So you’re down in the dumps and can’t seem to get back to being your regular, radiant self. If this has been going on for longer than two weeks, you should talk to someone about it, because it could be depression. But… if you think you are just feeling down, then you have to remember there’s a difference between being sad and being depressed.
There are tons of treatments available out there if you are diagnosed, but the best treatments might be right in your kitchen. All natural is the way to go, trust me. This worked perfectly after I was diagnosed with post-partum depression. Nothing worked until I changed my diet.
We all know now how what we eat affects us physically, but studies have been done on how it affects us psychologically. I’m talking about chemical compounds, vitamins, minerals, proteins, all that good stuff. If you eat foods with the right stuff in them, you can control or even get rid of your depression completely. You can even feel change happen in like a month tops. It’s unbelievable!
The first food you’re gonna need to add to your diet is fish, fish, and more fish. Salmon and other fishes high in good fats are full of omega-3 fatty acids which are super important for mental health. They help with depression by providing your body with more material to literally build more neurons, or repair damages ones! If you are super opposed to fish, try getting this fat from seeds and nuts, like walnuts or chia seeds.
Go bananas over…bananas! They aren’t just delicious and easy to eat, they are also packed with depression-fighting vitamins. They are high in one of the essential B vitamins, B6, which works together with other B vitamins to keep your nervous system running smoothly. How does it work, you ask? Well, B vitamins aid in the production of serotonin, that lovely chemical that makes you feel warm and fuzzy. If bananas aren’t your bag, you can get the same stuff from leafy greens like spinach, beans, and even eggs.
Didn’t your mom always tell you to stop eating white bread and switch to whole grain? Well, that was good advice for many reasons, so momma was right on that one (yeah I’m shaking my head too. You were right mom! I said it!). One of those reasons is that whole grains are super important for someone battling depression. Whole grains are a great source of complex carbohydrates, which are great for keeping your moods regulated. When you eat lots of sugars and simple carbs, your moods can fluctuate a lot and make your depression worse. If you can’t stomach whole grains for some reason, some alternative sources of complex carbs include seeds, eggs, beans, and nuts.
Turkey’s not just for Thanksgiving anymore! Guess why? It turns out the chemical in it makes you want to take a 40-day nap afterwards, tryptophan and it’s an amazing chemical actually necessary for serotonin production and even helps to regulate sleep, which is why you end up super sleepy after Thanksgiving dinner. That and eating like it was your last day on earth! (I have no self control. I know) Other foods with tryptophan include beef, dairy, and pumpkin, but turkey is so healthy, why not just add it to your diet anyway.
There you have it, the cure for depression right in front of you, on your dinner plate! Take a bite of the healthy life!