Nutrition is one of the most discounted factors when it comes to warding off depression. But it can’t be stressed enough that what we eat plays a huge role in our mental health as well as physical health. Many who are struggling with depression don’t think that a change in their diet will help, but studies have shown that it can, in fact, help. And changing your diet in small ways can, to a huge degree, do a lot to reduce symptoms of depression and have a significant effect on one’s overall well-being.
So, in that regard, we’ve rounded up a couple of foods that you can try to battle the symptoms of depression. Indeed, some of them have been shown by researchers to work just as well as anti-depressant medication, without the nasty side-effects.
Protein is good for depression. And turkey has protein—lots of it! In fact, research shows that turkey, in particular, has a good amount of tryptophan, the chemical that stimulates the production of serotonin, a mood-regulating hormone in the brain.
Serotonin puts people in a good mood, and turkey can help our brains produce it. So the great news is that you don’t have to scrimp on Turkey—get your credit card out and purchase away, onward and upward to better mental health!
Walnuts can help fight depression, too. Walnuts are not just a good source of monounsaturated fats and protein, which help keep our hearts healthy, they’re also rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which studies show are great for maintaining the brain’s overall health. And, of course, a healthy brain will, to a huge degree, tend to produce a healthy mind, so don’t forget to eat a good amount of walnuts to help reduce the symptoms of depression.
Speaking of omega-3 fatty acids, one type of food that has got this in abundance is fish—fatty fish. Wild salmon and tuna, you betcha! The fatty acids in these kinds of fish have excellent brain-boosting elements that can help battle depression, and they’re fantastic for your heart, too. So do your heart and your brain a favor and give yourself a good degree of fish every now and then.
Low-Fat Dairy Products
That’s right, low fat dairy products can be excellent for fighting depression, too. They are rich in protein, calcium, and vitamin D, which helps both your brain and your heart. Indeed, research has shown that specific peptides in a slew of dairy products can produce some degree of relaxation and calmness in an individual. So don’t forget to include these in your diet as well!
Who would have thought that the high fiber found in whole grain foods can fight depression? But, apparently, they do, and we’re glad about it since this is one thing any home will have in abundance.
The complex carbohydrates found in whole grains are said to improve mood rather speedily, according to new research. And whole-grain foods like brown rice, sweet potatoes, and pasta also help the brain in its production of that wonderful hormone, serotonin. So grab your credit card and load your fridge with these items!
Green Tea is a great source of antioxidants, which we all know is fantastic for the body, but it is theanine, an amino acid that’s also found in green tea, that is said to have depression battling characteristics. So if you’re a tea drinker, then try swapping your usual cup for green tea, and notice your sense of well-being increase!
Particularly, dark chocolate. It’s been known for a long time now that dark chocolate has unique depression-fighting characteristics. It helps the brain produce serotonin, after all, which will leave people upbeat and in a good mood. Just don’t eat too much if you don’t want to gain a huge degree of unwanted pounds!
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