One sign of depression is that people tend to eat much more than usual. This is basically a form of coping tactic used by them when they are depressed. This will make them better. Depressed people are having food which is junk food. It may have a negative effect on their mood. There are foods that are considered good to fight symptoms of depression. There is some form of food that is known to be the worst during the phase of depression. They are
- Food that has caffeine in it.
- Food that contains saturated fat.
- Food that has heavily processed ingredients.
- Sugar and sugar products, refined sugar.
When you stick to a healthy diet and exercise regularly, you can subside the signs and symptoms of depression very quickly and for a prolonged period of time.
When it comes to things that are to be avoided in depression, one which is more important is the use of alcohol and illegal drugs. They can make symptoms of depression worsen. They can just give a short term satisfaction or short term relief from your symptoms. In long term effects, they can disturb your sleep cycles and give you mood swings and make you anxious. They can also have side effects with the prescribed medication and medicines can stop working.
Foods That Can Fight The Symptoms Of Depression
Good carbohydrates for mood boosting:
When you take carbohydrates, it will boost the brain by releasing a neurotransmitter called serotonin. Eating the right carbohydrates may help you out when you are feeling down. Taking whole-grain bread helps you in this scenario. Avoiding sugary snacks and going for fruits, vegetables, and food that is rich in fiber.
Taking Omega 3s:
Omega 3s improves brain function effectively and efficiently. And some studies have said that it can improve fighting the symptoms of depression also. Food rich in Omega 3s includes the following: fish, nuts, canola oil, flaxseeds and its oil, nuts, and green leafy vegetables.
Taking Vitamin D may help:
Studies have shown that people who have a deficiency in Vitamin D show more symptoms of depression. People are getting Vitamin D from the sun but there are other sources also from where you can get Vitamin D. There are some food sources also which gives you Vitamin D, they are: fish, tofu and milk etc.
Apart from these there are some other foods that help in lowering the depressive symptoms, they are:
Sweet potato is rich in Vitamin B6 and studies have shown that when the amount of Vitamin B6 is low in the body, the depressive symptoms increases.
Cashews are rich in tryptophan which increases the happiness hormone that is the serotonin. According to Dr. Andrew Saul, when you take a handful of cashew it is equivalent to a dose of antidepressant medicine called Prozac.
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