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The depression diet: Is your food influencing your mood?

by , 22 March 2018
The depression diet: Is your food influencing your mood?
It's common for people with depression to eat to make them feel better or help them cope. Unfortunately, the foods people tend to turn to have the opposite effect.

Eating junk food, or foods that contain large amounts of saturated fat, refined sugars, heavily processed ingredients or caffeine, when you're depressed can make you feel much worse!

On the other hand, sticking to a healthy diet can help you manage your depression symptoms or even make them go away entirely. These are the ‘mood foods' you should add to your diet.

Foods that can help you fight depression naturally

#1: Omega-3-rich foods
Omega-3 fatty acids, found in foods like fish (think tuna, mackerel and salmon) and nuts, are associated with improved brain function. Several studies have found that these fatty acids can also help manage your mood and reduce depression symptoms. Other foods that pack a punch of omega-3 include dark green leafy vegetables, chia seeds, flaxseeds and flaxseed oil, and canola oil.
 
#2: Vitamin D-rich foods
A body of research has shown that people with low levels of vitamin D are more likely to experience to experience depression-related symptoms. You can vitamin D from spending time in the sun, but you can also get it from foods milk, cheese, egg yolks, tofu and foods fortified with vitamin D like some dairy products, orange juice and cereals.

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This group of nutrients is not only the answer to boosting your mood... Preventing Alzheimer's and dementia... It's also 8 TIMES MORE EFFECTIVE than an Anti-Depressant!...

Nature’s secret to optimum mental health... 
  • Protects you from depression and other mood disorders including schizophrenia. 
  • Improves memory and learning. (In fact, studies show kids who take Omega 3 supplements do better at school, score higher in tests and have fewer behavioural issues than those who don’t.)
  • Fights age-related memory loss and senior moments synonymous with dementia and Alzheimer’s. 
  • And protects against stress-related job burnout. 

And it’s all thanks to the “Omega 3 Effect”

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#3: Selenium-rich foods
Selenium is a mineral essential for good overall health. A number of studies have suggested that selenium deficiency can increase risk for depression. Other studies have indicated that taking a daily selenium supplement can decrease feelings of depression. Selenium is found in nuts, whole grains, beans, lean meats and seafood. However, it’s important to know that too much selenium can be toxic, so you should talk to your doctor before you start taking any selenium supplements.
 
#4: Healthy carbohydrates
Carbohydrates can trigger your brain to release serotonin, the mood-boosting neurotransmitter – but that’s only if you eat the good kinds. Try to stay away from sugary snack foods and go for fruits, vegetables and foods high in fibre like whole-grain breads.
 
These foods all provide a complementary or alternative depression treatment.

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