Normally most of us only get concerned with our diet if we are trying to lose weight, but another important reason why we should be concerned about our dietary choices is that the food we eat can affect the different symptoms of depression, now whether those food choices will have a positive or negative impact on our health is up to us. So if you are experiencing any signs of depression and you would like to get rid of or reduce the symptoms naturally, then start with your diet. Your physical and mental health is best supported by your nutritional plan, so try to eat more whole foods as this will have the biggest impact on your mind and body.
Try to reduce or eliminate sugar, especially white sugar and fructose sugar that are found mainly in the so called juices we drink. Try and avoid any type of processed food and try to get more grains that have the benefits of keeping our leptin and insulin levels normal, if your insulin and leptin level are not normal, they can trigger some of the symptoms of depression. Too much sugar or processed sugars in general can disrupt your brain’s normal functions as well as reduce your immune system health and cause chronic inflammation.
A lot of people really don’t realize how important our diet is to avoid us feeling depressed. Our serotonin levels have a direct relationship to our moods, so it can be a big determining factor on whether or not we feel depressed. Do you have any idea where the largest concentration of serotonin is in our bodies? Most of us would guess in our brains… wrong! The largest amount of serotonin is actually found in our intestines. This is why some people find that antidepressants don’t work to raise their levels of serotonin in our brain and find these medications to be ineffective in helping them to get rid of depression. Now on the other hand, individuals that made changes to their diet found these dietary impacts to be an immense help.
Here are some other dietary changes you can consider:
- Check your cholesterol to make sure it is not too high or too low
- Take the recommended amount of B12 on a daily basis
- Stay away from processed salts
- Try Omega 3 like Krill Oil