Fight depression with food, before you turn to drugs. Did you know that obsessive compulsive disorder, sadness, and stress can create mood issues? While there are definitely times for either supplements or natural remedies, food can trigger depression. Our bodies may be primed for depression before a crisis hits.
A few years ago, we did not have any insurance. I had a special needs son with autism and other mood-control issues. When I finally got him first on a doctor’s list, the wait was months. In our area, this frequently happens. Specialists take many patients and you may wait for months to get into a doctor’s office. If you are in a crisis right now, this may help you wait.
Balancing your blood sugar, raises the serotonin levels, and then creates beta endorphins, from foods that naturally help fight depression and anxiety. Beta endorphins are the endorphins, produce a feeling of well-being, and assist the body in coping better with stress. Increasing proteins produces more of the amino acid, tryptophan, which is necessary for our sleep regulation, regulates our appetite and our moods. (Tryptophan can be bought in the form of a supplement, however, there have been a few studies on the fact that the unnatural form is permanently disabling.) You can read more about foods that help produce tryptophan here.
10 foods that help fight depression.
Eating chocolate without the processed sugar is high in magnesium and a definite mood stabilizer. Mixing coconut oil and honey or stevia with chocolate powder makes a nice treat. Or, even adding chocolate to hot drinks or recipes also provides the benefits that can be achieved from this favorite food, without the preservatives.
such as blueberries, peaches and apples which contain phytonutrients that assist the body in eliminating toxins. They are considered super foods and antioxidants and help our bodies find a happy place.
Almonds in particular, but also nuts and legumes are helpful, because they are high in magnesium, zinc, and B vitamins.
High protein diet
High protein helps to create a necessary amino acid in our bodies. Eating enough protein regulates our appetites, helps us sleep better and regulates our mood. You can find protein in meats and nuts without extra fillers.
Nutrient dense plant foods, such as avocados and olives, along with with their oil, provide good brain power for your body. You can also add coconut oil to this. Cut off a pat of butter from a stick of grass-fed butter. Drink some bone broth, cooked at least 24 hours for good collagen and animal fat, which is not unhealthy in moderate amounts.
Omega 3 fatty acids
Foods such as fish or eggs from pasture-raised animals, assist the body in naturally producing serotonin, the chemical used in many antidepressants. You can also benefit from taking a good, pure fish oil supplement, which will help your body’s ability to make enough serotonin.
At least 4 cups of Veggies a day, that are green, leafy and cruciferous such as seaweed, spinach and broccoli, increase our levels of iodine, a lack of which can send our thyroid into a pendulum. Beets can provide folate, help detox your liver, and many other veggies can support our body with a variety of vitamins and minerals, as well as providing fiber for our digestive tract.
Cow’s milk produces many serotonin benefits and is the most major source of B vitamins. Skip the low-fat dairy foods, and eat only full fat, or only reduced fat dairy products, and go low carb. Purchase these in as pure a form as possible, organic and raw is best, but even no artificial hormones in milk, is better than the traditional varieties.
Mushrooms of different species, contain good amounts of vitamin D and selenium. Studies have shown that people with low levels of selenium have a high rate of depression and anxiety. Add them to your dishes, or use the large ones for a sandwich bun.
Soy, for women, beginning in their forties does creates an imbalance in your estrogen production. However, soy is another good source of vitamin B6, which is a building block for the body to properly metabolize protein.
Miso is even a good source of this, because it is also fermented and provides new bacteria in your gut. It is also known to reduce heart disease, and bone loss. I say all this with great trepidation if you are peri-menopausal or menopausal, because soy is generally a food that needs to be avoided. It can worsen hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms.