DEPRESSION, ANXIETY & THE IMMUNE SYSTEMJani LotteringOur understanding of mental health has come a very long way over the years.
Originally seen as simple "sadness" or a case of "the blues", depression is now spoken about far more openly and is widely accepted to be a legitimate problem that requires legitimate treatment.
Anxiety was thought of by many as something that only impacts weak, fragile people who just "worry too much".
We have come to learn that depression, anxiety, and PTSD, etc are in fact very real problems that can be incredibly debilitating and negatively affect millions of people all over the world every day.

We now know that the symptoms of depression and anxiety can evolve into far more serious issues, and cause sufferers to live in a state of panic and fear that is difficult to manage or cope with. Other common symptoms like panic attacks, sleep problems, headaches, upset stomach and loss of appetite can be extremely difficult to cope with and create an untenable situation.

A greater understanding of the psychological effects of these problems is very important, but we are now starting to learn a whole lot more about the actual physical toll that mental health issues can take on the human body.

Our physical health, and our immune system in particular is under additional strain due to the fast pace of our modern lifestyle. Poor diet, lack of exercise and lack of sleep can all contribute to our physical health and well-being.
The Coronavirus outbreak has only added to our strain which can actually increase our risk of infection. Everyone is struggling far more than usual with political tensions, financial worries, the overuse of technology, and particularly the fear and uncertainty of facing something like a global pandemic. All of these things interfere negatively with the quality of our lives and our ability to function.Our emotional well-being can have a huge effect on how our immune system handles and tolerates stress, sadness, fear, etc.
In this high tension environment, the most common solution for many people battling with mental health problems has been pharmaceutical medication. We don’t have time to waste talking to a therapist, and we expect quick fixes to our problems.

Antidepressants are more common and popular than ever before, and anti-anxiety drugs like benzodiazepines (which are notoriously addictive) are now commonplace across many age groups.
There are several problems with these types of medications, including the potential for abuse and physical and psychological dependence.
Countless negative and unwanted psychological and physical side effects have been reported and their toxic effect on our liver, kidneys, central nervous system and immune system is well documented. For many people, the knowledge that these medicines are physically harmful only compounds the anxiety and psychological symptoms, and thus makes them worse.
Natural alternatives like plant based medicines and supplements have offered a number of options that can help, but Kratom in particular has proven to be an amazing alternative for these types of medications.

It can help those with depression and anxiety in a far more holistic, and less physically damaging way.

It has very powerful antidepressant and calming properties to help us cope with stress and fear, plus the bonus of actually improving our physical health.

Kratom has potent antioxidant effects that help to break down harmful elements in the body, and it’s diuretic qualities help the kidneys to flush more toxins from our system. It also acts as a potent natural painkiller which helps to reduce our consumption of harmful pain medications like Paracetamol, Aspirin and Ibuprofen.
For anyone sensitive to pharmaceuticals or simply concerned with their potential dangers, Kratom just might the perfect choice to effectively manage your mental health with less risk of side effects, adverse reactions and drug interactions.