A number of factors can lead to depression, and your diet plays a huge role. Sometimes, when people are depressed, they eat to help them overcome or to make them feel better however they have the opposite effect. Eating junk food when you’re depressed can make you feel even worse. Your appetite is goes for toss and you feel hungry.
Your brain begins craving food and it needs a lot of energy to work properly when you are in “depression”.
You must do the following to help:
- Don’t skip meals as you don’t realize how it harms your health and state of mind. Eating regular meals at regular intervals is the beginning of a healthy diet.
- Complex carbs can be a good choice when you’re feeling down. So go for fruits, vegetables and high in fiber food choice.
- Omega-3s improve your brain’s functional ability. Fish, nuts, flaxseed oil, nuts, dark-green leafy vegetables are a good source of it.
- Avoiding refined sugar is another way to improve your mood. Sugar may make you feel active at first, but it won’t take long for failure.
- Selenium is an essential mineral, and it works for preventing or managing depression. It’s best food source is brazilian nuts (one ounce will get you over 500 micrograms)
- Supplementing with B12, B6 and folic acid improves your body’s response to antidepressant medication. Sources are meat, eggs, walnut, avocado, seafood, green leafy vegetables.
- Dark chocolate, in particular, is known to lower blood pressure, adding to a feeling of calm.
- Avoid on caffeine from coffee, tea, chocolate, cocoa, colas, and medication. You may feel short-term relief, but these substances usually only make things worse.
- Avoid alcohol, cigarettes, and medication that compound an emotional problem also are important.
Regular exercise, right nutrients and diet, effective coping skills, a strong social support system is useful. Depression also can be an indication of other problems, so always consult a physician if your emotional problems continues or hinders with your well being and health. In the meantime, keep in mind that what you choose to calm your hunger, also will be fueling your mood.