Most people don’t think that eating certain foods can help with depression. However, eating the right foods and getting enough sleep can help those who are suffering from depression.
Eating the right foods can help you feel more emotionally resilient and lessen the effect stress has on your mood. But how exactly does it work? Well in short, eating the right foods provides the nutrients your body needs to fight off inflammation in your brain, which often leads to depression. So let’s get into the top superfoods you should incorporate into your diet to help with depression.
It’s no surprise that dark leafy greens are one of the best superfoods out there. After all, they are one of the most nutrient dense foods available to us. Greens like spinach, kale, etc. are high in nutrients and have amazing properties that boost our immune systems.
Not only are these greens packed with nutrients, they also help prevent the cancerous transformation of normal cells and keep the body ready to attack any precancerous cells. Additionally, leafy greens help fight against inflammation which has been linked with severe depression. Needless to say, these greens are one of the best foods you can eat to help battle depression.
Avocados are another amazing superfood that you should incorporate into your daily diet. These superfoods contain healthy fat that your brain needs in order to run smoothly. These powerhouses are the only fruit that provide a substantial amount of healthy monounsaturated fatty acids.
Monounsaturated fatty acids help fight against heart disease among many other things. They also contain around 4 grams of protein and many kinds of vitamins.
Berries like blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, etc. are extremely high in antioxidants. But what makes antioxidants so important? Well Antioxidants are like DNA repairmen. They go around fixing your cells and preventing them from getting cancer and other illnesses.
Additionally, antioxidants help fight against depression. In one study, patients were treated for two years with antioxidants or placebos. After two years those treated with antioxidants had a notably lower depression score.
Tomatoes contain folic acid and alpha-lipoic acid, both of which are good for fighting depression. Folic acid can prevent an excess of homocysteine. Excess homocysteine can restrict the production of important neurotransmitters like serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine.
A lack of these important neurotransmitters can have many negative effects on the body. Additionally alpha lipoic acid helps stabilize your mood by helping your body convert glucose into energy. So overal tomatoes are definitely one of the best depression fighting sueprfoods.
Your diet has a huge impact on the way you feel and function. Eating the right foods consistently can help you battle depression and improve your overall help. There are many other foods that you can incorporate into your diet other than the ones mentioned above. This includes foods like walnuts, mushrooms, onions, etc. So enjoy the benefits of eating all these great superfoods!
Dr. Christine Sauer, MD,ND(Ger), INHC, CBHC is a German-trained conventional as well as naturopathic physician, a Certified Brain and Mental Health Expert and Coach and a Certified Integrative Nutrition Holistic Health Coach. Through her own journey from successful owner of a large practice in Germany through the abyss of mental and physical health to complete recovery she discovered her unique process to help her clients achieve lasting health and wellness. Her mission is to change the world for the better, one life at a time. Her hobbies are science, learning new things, cooking, gardening and her backyard chickens and dogs.
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