The Good Mood Guide:

Discover Your Best Self

By Clean Start Cleansing


About 21 million American adults suffer from mood disorders such as depression and bipolar, and 40 million have an anxiety disorder. What's worse, a report last year by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) found that 40 percent of Americans are more anxious than they were the previous year. As for stress: three out of four adults say they're stressed, 45 percent report lying awake at night, and 36 percent say they feel nervous or anxious.

What all this means is that more than a third of Americans struggle with depression, anxiety, or stress-- and sometimes, all three. If you're among them, you don't have to suffer.


Natural herbs, vitamins, and supplements can calm anxiety, soothe stress and ease depression without the side effects of pharmaceuticals. Check with your doctor first to identify serious disorders, and if you're taking prescription medication, rule out any interactions. Then try these moods fixing solutions to feel better faster and naturally.


1. PASSIONFLOWER

This flowering vine (Passiflora incarnata) grows throughout South America and in some parts of the southern United States. It's been used in traditional herbal medicine for hundreds of years for a variety of conditions, and modern studies document the effectiveness of passionflower in relieving stress and anxiety. Passionflower appears to work by increasing the brain's levels of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) a compound that helps regulate mood. Some research shows that passionflower is as effective as prescription anti-anxiety medications without causing sedation or impacting job performance. It's also helpful in promoting sleep. In one study people who drank passionflower tea daily reported significant improvements in sleep quality.


HOW TO TAKE IT: Take 1 capsule with a meal twice daily.


2. ASHWAGANDHA


This traditional Ayurvedic remedy is considered an adaptogen --a substance that normalizes and appears to work by regulating chemical signaling in the nervous system.

Ashwagandha has effects on anxiety similar to those of prescription benzodiazepines. Studies show that ashwagandha extract improves resistance to stress and quality of life, and one review concluded that ashwagandha was significantly more effective than a placebo or psychotherapy at relieving anxiety and stress. Another study found that ashwagandha reduced levels of the stress hormone cortisol, and significantly lowered stress and anxieties. Stabilizing the body's response to stress. It may also act as a mood stabilizer in treating symptoms of depression.

HOW TO TAKE IT: Take 2 Capsules daily.


3. SAM-e

This compound is naturally produced in the body from methionine an amino acid found in certain foods. It is important for many key cellular functions. Researchers suggest that it may influence the expression of genes involved in depression, impact receptors and structures that transport neurotransmitters, or help create neurotransmitters. In one study, 36 percent of people taking SAMe with an antidepressant showed improvement compared with a control group that took a placebo with the antidepressant. Additionally, 26 percent of the SAMe own group experienced a complete remission response of symptoms. One analysis found that taking SAMe resulted in clinically meaningful benefits to depressed patients.