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Health at Every Size - these are the buzz words around the internet these days. Are you healthy? Do you want to be healthier?

What is health? The World Health Organization defined health in its broader sense in 1946 as "a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity". Being healthier doesn't mean losing weight. To you it might mean:

We are very happy to announce that we have a Registered Dietician on staff who will be writing our Health At Every Size series as well as answering a reader's question each month. You can read about Shari's philosophy and experience on our staff page. If you have a question for Shari, please email us at

Disclaimer: This advice is not intended to be a substitute for, nor does it replace, professional medical, health or nutritional advice.

Could you be depressed? Learn how to recognize the top 7 signs of depression.

"I'm NOT depressed. Just more exhausted than usual. No big deal", spat Liyaa as she stormed out of her dorm, banging the door shut behind her.

Low moods, persistent tiredness, loss of appetite, constant inability to focus - all these signs stared her in the face. Yet, she refused to seek help.

Rings a bell?

It's unfortunate that SO many people out there live with a range of symptoms without ever realizing that they're depressed. And the problem is that their state of mind prevents them from enjoying life to the fullest.

How are you supposed to know whether you're depressed or not?

Well, keep a sharp lookout for the following factors. And, don't forget to seek help if needed.

1. Can't help but feel sad all the time?

Do you often feel unworthy? Do you regularly brood about how you'd do the world a huge favor if you just vanished?

Having a low self-esteem, self-loathing, viewing yourself as a 'loser', are all apparent signs of depression. When you're unaware that you're depressed, you tend to self-blame, criticize and harshly judge yourself.

2. Does it feel like you can't seem to think straight anymore?

Depression makes it tough to remember details, even simple ones. Let's say you lost your job. If you're not depressed, you'll check a couple of job ads and drop your CV in several agencies - in this case, your memory guides you to do specific things. However, if you're depressed, the only thing you'll think about is, "I need to get a job." Then, you'll feel at a total loss about what to do next.

3. Do you easily accept defeat?

Seems hard to trust your gut feelings these days? According to psychologists, when you're depressed, decision making can become a torture. Thus, you try digging harder and harder for concrete facts until you're certain about what to do. Moreover, you may see that you lack motivation. You start thinking, "Why try when I'm going to fail anyway?"

4. Lost the love for food?

Do eclairs, dripping with dark chocolate, whisper your name? Or you can't stand seeing food, let alone smelling them? Depression sometimes causes people to overeat. Making them gobble down so-called comfort food. However, in most cases of depression, people lose the will to eat, even foods that once were their favorites.

5. Feel like you're your grandma's age?

Being diagnosed with depression, may make you more vulnerable to pains. You may wake up one day, feeling all sore, without any reason. In such cases, even treatments are of no help. Your psychological state will either worsen or quieten down your pains.

6. Do you spend the whole night tossing and turning?

Do you have trouble falling asleep? Or perhaps, find yourself dozing off all the time?

Many depressed people report that they can't get a good night's sleep. Others with more severe depression, tend to wake up around 4am and can't shut their eyes afterwards.

If that's your case, avoid taking sleeping pills or benzodiazepines since these can worsen your symptoms and quality of sleep. Instead, talk to your healthcare provider about using magnesium glycinate or magnesium bisglycinate before bed. These types of magnesium will help you relax, making it easier for you to enjoy better sleep quality.

7. Do you enjoy being alone, in a world of your own?

Often, when people suffer from depression, they feel like everything around them becomes grey. They can't seem to enjoy what they once did. Nothing matters anymore. And all they want is to seclude themselves. Get as far away as possible from people. 'cause that's where you feel 'at home'. Does that sound like you?

Have you or someone you know dealt with depression? Why not drop us a comment and tell us how they battled their way out of it?

Submitted by: Shari

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