November 1, 2016

How Depression Medication Affects Your Body

Filed under: Depression,health,stress — Tags: , , , , , — drwatson @ 11:24 pm

Depression treatment and symptomsNeurotransmitters are chemicals in your brain that affect mood and emotions. If you suffer from depression, antidepressant pills are a common treatment option. These anti-depressants help with improving mood, sleeping better and increasing appetite. Improving these areas of a person’s life are all are helpful when coping with depression and to help construct a more positive outlook for the patient. It is important that patients are aware of the emotions and feelings they will exhibit when they are going through their depression treatment.

For each person who takes depression medication, the effects may take different amounts of time to manifest. It normally takes a minimum of three to four weeks before a person taking depression medication starts to notice a change in their mood [1].

Antidepressants, like many other medications, have noticeable side effects. These include headaches, drowsiness, weight gain and agitation. With a variety of antidepressants that can be prescribed, side effects will vary greatly and some side effects may be more common in some types of medication. For example, selective serotonin reuptake inhibiters (SSRIs) tend to have fewer side effects. It is important to seek a medical professional is sought before finding an appropriate anti-depressant.

Lastly, the length of these side effects vary from person to person.  In many cases, these effects only last for a few days whereas in others it may take up to a number of weeks. The effects of a certain medication is variable, each person will react differently to a medication and it is important to keep consulting a medical professional to see if an antidepressant is appropriate for a person’s condition. Sometimes the time of day or type of medication may not be suited to a patient and a doctor can help with that diagnosis.

[1] How Your Depression Medication Can Affect Your Life? Greenlaw, Ellen. WebMd. Retrieved from:

August 15, 2015

5 Natural Ways To Relieve Constipation Quickly

Filed under: diet,fibre,stress — Tags: , , , — drwatson @ 9:00 am

digestive problems like constipation or diarrhea.

Bloating, gas, painful cramps, and that indescribable heaviness-the symptoms of constipation make this very common condition uncommonly difficult to endure. Still, short of reaching for a laxative, there’s nothing you can do but wait, right? Wrong! These tried and true natural methods for overcoming constipation will clear up the backlog and leave you feeling light and relieved in no time.

1.   Just Add Water

Often, constipation and hard, dry, painful-to-pass stools are the result of a severe shortage of water in your body. To increase regularity and reduce pain, make sure you’re drinking the recommended 8 glasses of water a day. Additionally, make sure that you eliminate dehydrating drinks like coffee and black tea that act as diuretics, siphoning off your body’s water supply.

2.   Fibre is Your Friend

Boosting your intake of fibre rich foods can improve the frequency and consistency of your movements. Fibre makes its way to your colon and mops up excess water, bulking up the stool and helping the evacuation process. Fruits, particularly prunes, pears and kiwis, are a fantastic, bowel movement-boosting source of insoluble fibre. Other great sources of dietary fibre include vegetables, whole grains, legumes and beans but remember to increase your water intake as you add more fibre into your diet to keep things running smoothly.

3.  Cut Out the Common Culprits

While certain foods seem to trigger constipation in some and not others, there are foods that generally lead to misbehaving bowels. In large amounts, chocolate, certain dairy products like milk and cheese, as well as starchy, unripe bananas are some of the most frequently complained of bowel-blockers. Removing these items from your meals could help to improve regularity.

4.  Steer Clear of Stress

Sufferers often report that constipation follows an increase in tension and stress. Chronic stress is linked with decreased blood flow to the gut, as well as decreased gastrointestinal motility so finding ways to alleviate anxiety could be the key to unlocking painless, frequent bowel movements. Practice deep breathing exercises, remove yourself from tension –inducing situations or simply take a calming five minute break. Replenish the beneficial gut flora that stress often wipes out with pro-biotic rich, live yoghurt, to make a lasting difference.

5.  Stretch and Stride

Nothing relieves backed up bowels like physical exercise. Whether you go for organ massaging deep-stretching exercise or prefer a long, brisk walk, getting moving will definitely get things moving. Exercise can improve intestinal motility and jumping jacks, leg lifts or even just the simple act of standing up can lend reluctant bowels the gravity they need to kick start a movement.

You don’t have to spend another day waiting for constipation to pass. Use these medication-free methods to get proactive about regulating bowel movements and find the quick, natural relief you need.


October 19, 2010

4 Easy Ways to Eliminate Stress

Stress eats away at you and makes you feel your life is full of irreversible, important problems. The majority of illnesses are stress related. Stress is related to high blood pressure, hair loss, depression, memory loss, stroke, weight gain, cancer, and most major illnesses. When you are stressed your body releases hormones that increase your blood pressure and the level of blood sugars in your blood stream. Stress can also cause you to either binge on food or starve yourself. This can result in heartburn, acid reflux, nausea, indigestion and other discomforts. In men, stress can affect sperm production and may result in impotence. In women, stress can reduce libido or cause irregular menstrual cycles.

1. Avoid procrastination – Just stop procrastinating. It causes unwanted and unnecessary stress. Everyone has done it. You put things off and then they just creep up on you until you realize you have a huge meeting or a project due or any other activity involving careful preparation which you have not put in. This type of realization sends you into a fury of action where you are hair lossrunning around like a chicken with its head cut off trying to pull everything together on time. Instead of letting things build up and stress take over simply set aside a small portion of time for tasks each night and stick to it. Break up a seemingly huge task into smaller portions that you can deal with easier.

2. Keep a list – Listing everything you need to do will help you realize you don’t have as much on your plate as you think. It can also help if you plan and organize in your free time how you can fit each task into your already overflowing schedule.

3. Take a short break – Once you’ve been at hard work for a few hours you can, and should take a break. If you continue to work you will just start to work slowly and lose concentration. Taking a break will help renew your mind and clear your thoughts so you can fully focus on working when your return.

4. LaughLaughter is truly the best medicine. It’s been proven! Studies confirmed that laughter actually changes the brains chemistry and reduces 4 stress hormones. Just a simple laugh is as beneficial as doing deep breathing exercises. Laughter strengthens our immune system and helps you to keep a sense of humor.

January 28, 2010

Ways to boost your Metabolism

Your metabolism can help you burn more fat while you’re working out and will help you meet your weight loss goals. However, many people don’t understand that certain activities can help increase your body’s metabolic rate while others can actually hurt your metabolism.

Top Ways to Boost Your Metabolism

Exercise – Cardiovascular training is one of the most effective ways of increasing your metabolism. Make sure you incorporate weightlifting into your regular routine. Weightlifting will help build muscle which increases your body’s metabolic rate significantly more than fat.

Balanced diet – Eating a balanced diet is a great way to boost your metabolic rate and stay healthy. Food is also the fuel for your body. If you want to run like a top, high end vehicle, only put the best food in you.

Sleep – Sleep is just as important as exercising and maintaining a healthy diet. Your body uses sleep as a time to repair itself. Without proper sleep, your body won’t have the time to fix itself and your metabolism will suffer. 8 hours of sleep every night is recommended.

Things That Will Harm Your Metabolism

Not drinking enough water – Water is the most important thing that many of us forget to drink. These days it’s all about soft drinks and coffee (even I can’t resist the great taste of coffee). However, the sugars and caffeine in these drinks are not good for your body if you drink too much. On average we should be drinking 8-10 cups of water a day.

Aging – Aging is one thing none of us can really stop. Your metabolic rate will decrease naturally as you age starting around the 40’s.

Too many sugars and other simple or refined carbs – Eating too many refined sugars and carbohydrates can really do some damage to your metabolism. Along with doing major damage to your metabolic rate, too many sugars and carbs can lead to severe health problems like diabetes.

No exercise or inadequate recovery time – Try to make sure you can always get in some sort of exercise on a regular basis. Even using a resistance band in the kitchen while you’re waiting for dinner to finish cooking is better than sitting and watching television. However, make sure you don’t over train yourself. If you don’t take the time to rest and recover you can injure your body and you will actually decrease your exercising effectiveness due to the inability to train at the highest level possible.

Stress – Stress is the biggest factor that affects your metabolism. Stress can damage everything you have worked so hard to build up, from strong bones to muscle mass. Additionally stress also promotes many habits that are damaging to your metabolism, such as overeating.

August 11, 2009

Music Has The Power To Move You… And A Lot More!

Music SheetsMost people enjoy listening to music. There are so many different types of music out there to choose from, such as rock music, metal, rap, R&B, pop…etc. And when people say that music has the power to move us they’re right.

Music actually affects us on a very deep level. Certain music can pump you up, which is especially useful right before that big game. Other types of music can calm you down and help you de-stress after a long day at work. Music truly is therapy for the soul and apparently treatment for a lot of other things.

Music is actually used as a treatment for seizures, to lower blood pressure, treat ADD in children, mental illness, depression, aid in healing, stress, and insomnia. Music has become much like a drug in medication because of the great impact it has on the human mind. Additionally, music has not only helped humans, but plants as well. A study was done where classical music was played around a plant and it actually helped the plant develop and grow significantly faster.

Music is an incredible tool and is a great outlet for built up emotions. Writing music can be a great stress reliever in itself. Writing lyrics or even guitar riffs may help you express some of that built up stored emotion in a positive way. Also, people will probably think that you’re pretty talented if you keep writing music, it’s not a very easily mastered skill.

August 4, 2009

Stretching, Why It Is As Important As Physical Activity

It seems that these days everyone is trying to get in shape (including me), whether it is working or not I am not sure. However, there seems to be one thing a very large group of people forget to do. Stretch. Stretching is so important for you because of many reasons.

For anyone that plays sports, or is trying to become a professional athlete, you cannot forget to stretch. Goalies, in hockey need to be able to twist and move their bodies in, almost every way imaginable to stop the puck. Basketball players need to be loose and ready to play a game that uses almost every muscle in the body. Professional fighters need to be extremely flexible. All those guys in the UFC using high kicks are incredibly flexible.

Although stretching is need to perform well in sports, stretching is needed to make sure you keep showing up. Evidence shows that stretching the muscles before physical activity (make sure you warm up before you stretch) will greatly decrease your chance of injury. Stretching will keep you out their, be it on a field, court, or mat, day in and day out. The more time you spend practicing and playing the better you will be.

Also, stretching helps you relax. The amount of stress related illnesses is ridiculous and people could definitely use something to help them calm down. Maybe stretching is exactly what they need.

Regardless of what you do, stretching is an incredibly important thing to consider. Stretching can help you with your performance in sports, and will help keep you injury-free. Additionally, stretching is a great way to calm down and relieve tension and stress.

July 20, 2009

3 Ways To Reduce Anxiety Without Medication

Filed under: anxiety,Depression,exercise,massage,panic,stress,therapist,Uncategorized — drwatson @ 12:14 pm

For most people the occasional panic attack or rush of anxiety happens. Many times at the most inopportune moment, like right before an interview for that new job you want, or maybe right as you’re walking up to that one person you’ve been waiting to ask out on a date. Anxiety can also make us strive to do better. For example, if a presentation for work is due, if you aren’t worried a little bit then you won’t be pressured to put enough work into the project. However, there are some people who suffer from extreme forms of anxiety that actually interferes in their daily life. Imagine a panic attack so bad you can’t make it into work for the next week. Obviously this can be a be a very significant problem, so here are some strategies (not involving medication) that you can try.

1.Take (at least) 10 Deep Breaths– You’ve probably heard this over and over, but that’s because it works. When you become anxious you start to breath faster increasing your heart rate and sending you into that kind of “frenzied” mode. By breathing deeply at least 10 times you slow yourself down. At the same time you can really think about what just happened and try to tell yourself everything is okay.

2.Exercise– Physical exercise has been proven to help in depression and in some people who suffer from frequent anxiety. Exercising releases endorphins in your body making your overall mood happier. Additionally, the exercise will help you take your mind off of any problems you are experiencing, and you’ll get a good work out in the process.

3.Get A Massage– If you’re feeling stressed out try having a massage. The massage should relieve some of the tension both physical and emotional. Ask a close friend or your significant other to massage you for a little while, this will keep the cost down especially considering massages aren’t cheap. Try lighting some candles if it will help you calm down.

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