Have you thought that the cause of depression could be your diet?
The environment in which we live is full of stressful situations.
If you are suffering from depression and, moreover, you are having serious problems, your daily life has deteriorated and you are no longer able to work, I recommend that you revise your diet instead of thinking about antidepressants.
Lack of nutrients and vitamins contributes to the development of depression.
What do we need and what should be our diet to fight depression?
Pasta, fried foods, sweets – we especially like to eat them when we are in a panic, as if they help us to calm down. However, the pleasure of taking them lasts for a short time – until the blood sugar level drops.
Unhealthy foods can exacerbate / prolong long-term problems and depression.
Australian researchers have found that a balanced diet with fruits, vegetables, meat, fish and grains significantly reduces the risk of developing depression.
Frequent consumption of fast food and baked goods increases the risk of developing depression by 51%.
Enrich your diet with omega 3
Omega-3 protects us from depression.
In one study, participants were taking antidepressants, and their symptoms only improved when they took fatty acid supplements.
Salmon, sardines, nuts, flax seeds are rich in omega 3. You can also take it as a supplement, on your doctor’s recommendation.
B vitamins play an important role in mood regulation. There are studies proving that low levels of B12, B6 and folate lead to depression.
Lack of this vitamin indicates unhealthy diet and lack of nutrients in the body.
Older people, vegetarians, and patients with digestive disorders are often deficient in B vitamins, especially B12.
To assimilate them, eat: fish, lean meat, eggs, milk.
Anxiety, stress, depression – your body needs more amino acids to improve this condition. They ensure the chemical balance of the brain, increase the working capacity of the brain, help us develop mental health.
Amino acids are responsible for human biological processes, they have a building function.
Our body produces 12 amino acids, while the other 8 are absorbed through food. They are found in meat, eggs, beans, milk, peas and grains.
When you are depressed, your chances of relying on carbohydrates and sugar increase. Remember, consuming large amounts of sugar can make depression worse, and the pleasure and relief you get from sweets can be temporary.
Processed foods that are high in sugar contribute to inflammatory processes in the body. They also contain large amounts of salt, which causes an increase in blood pressure.
In turn, hypertension implies an increased risk of stroke and heart attack.
Take care of your health, eat healthy and you will soon feel better, both physically and mentally.