Diet And Depression: What Are The Best Food To Fight Off Depression?

By Abbie Kraft, Parent Herald December 15, 09:24 pm
Diet And Depression: What Are The Best Food To Fight Off Depression?
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An individual's diet plays a vital role when it comes to mental health and overall health. According to researchers, a healthy diet is one of the best ways to minimize or at least boost happy hormones [endorphin] to relieve or combat depression.

Web Md released a report where it was explained that a high nutrient diet is often recommended as it supports the body's growth, repair, and wellness. Vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, and protein rich food are usually recommended. Food rich in antioxidants is also advisable as they eliminate "free radicals" that are often produced in an individual's body. The damaging molecules [free radicals] contributes to cell damage, aging and bodily dysfunction.

Carbohydrates may be one on the food list that most individuals would avoid.As per studies, however, there is a strong connection between carbs and a person's mood. Carbohydrates and an individual's mood are often linked as studies revealed that carbs are being linked in boosting one's mood as it triggers serotonin production. Craving for carbs s often related to decreased serotonin activity though experts couldn't fully confirm yet.

As per Prevention website, most people would confuse 'comfort food' with stress eating. Comfort foods are usually perceived as sugary, junk treats that can give you a quick endorphin fix, but it does not necessarily mean that options are limited.

As per the website, there are several alternatives that can give an individual the needed boost such as berries. These sweet treats are loaded with antioxidants which are rich in vitamin C and are known to combat stress.

Nuts, most especially cashews are not just great snacks but great mood boosters as well. Cashews are fully loaded with zinc. Low zinc levels are usually linked to depression, which means that a handful of nuts can most definitely lighten your day.

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