In an earlier post (Neuroplasticity & Incarnation of the Essential Soul Complex) I posited links between the increase of autism, neuroplasticity and an adaptive benefit of increasing the human brain's ability to successfully process and integrate our exponentially increasing knowledge of the cosmos. Neuroplasticity - the capacity of the brain to change in response to changes in environment or circumstances throughout an individual's life - is linked to neurogenesis, the capability of the brain to create new neurons and neural networks.
Lower levels of neuroplasticity and neurogenesis have now been scientifically shown to be linked to depression. Blocking neurogenesis also has been shown to block the efficacy of anti-depressant medication.
Given the links between neuroplasticity, neurogenesis and depression, one may ask if it may be possible to mindfully self-eliminate depression by naturally empowering one's own mind toward greater levels of neuroplasticity and neurogenesis without the use of pharmaceuticals? As a former pharmaceutical research biochemist/biologist and as one who once suffered from Major Depression, I deeply understand the distrust many hold regarding big pharma and the mental health industry.
Here are some scientifically endorsed steps you can take to naturally increase neurogenesis and neuroplasticity in your own brain, to change and empower your own mind toward constructing healthier neural networks, and to enable you to willfully move yourself toward higher levels of mental health and a better mood:
Keep learning new things.
Get enough sleep.
Do what you can to reduce stress.
Harness the power of your sexual energy through sex, creativity or physical activity.
Intermittent fasting - Intermittent Fasting For Beginners.
Include flavanois (e.g. blueberries), omega-3 fatty acids (e.g. salmon) and resveratrol (e.g. red wine) in your diet.
Limit saturated fats (e.g. fried foods) and ethanol (e.g. alcohol spirits) in your diet.