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The Depression Cure

I’ve mentioned Dr. Stephen S. Ilardi’s depression cure methods before, but at the time I didn’t realize there was a book about the process. Now that I’ve bought it and read it, I’ll invite you to do the same.
The hunter-gatherer lifestyle is profoundly antidepressant. As they go about their daily lives, hunter-gatherers naturally wind up doing many things that keep them from getting depressed. They do things that change the brain more powerfully than any medication.
For most of human history, everyone benefited from the antidepressant effect of these ancient lifestyle elements. As a result, people were able to cope with circumstances vastly more difficult than most of us ever face today. But over the past few hundred years, technological evolution has proceeded at a relentless pace, and many protective features of that ancient way of life have gradually disappeared. Accordingly, the rate of depression has begun to spiral out of control. Our Stone Age brains just weren’t designed to handle the sedentary, isolated, indoor, sleep-deprived, fast-food-laden, stressed-out pace of twenty-first-century life.
In the chapters that follow, we’ll look at the potent antidepressant effects of six major protective lifestyle elements that we all need to reclaim from our ancestors:
Dietary omega-3 fatty acids
Engaging activity
Physical exercise
Sunlight exposure
Social support
Sleep
Please notice the similarities between the recommendations for curing depression and those for maintaining general health (see the far right column of this page). And many of these same lifestyle elements are also ways to lower your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
It ain’t magic, folks, it’s just good sense.
And there are more ways to prevent or reduce depression.
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