What you feed your body is essential to overall physical health but it’s also essential for your mental health. Consuming too many processed foods can increase depression symptoms by as much as 60 percent! While diet alone is not a panacea for depression, it certainly helps ease symptoms. Here’s how!
Your body, including your brain, needs certain nutrients every day to fight off inflammation. It’s important to nourish your body with the right nutrients in order to become, and stay, emotionally resilient and less vulnerable to stress.
Dark, Leafy Greens
These are the most nutrient-dense foods and include spinach, kale, Swiss chard, and the like. They have the most powerful immune-boosting and anticancer effects. They also contain vitamins A, C, E, and K, which are essential to our health. While it’s best to eat these greens raw, you can cook them. Just be sure you don’t cook them too long because they can break down and not be as effective.
Walnuts are a great snack if you’re on the go and are one of the richest plant sources of omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids support brain function and reduce depression symptoms.
Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries contain high antioxidants that help fight against cancer and other illnesses. In a 2009 study published in the Journal of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine, patients were treated with antioxidants and placebos for two years. Those who were treated with antioxidants had a significantly lower depression score than those who were treated with placebos.
Tomatoes contain a lot of folic acid and alpha-lipoic acid, which are good for fighting depression. In addition, folic acid can prevent an excess of homocystein, which restricts the production of neurotransmitters like dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin. These neurotransmitters help stabilize our moods, making tomatoes a great food to ease depression symptoms.
What we feed our bodies may help improve our moods. It’s important to note that everyone is different; find what works for you. Eating healthy is only going to make your life better and who doesn’t want that?
To your health,
Dr. Roger Sahoury