lift the mood
as well. Jordan: Absolutely, L-theanine, mild amount
of caffeine and some other polyphenols. So, cocoa, cacao, dark chocolates really good. Look for 70% dark or greater, I would actually
say 80 or 85. You know, how know if it’s dark chocolate
without looking at a percentage, it should have four or more grams of fiber. Now, I bet you didn’t know that but your chocolate
bar could have fiber in it. Milk chocolate simply means there’s a lot
of milk and more sugar and less actual chocolate and white chocolate doesn’t have cacao at
all. They do use some cocoa butter, which is good
for the brain too but get as dark a chocolate as you can. Organic dark baking chocolate in recipes is
great or raw cacao but that’s one of the reasons we’re drawn to chocolate when we don’t feel
great in our mood but you want to avoid excess sugar. So, these are four foods that are great. Remember, carbohydrates, sugars, starches,
are your enemy when it comes to depression and anxiety. So, we’re here today on the Dr. Axe page,
“Ancient Medicine Today,” tackling depression, “7 Secrets to Stop Depression.” If you’re someone who has mild or moderate
depression, if you’ve got bipolar disorder, if you’ve been diagnosed with conditions that
involve schizophrenia or multiple personality disorder, this is for you and for those you
love. This is an epidemic. I have many friends that are on SSRIs anti-anxiety
medications. I wouldn’t even know it. I mean they don’t seem “depressed,” but if
you’re dealing with this don’t be embarrassed, this can help you. But here’s something that is really important,
I’ve learned this and I need to practice it more. I’m convicted before I even say it, count
your blessings. It’s so easy to say, “This stinks. That’s bad.” I almost died twice and overcame multiple
incurable diseases what right do I have to complain about anything? But I still do. If you count your blessings, I know that’s
cliché, count your blessings, name them one by one but say them out loud and stop talking
about how miserable things are. I really believe, as the Bible says, “Death
and life is in the power of the tongue, to speak and to eat good.” Dr. Axe: Great advice there, Jordan. We have a comment here from Daisy, she says,
“LOL, laugh out loud, Jordan Rubin is so funny.” I’m glad someone thinks that. Jordan: Hey, you should have seen the last
episode. We’ve got some more planned. Dr. Axe: All right, yeah. I agree, Jordan. You are pretty funny. Diane says, “85% dark is best.” She loves that. Rene says that she gets 90% dark chocolate
only with five grams of fiber, it looks like there as well. So, it’s a great comment. If you love dark chocolate, let us know right
now the type of dark chocolate you love. Maybe it’s a certain type of dessert. In fact, Jordan, this week my mother-in-law’s
in town and she loves dark chocolate covered berries, and blackberries right now are really
ripe. So, we’ve been doing dark chocolate covered
with strawberries raspberries and blackberries for dessert every night which has been absolutely
awesome. Jordan: I see. Making a chocolate coating is something that
takes work. I mean, that’s not just an easy recipe, so
kudos to you. Dr. Axe: Yeah. So, there is coconut oil, dark chocolate bars. You know, you warm it up in the skillet and
then we just pour it over the . . . you know, dip the berries in and then we put them in
the fridge. Yeah, it took a lot of time but yeah. Jordan: You know what? It’s a great quick recipe. You’ve probably had this before and I’m sure
it’s on the dr.axe.com site but making a chocolate mousse with avocado and a little bit of coconut. So, if you take coconut oil or coconut cream
the yummy stuff on top of the can of organic coconut milk, put some cocoa or cacao powder,
some honey and some vanilla extract, and you blend it with avocado, it’s really creamy
and it’s a great brain boosting food because fat is good for the brain. You’re a fat head. Think about being a fat head. Fats are good for the brain. That’s a really great . . . I’m angry now. That that’s awesome. People think avocados are only for guacamole,
you’re wrong, there for dessert as well. Dr. Axe: Absolutely, great stuff here, guys. Sarah loves making smoothies with raw cacao
nibs, absolutely delicious. Great job, guys. I’m loving these, the recipes you guys are
posting here. So, we’re going to jump into herbs here. I want to mention this, so right now, I’m
here with . . . this is Jordan Rubin, I’m Dr. Josh Axe, we’re talking about natural
ways to beat depression and anxiety as well as other brain and mood disorders, and we’re
getting into the best herbs, foods, vitamin, supplements, essential oils, all in this program
today. And Jordan, one other thing you mentioned
medications earlier. I remember looking this up just two years
ago and three of the top five selling medications today are antidepressant or anti-anxiety medications. I mean, this is something that millions of
people are suffering with every single day. So, hey, we’re about to jump right now into
the top herbs, spices, and essential oils. Help us spread the message right now. Hey, take a minute and punch your share button,
and click your love button, if you’re loving this live episode right now. So, Jordan, let’s dive into herbs. What are some of the best herbs for fighting
depression? Jordan: Well, I’m going to throw out some
that are not so obvious and then, of course, some that are. Passion flower’s a good one. And passion flower is not consumed very often. It’s got sort of a sulfury smell to it also
really good for sleep. Passion flower is really great. And when it comes to the very well-known herbs
. . . when it comes to depression anxiety, I think the most commonly prescribed herbs
or recommended would be St. John’s wort which you are writing right now. St. John’s wort has been used very effectively
and even medical websites say that it is good for mild to moderate depression but it can
cause some issues. I believe photosensitivity is one. So, I think when you’re on St. John’s wort,
you need to be careful about getting too much sun. And kava, kava has been a popular. Kava can cause some challenges. Now, one thing that’s interesting, Josh, out
of all the herbs out there it seems like the ones you have to be most careful of herbs
and spices are those that are recommended for depression and anxiety. You need to be careful not to overdo them,
see a qualified herbalist, make sure that you’re using the recommended amount but these
are three really, really good herbs. And I would say the best and albeit it’s a
controversial herb is hemp or cannabis. Now, folks we’ve talked about this a little
bit before, there is a battle going on all over the country. Medical marijuana, recreational marijuana
and just so you understand, I’ve never smoked a thing in my life maybe some salmon but I
know that doesn’t count. Understand folks that hemp and I’m not just
talking about hemp seed but the stalk, the leaves, the flowers, it’s a powerful medicinal. It’s been bred over the years to contain a
high amount of THC, which is the psychoactive part or the hallucinogenic part of marijuana. Cannabis or hemp, if you can find an industrial
hemp and they’re now more and more available look for CBD or cannabidiol, it can be really
good for anxiety. And look, if it comes to either taking an
SSRI or if you’re in a state where cannabis or marijuana is legal medically, go see a
doctor because if you’re going to consume an herb versus a drug, you’re much better
off. But understand folks I’m not suggesting using
recreational drugs to “get high” but cannabis or hemp is a powerful plant for your brain,
particularly, to help with anxiety and depression. Dr. Axe: One of the things, Jordan, I know
you know this but a lot of people don’t realize this. As you stated earlier, a lot of the marijuana
today has been bred to be very high in THC where we know that CBD really balances those
effects out. And so, that’s really something that people
are unaware of that if you’re doing some that’s more CBD dominant that it has a very different
effect on the body, very brain support. So that can be huge. Jordan: Absolutely. Now, two more herbs and these, I would recommend
no matter who you are, no matter what you do and I take these every day. The two adaptogenic herbs that are huge for
depression anxiety, rhodiola is one. Rhodiola rosea or arctic root has been powerfully
attributed to brain health and overall stress reduction. Rhodiola rosea is an adaptogen. So, when I mentioned some of these: kava,
St. John’s wort, passionflower, need to be used in moderation, arctic root or rhodiola
not so much, and then next to it, ashwagandha. If you’re not taking ashwagandha every day,
if you’re not using it in a tea or taking a supplement, you’re missing the boat. If you live today, you need ashwagandha. I mean, I take it every day. I have, for years. It’s powerful as a stress reliever
and it is mildly antidepressant. I mean, it’s awesome. So, we have a lot of herbs here but passion
flowers, St. John’s wort, kava more likely to be used therapeutically, cannabis or hemp
same thing, but rhodiola, ashwagandha, if you’re depressed deal with anxiety episodic
depression, you need to be on those adaptogens. Dr. Axe: Yeah, and also this as well. If you look at other countries, as we talked
about in the East, they consume adaptogens every day. I mean, we are rarely getting adaptogens in
our diet versus if you look in other countries. I mean, ashwagandha, rhodiola, astragalus
is a huge one. We’ve talked about Tulsi on a regular basis
as well, ginseng. I mean they are getting adaptogens every single
day in the form, typically, of an herbal tea or concoction or decoction and that type of
thing. So, again getting these can be great and naturally
fighting depression. Jordan, I want to look at what comments we’re
getting right now. That we’re jumping to talk about spices and
essential oils to fight depression naturally and let’s see here. A few other comments here. We’ll see, “Where can you get these herbs?” Is one of the questions here, Jordan, or,
“What do you want to look for when buying these herbs as organic important?” Jordan: Well, if you can find organic bulk
herbs and make your own tea or infusion or decoction, directions will be online very
easily. If you’re going to look for supplements, look
for organic and standardized extracts and a brand you can trust. These are really, really amazing. Dt. Josh: Great. Okay, other questions here. Let’s see here, “Do probiotics help with anxiety?” Jordan: Probiotics are amazing for depression
and anxiety. They have an indirect effect but since your
gut is the second brain, absolutely. We’re going to talk about probiotics in our
supplement secret which completes the “7 Secrets to Stop Depression.” So, if you’re watching now and you want to
know what to do to stop depression in its tracks, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia,
multiple personality disorder or just episodic depression because of life, this is the program
for you. Tell everyone you know, right now, to jump
on board because all of us feel a little blue now and again, especially going into winter. Dr. Axe: Yeah, question here from Beth. She says, “I have an autistic son with PTSD. He is on Prozac. Is there anything else he can take?” Beth, I do want to mention this, that you
know, with what we’re teaching here, if somebody is having a severe depression, we absolutely
recommend working with a qualified health care professional whether that’s a psychiatrist
or an MD or a Christian counselor that’s really experienced with these things in an in-depth
way. We definitely recommend working with somebody
with that. With your child with autism and PTSD, the
first thing I would recommend is really focus on diet. You know, I think that diet that’s very high,
very similar to like GAPS diet, something that’s very easy to digest gut friendly. Jordan, I know that I’ve seen this and working
with a lot of autistic children, a lot of the reactions and things that they’re having
neurologically are starting in the gut. Jordan: Absolutely. Dr. Axe: So, I really think focusing on a
diet that’s going to help heal and seal the gut lining, it’s really important. So, chicken bone broth soup with some organic
chicken, chicken broth, vegetables like carrots and celery that’s an ideal meal. Doing a smoothie in the morning with some
bone broth powder or some collagen powder, maybe a little bit of coconut milk and some
fresh berries but foods that are very gentle and easy to digest, low in sugar or getting
rid of the processed refined grains, really is going to help the body. So, those would be my first recommendation. Jordan: Absolutely, and if somebody is dealing
with autism and ADHD, a lot of these recommendations can help. Most of these herbs particularly passion flowers,
St. John’s wort and kava are not recommended for children. Cannabis, particularly CBD, can be. So, there are a lot of great results of children
using hemp products that I’ve heard of. Dr. Axe: Absolutely, Jordan. Let’s go ahead and jump into spices. Number one it’s probably one that no one’s
ever heard of before, I’m just kidding. Jordan: Turmeric. Dr. Axe: All right, there we go. Jordan: Now turmeric is great for so many
things but there is solid research on turmeric, the yellow-orange spice, that makes curry
and depression. So, you want to consume turmeric in powder
form, season your food with it, in teas or in supplements. Turmeric is amazing for all things brain and
it’s the first spice that I recommend. Number two is saffron. Now, it’s interesting, a turmeric has been
referred to as “yellow saffron.” Saffron is a great spice for depression but
do not use too much. Too much saffron can actually push you the
other way but a little bit of saffron can be really good for you. Dr. Axe: Yeah, absolutely. We also have nutmeg on here and nutmeg has
a lot of different benefits in supporting the brain. Also, one other thing to mention here that’s
unique about . . . and clove and cinnamon and other fall into this category as well. Nutmeg is actually very good for your digestive
tract and also very good for your blood sugar levels, both there as well. And so, get nutmeg and other spice there that’s
got a lot of benefits. Jordan: Absolutely, nutmeg also, use in small
doses. I think they found that if you use a few thousand
milligrams a day or as much as a quarter teaspoon of nutmeg that is too much. So, use nutmeg and season. I love spices. I mean, you can literally spend an hour talking
about a single spice and every one of them has shared benefits, and then there’s unique
benefits for each. Spices are awesome. This is a really easy way to help begin to
overcome depression by spicing up your diet. Dr. Axe: Question here from Alan. He says, “Is cayenne pepper also good for
inflammation and for these issues, but specifically inflammation?” Jordan: Hot peppers are good for almost anything. They’re great sources of vitamin C. They drive
circulation. There’s not specific information that I’m
aware of on cayenne pepper and depression but in the old days, people used to think
cayenne pepper did everything. I remember back in the early naturopathic
days, I think my parents had the old adage, they just rubbed some cayenne pepper on it
and it would cure anything. So, it can be really good but these three
spices, in particular, stand out in their ability to modulate brain chemicals. Dr. Axe: Yeah, when Jordan was growing up,
if he fell and skinned his knee, they didn’t say, “Rub dirt on it,” they said, “Rub some
cayenne on it.” Jordan: And when I called someone a name,
they washed my mouth out with cayenne pepper and not with soap, which made a lot of sense. Dr. Axe: Today they probably call child services
for something like that. Jordan: Yes, exactly. Dr. Axe: Okay, all right. We have a few comments here. Somebody asked, “Jordan, can IBS be linked
to depression?” Jordan: From someone who had inflammatory
bowel disease, Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis, I can tell you I was absolutely depressed. I didn’t smile for about two years, I wasn’t
suicidal but I did want to die. I mean, I did not want to live in this body
anymore. And so, when you are in severe pain . . . and
people with IBS, I’ve seen years ago videos where they’re just doubled over in pain. I was like that as well. Some are milder cases but absolutely nausea
. . . think about the gut, who smiles when they’re nauseous? Ain’t that little worst feeling on the planet? So, when gut hurts you can we be depressed
but the same underlying cause, which a lot of times is damage to the gut lining, to your
microflora, can be linked to brain issues. Why? Because the gut produces more serotonin than
the brain. The gut is the second brain. So, it absolutely does that. Dr. Axe: Yeah, Jordan, as you’re saying, I
mean, it is so critical that we really take a look at this gut and brain connection. I mean they are absolutely connected there. So, nourishing the gut can really help nourishing
the brain. And listen if you’re watching this, we know
it can happen so often that, if you’re struggling with a health condition, it can be so discouraging
and depressing. I know that I’ve struggled with health issues
myself. I’ve had family members. And I know that when you get to the point
where . . . and even for us Jordan, especially I mean, we have spent and dedicated our lives
to studying nutrition and health. And I know that we’ve come across different
health issues ourselves that praise God he’s helped us overcome over the years but that
can be so discouraging. So just know, if you’re a person watching
now and you are suffering with: depression, anxiety, bipolar, even other conditions, just
lack of self-esteem, lack of motivation, shame, some of those different conditions just know,
that it can take time to heal. You know we’re not saying that, “Hey, take
passion flower today, and all of a sudden everything is going to be rosy and merry and
cheery.” We know that it can take time to heal but
just know that . . . just you know what? If you’re struggling with something, seeing
a good counselor getting connected to good community and people around your life is so
important, and then adding these foods and doing some of these natural practices. If you’re doing all of these things and changing
your lifestyle together, we really believe you’re going to see some improvement in your
life right. Jordan: Right, and if you’re going to do some
of these . . . if you’re going to take advantage of some of these secrets, believe they’re
going to work, even say they’re going to work. Self-talk it’s so important. I remember when I was ill for two years, I
finally found what I felt was going to work, and I said, “I’m going to get well,” and so,
so important. So, be excited when you’re taking an herb,
when you’re drinking tea, when you’re eating salmon or walnuts. I know this sounds strange what if you just
said, “This is going to help me, and it’s going to help my mind?” Just that alone, makes a huge difference. Complaining and discussing negative things
only feeds negativity, so give that a shot. Now we’re going to talk about the fourth secret
to stop depression essential oils. There are a lot of good essential oils. I’m going to talk about the quintessential
essential oil for anxiety and depression, it’s lavender. Now, lavender, I put right next to turmeric. Almost every program we talked about how amazing
lavender is, but it is hard to smell lavender and not feel better. If you’re in a field with lavender flowers,
you just feel better, much like when it’s sunny out, you feel better. When things smell good your mood is elevated,
and lavender is really an amazing essential oil to put all over the place. Defuse it, put it on your hands and smell
it, put it on your neck, put it on your feet, it’s just really, really awesome. It’s great. And one of the issues with depression is lack
of sleep, and I think, anything that can help you sleep better is going to help you feel
better. I don’t know about you, but there . . . I’ve
had some tough times and I know that I can tend to ramble on, argue, stay awake at night,
but when I wake up in the morning, I almost always feel better. Dr. Axe: Yeah, It’s true. Jordan: What is a common saying? “Go to sleep, get a good night’s sleep, you’ll
feel better in the morning.” And so, it really does happen, and lavender
is a great way to start. Well, these are a lot of good oils for depression. Dr. Axe: Yeah, there’s a lot on here. We’d love to hear from you guys, what are
your favorite essential oils for supporting the brain and mood? Is there an essential oil that you use on
a regular basis to reduce stress, to lift your spirits, to motivate you? I’d love to hear from you. We’re going to give you guys a shout out here,
who are taking essential oils and use these on a regular basis as well. So, I’m going to mention a few of my favorites
here. Ylang-ylang is one that is fantastic. I really think ylang-ylang of all the oils
is one of the most uplifting in terms of mood. It’s known as one of the oils of joy or really
bringing a joy to your life. So, this is a great one. In fact, Jordan, I know that in the Psalms
and Proverbs, they mention oils of joy, actually in the Bible, some specific oils there as
well. Orange oil and I’ll mention this with lavender
and citrus these are two oils Jordan that I know they use locally here at Vanderbilt
hospital, actually, for patients who are about to go through surgery now and use it with
nurses. So, actually, there’s even hospitals today,
medical hospitals, that use essential oils and diffuse them in the air to actually reduce
fear upon patients going into surgery, which is pretty incredible. Jordan: Wow, that’s awesome Dr. Axe: We know here rosemary is one of the
most beneficial for the brain. Rosemary contains rosmarinic acid, which is
very good at actually supporting memory and brain health. You know, I think a lot of times, Jordan,
one of the things that can cause people to be flustered or brain fog is that . . . well,
that’s one of the things that can cause other emotional issues. So, rosemary is great for that. Geranium rose, for years, both of those floral
oils, and most floral oils, in general, are linked to improving mood, libido, motivation,
and then vanilla as well. Actually, vanilla is known as a “vanilla absolute”
not necessary and essential oil in most cases, but vanilla itself, the scent of it, is very
uplifting and great for the mood as well. And I want to mention this as well, there
are actually certain essential oils, Jordan, that have been linked to overcoming specific
emotions and feelings. And I was just reading a book recently that
was talking about specifically the oil of Cyprus, helping with forgiveness and some
others, and it’s actually kind of unique. You know, Jesus was crucified on either a
cypress tree or potentially an olive or cedar tree, but Cyprus is kind of interesting and
really supporting the body and getting that place. But, again, essential oils a great thing to
use for natural medicine. Let’s see what everyone else here . . . actually,
I’m going to have to refresh here and see what everybody is using here in terms of essential
oils here as well. Jordan: While Josh is doing that let me remind
you that we are here on “Ancient Medicine Today” discussing “7 Secret to Stop Depression”
if you’re dealing with depression, anxiety, even severe conditions, bipolar, schizophrenia,
multiple personality disorder or you just have episodic depression, you have a lack
of motivation, you just don’t feel good about yourself, you need to tune in. We’ve got three secrets left. These are powerful principles to transform
your health and anyways, and it’s not too late to let somebody tune in. We’re going to get to some really great tips
in just a moment and make sure to share this with your friends. You know what? Most people don’t find out about others who
are depressed until it’s too late. You’d be surprised at how many friends, and
co-workers and loved ones are on antidepressants and anti-anxiety medication. These secrets can be used often along with
those medications or other a mental and emotional or even spiritual therapies to transform your
health. Dr. Axe: All right, guys, we’re going to go
ahead and jump on to the next thing here, medicinal mushrooms, Jordan. So, what are some of your favorite . . . and
how . . . you know, a lot of times we’ve been covering a lot about mushrooms here recently
and all of the benefits. Talk about your favorite medicinal mushrooms
and also, how specifically do they support the body? Jordan: Medicinal mushrooms are fungi. They’re not herbs, they are not spices, they
are not oils, and get used to it because they’re going to be here on our board during “Ancient
Medicine Today” because we want more people to avail themselves of these powerful fungi
that around the world are being studied to improve your health. So, mushrooms are really good. Number one is truffle. Truffle helps to naturally stimulate the pituitary,
and boost hormone levels. A lot of times, people that are depressed
have low levels of testosterone or an imbalance in progesterone and estrogen. Inhaling truffle, like an essential oil, works
with olfaction, with the stimulatory effects of nerve endings inside your nostril, to naturally
boost testosterone. So many times people who are depressed, have
“low-T” as they say. Dr. Axe: Yeah, it’s a big deal, so truffle. What’s number two here, Jordan, for medicinal? Jordan: Number two is and this is so good
for anything with brain, Lion’s Mane mushroom. Dr. Axe: Oh, yeah! Jordan: You know what? You mentioned that certain things look like
organs and they are effective. Well, Lion’s Mane or Hericium Erinaceus, actually
contains compounds that help you regrow certain nerves in the brains. So, if you are dealing with depression, anxiety,
if you are dealing with ADD, autism, Alzheimer’s Parkinson’s, you need to consume Lion’s Mane
in soups. It tastes kind of like chicken or fish. Make it, sauté it, use supplements, make
teas, it’s awesome. Dr. Axe: Love it. Number three? Jordan: Number three is reishi. Reishi is the mushroom of immortality. I read a great article yesterday on reishi
and depression. It’s an adaptogen that helps your body resist
stress and it will help you smooth things out in your life. Reishi is awesome for so many things. You know what’s great about these secrets
to stop depression? They all have side benefits instead of side
effects. I could go through this and tell you, how
your guts can improve, your immune system, you’ll have less allergies, you’ll have better
skin, all while helping you feel better. Dr. Axe: Absolutely. So Jordan, let’s jump into the top nutrients
for depression specifically, number one vitamin D? Jordan: I think so. I think if you’re low in vitamin D and you’re
depressed, I have great news for you. People say, “What do you mean have great news? I’m low in vitamin D.” That’s great because
you know to correct it. Think about it. If you’re thirsty, you know how to fix that,
right? Vitamin D levels need to be optimal, especially
going into the winter, to feel your best, and that goes by thyroid, adrenals, you name
it. So, folks, if you’re low in vitamin D, take
5 to 10,000 IUs a day of a fermented vitamin D to get your levels up. Get sunshine while you can, and B vitamins
are really, really important. So you’re quickly writing there, still with
great handwriting, folate, and B12. I’ve seen people use about 50 to 100 times
of the recommended daily amount of folate, therapeutically, for the brain. Folate and B12 in fact, B6, folate, and B12
are linked to reversing depression. And if you’ve got high homocysteine levels,
which those three vitamins work to reduce, put B6 up there, then you likely have brain
issues. So, folate, B12, and B6 help boost serotonin
in the brain. Dr. Axe: Yeah these actually specific vitamins,
Jordan, are also very important. We know for iron levels or overall for fighting
anemia. It’s important for energy levels. So, if you’ve got low energy and you feel
like you may also have some issues with your blood, which is causing that, these are very
important vitamins and minerals as well. So, vitamin D3, folate, B12 and B6 all crucial
here. And Jordan, let’s jump right into supplements. Jordan: Okay. Well, I have to add a couple more magnesium. We talked about this yesterday but magnesium
is really, really important for your brain. You need more magnesium. Most people don’t get enough. You need it in food, which is hard to get
supplements and you can even use a topical magnesium oil, combined with essential oils
to be absorbed. You know what’s a great recommendation is? Is to use magnesium oil, spray it on areas
where you’ve got lots of skin surface, stomach, if you can rub it on your back, but the stomach’s
easy because you can rub it on there and it’s really, really great. And then the other one we’ll talk about this
in supplements. Let’s talk about supplements that are actual
neurotransmitters. Number one, I would say is GABA or GABA. I get confused between the kids show and the
nutrient but GABA, GABA, GABA is a neurotransmitter that you can take. It’s a B vitamin like substance that can help
boost your mood. Another one that is very important is EPA. EPA is one of two, well-known omega-3s, DHA
being the other. You know what’s interesting? DHA is often thought to be the brain booster
because we see it talked about mental and cognitive function in children, right? DHA. EPA, in high amounts, has been studied to
be as effective as common SSRIs or antidepressants. Now what you want to look for is an EPA supplement
with very little DHA, and take about 1000 milligrams a day. Folks, this is one of those times where a
natural substance can be a medicine. So, if you find an EPA, which is an omega-3
fat, that is low in DHA, I believe either in combination with an antidepressant or by
itself, it will be huge. So, GABA, EPA, probiotics, remember the gut
is the second brain. If you’ve got any kind of issue, really if
you live or breathe, you need a probiotic. You know, they’ve linked antibiotic use with
higher rates of depression. And what do you need to antidote antibiotic,
you know because two negatives equal positive? You need a probiotic. And lastly, this is . . . some people swear
by the SAM-e. Dr. Axe: Oh, yeah. Jordan: SAM-e which has some sulfur compounds
related to it, capital S-A-M dash, lowercase “e” is a great supplement for mild to moderate
depression. People rave about it. Dr. Axe: Oh, yeah, absolutely. Yeah, these things are crucial as Jordan’s
talking about. We know bouncing out those levels of inflammation
the gut supporting the brain with EPA, probiotics is crucial. You know, we talked about these B vitamins
earlier. In order to absorb and digest a lot of these
things, you’ve also got to have probiotics. And so, again we’d recommend finding some
a good probiotic that has SBO, that’s soil based organisms in that probiotic supplement
are some of the best for helping clear out the bad stuff, helping supply or helping grow
more of that good and beneficial microbes in your gut there as well, so these are absolutely
some of the best. And I’ll see if we have a question here two. Mary says, “How do we decide what of all of
this to take and how much?” So, Jordan, one of the questions here is,
“If you can’t do everything, what are some of the most important things in each category
someone should start with?” So, let’s say what are the top . . . I mean,
I think we can cover food here but the top two herbs, the top spices top essential, Jordan,
let’s go through that quote. Jordan: Well, this is really important because
if you’re depressed and you have challenges motivating yourself the last thing you want
to do is 72 beneficial compounds added to your diet. So, let’s break it down. If you were going to do or implement three
of our secrets or even sub secrets, let’s just talk about that. So, if we look here, I would suggest and this
is going be the easiest. Let’s do the easiest, consume one serving
of dark chocolate every day this week. Ah, twisting your arm, twisting your arm,
one serving of dark chocolate 70% or greater . . . someone said they did 90%, 85%, consume
chocolate . . . remember we gave a great recipe. Baking chocolate powder or cacao powder, organic
is best mixed with avocado, some coconut cream, honey, and vanilla, there you have it. So, have one serving of dark chocolate, true
dark chocolate every day. Remember, look for four to six grams of fiber
per serving. So, that’s that. And I also want to encourage you to go out
and find, we’ll pick one, rhodiola either in supplement or in root form where you make
a tea out of it. You can get dried rhodiola in a bulk herbal
shop or order it online. So, we’re going to do rhodiola tea infusion,
take rhodiola a tablespoon, put about 16 ounces of hot water over, it’s a little bit of astringent,
add some honey if you want, rhodiola tea one serving a day and you pick the third because
we got two great ones. We’re going to do chocolate and rhodiola,
that’s simple, that’s affordable. What’s next? Dr. Axe: I’m going to recommend using a lavender
essential oil. There are clinical studies on it. It’s easy to get your hands on. Look for a certified organic essential oil
that’s labeled as a “dietary supplement” and take a soaking healing bath at night. So, what you’re going to do is, you’re going
to add in about 20 drops of lavender oil, you can cover yourself in it and then either
use magnesium oil or just Epsom salts. Jordan: Epsom salts, absolutely. Dr. Axe: And Epsom salts are not very expensive. You can order them on Amazon or pick them
up at your local drugstore and just do one cup of that in the bath, some lavender oil
and soak three nights a week. I think if you can do that, as Jordan was
talking about, change your diet, get a little cacao, start doing an herb like rhodiola in
your diet, you start using a lavender oil on a regular basis. Those would be the top dietary things, and
I think from an emotional end, Jordan mentioned something earlier when he had said, “Count
your blessings” I mean, I think that is something, Jordan,
that is so transformational doing that first thing in the morning, first thing at night
. . . first in the morning, last thing before you go to bed at night. And Jordan, I read a really interesting study
on depression here. This was probably about five years ago, and
they actually found that one of the number one ways to overcome depression naturally
was by serving others. Jordan: Oh, yeah. Dr. Axe: And in the article, they actually
went and found that people that were struggling with depression, when they volunteered and
actually went out there and did some things in the community and just started serving,
they said it took their mind . . . and the was a lot of . . . this was done by MDS and
psychologists, and they actually found that when they were able to take the mind off the
things they were struggling with in their own life and focus on helping someone else
overcome their struggles, it actually greatly lifted depression. And so that’s an incredible stuff. Jordan: Absolutely, and music is really, really
good as well. I have a good friend who created a music product
called “Wholetones” that we’ve talked about before his name’s Michael Tyrrell. Wholetones is a healing music project or frequency
project, and listening to that can help classical music. Sometimes, well, it’s not musically therapeutic,
your favorite music just makes you smile. The other day we had for one of our children’s
birthdays we called it a “sock hop” but we all wore socks in like a gym-like environment
on that type of a floor and we listened to old music. I don’t know why, sometimes . . . ’80s to
me is therapeutic or three but let’s face it. Folks, we’re visual, some people are audio
in terms of how they connect. So, colors, music, you know what? I know we have so many good things. I’m going to add a fourth, Okay? So, we talked about three: we talked about
chocolate, rhodiola, and lavender that bath is awesome with magnesium. If you’re needing a lift, find some grass
or a beach, take your shoes off and spent 30 minutes walking around outside. That connection to the earth, earthing or
grounding has been shown to reduce cortisol levels, which high cortisol, low DHEA is linked
to increase or decrease serotonin. It’s same with blood sugar. It’s all connected. Folks, we’re here today helping you stop depression
with seven secrets. We told you to be thankful and I’m thankful
that you’re here. I’m thankful that what I went through in my
health journey is able to make a difference in your life. I’m thankful that Dr. Josh Axe has welcomed
me so I can share some of this with you, and we’re thankful that you give us a reason to
wake up every morning and be excited about our day. And so, we really believe in you and we believe
you were created for great things. Start letting truth and life come out of your
mouth and make sure good things go in and you will start to feel better each and every
day. Dr. Axe: Yeah, absolutely, guys. And I just want to . . . yeah, again, echo
what Jordan said and just say, hey, thank you. We’re so grateful for you guys being here
and watching us today. And also, hey, don’t forget, Jordan and I
are going to be here all week, 10:30 a.m. central time and we still appreciate you as
well being on mission with us in helping us spread this word. That alone, by giving this message to other
people, you might just be helping transform someone’s life. So, we just want to say, hey, thanks for being
part our program here and what we’re doing here on a regular basis. And again, apply some of the things we talked
about this week. We’ll be back to our 10:30 a.m. Central time. This has been Jordan Rubin, myself Dr. Josh
Axe, with “Ancient Medicine Today,” We’ll see you tomorrow. Hi, Dr. Axe here. I want to say thank so much for checking out
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