Today is Bell Let’s Talk Day. Okay, let’s talk about that shit. My name is Chris and I’ve battled depression my whole life. It’s not something that comes on and then goes away, and it’s not something I can explain. It’s always been there. It’s always on. And it’s not something to be ashamed of. Regardless of Bell’s initiatives, the fight against metal illness is every day, and here’s how I do it.
Prescription drug use is the highest it’s eve been, a huge chunk of which is anti-depressants. They make you eat more, they fuck with your dick, your metabolism, and most of all, you feel weird and gross when you’re on them. It feels like your soul is drained. At least that was my experience. But even worse, you become reliant on them. Prescription drugs are effective and help many people, sure – some people need pills to live. There’s also a tonne of people who could get off that shit with a couple simple lifestyle alterations.
Inflammation Linked to Depression
Just like spraining an ankle or pulling a muscle when you make bad choices in your actions, your organs are affected by the choices you make with foods you consume. When you eat things like processed foods, refined grains, high sugar foods, booze, and dairy, your organs get all swoled up and your body hates it. Yo’ shit’s inflamed. When inflammation occurs in the brain from eating shitty fats, sugars and booze… we get bummed out.
By eating cruciferous and high in vitamin A vegetables, high antioxidant fruits like berries and oranges and omega 3 fatty acids, we will lower inflammation and the omegas help build serotonin (the main hormone linked to well being and happy thoughts). Sunglasses emoji.
Broccoli Sprouts, Brussels Sprouts, Broccoli, Cabbage, Kale, Chard, Spinach, veggies rich in Vitamin A (orange and red ones), fish and nut fats.
Healthy Gut Biome.
Have you ever been really hungry, ate something and felt tingles in your brain parts? That’s because our digestive tract and the brain are linked and communicate through something called the Vagus Nerve. There’s science backing the theory in mice, and without going into a full on physiology lesson, basically our gut bacteria is super important to our overall health. In our guts, we have stuff called gut micro-biome or gut flora. This is good bacteria inside of us that fights off a tonne of bad shit, while making vitamins out of foods we eat, and busting up dietary fibre into fatty acids that helps our immune system function. Our gut also plays a role in our mood! In fact, studies prove that a healthy gut biome reduces anxiousness and depressive behaviour more effectively than Lexapro. Keeping a healthy gut will help in tonnes of ways other than not being a sad panda. You’ll get sick less because your bacterias will be a fucking war machine. These motherfuckers will fuck up all the invaders. Plus, your shits are gonna be so great. Not to mention you’re gonna get heartburn way less.
Enter Probiotics. Eating probiotics and prebiotic fibre will help your gut biome thrive, but remember, these things hang out in your intestines and you DO shit them out; that’s just how our bodies work. You gotta keep taking ‘em in order for them to really work. If you have Crohn’s or Colitis, scroll on, friendo. This shit aint for you.
Kefir, Yogurt, Banana, Kimchi, Cheese
You can make em stick around longer and make them more effective with Prebiotics aka the shit Probiotics eat.
Asparagus, Onions, Baked Wheat flour, Raw Garlic, Dandelion Leaves
Bone Broths are also thought to attribute to a healthy gut lining.
Norepineffuck? It’s a stress hormone commonly attributed to our “fight or flight” response. When we put our body through stress like a strenuous workout, hot steam room / hot yoga, or even just rage the fuck out on some motherucker in traffic, our bodies release this hormone. This hormone reacts with Tyrosine, an amino acid in our DNA. They form like Voltron into this stuff called L-DOPA. Dopamine. Aka the shit that is triggered in your brain that makes drugs and alcohol superhappyfuntimes when you’re on them. When dopamine is present, your body feels the need to start making L-tryptophan which is the building blocks for serotonin, aka happy juice. Drugs and booze are great, at the time. But they deplete serotonin stores. Then our body has to work to fill them up again. Aka, the come-down. When we work out and put our body through heat or stress, we are activating these hormones without depleting them. Hence, why you feel high as fuck after a workout.
Hit up a hot yoga class, take a warm bath, go crush a a HIIT set or rage the fuck out to some Speed Metal.
Go The Fuck To Sleep
Nas says he never sleeps because it’s the cousin of death. If that’s true, Nas must need a fucking hug. Sleep is for dreamers.
Sure, one more episode on Netflix or one last mission on the old xbox seem great and all, but crushing those are just keeping your serotonin from being replenished. Sleep is where your body recovers. Not just from working out, but also from all the barrage of constant bullshit you have to deal with every fuckin day. Shut the idiot box off and get some shut eye.
Take it from me, I know. Doing stuff when you’re sad is hard. But accomplishing a goal can make you feel really fuckin good. When you’re depressed, starting something new can be really scary and overwhelming. The important thing is to start. Think about a goal. Something small, that you’d like to do, change, or try. It could be health related, career related or even taking on some mundane responsibility that you’ve unconsciously neglected for the past week. Make it something easy that you know you can accomplish. Accomplish it, and set another goal. Then another. Then Another. What’s the worst that can happen? You’ll fail? So fuckin what. Get up and try again. Every failure is the creation of a great story. So go create a story.
Depression is crippling, but so is eating like shit and not doing anything about it. There’s an easy fix, which is pills, but there’s also wonderful medicine inside every fruit, vegetable, meat and meat alternative. Get active. It’s fuckin hard. But all you have to do is start. Then, start again 65 times again until starting becomes a habit.
If you’re feeling depressed, there’s help available. Seek it out. If you are under the care of a physician, do not drop their treatment. Don’t keep your sadness inside. Make something out of it. Oh, and drink lots of water. It will help with all of the above.