8 Foods That Help Fight Depression
8 FOODS HELPED ME FIGHT MY DEPRESSION:
1. ANY DARK LEAFY GREENS
These are a nutrient-dense inflammation fighter. Inflammation is what sets off depression in the brain. Fight it by buying and eating more dark leafy greens. There are so many to choose from: spinach, kale, and swiss chard should be on your grocer’s shelves now.
These greens are the first of the “G-BOMBS”. These “G-BOMBS” are foods such as greens, beans, mushrooms, onions, berries, and seeds, as described by Joel Fuhrman, MD in his book, The End of Dieting. These foods are the most powerful immune-boosting agents and have anti-cancer effects.
Severe depression has been linked with brain inflammation as per a study published in March, 2015 in JAMA Psychiatry. Leafy greens are filled with vitamins A, C, E, and K, minerals, and phytochemicals.
Stuff some of the richest plant source of omega-3 fatty acids in to your mouth. Omega-3 fatty acides support the brain’s functions. As a society we do not push the benefits of nuts. Now its time to make some steps back to the nutty side to take advantage of all they have to offer.
There are so many fresh dishes you can make with avocado. The oleic acid in avocados gives you brainpower. Eating one per day will boost a lot of the brain’s functions. Avocados are power foods and a healthy fat. Most of the fat from the avocado is monounsaturated fat in the form of oleic acid. Avocados are filled with vitamin K, different kinds of vitamin B (B9, B6, and B5), vitamin C, and vitamin E12. YOu would not know it, but an avocado also has very low sugar, but it is high in dietary fiber. Go ahead and grab a few!
When berries are enjoyed freshly there are the highest antioxidant foods available. Choose one or choose them all, but add these berries to your shopping list: raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries. The variety in what you can get away with will excite your tastebuds. Add some berries to your breakfast and get the day started with something that will fight depression. Antioxidants are like DNA repairmen and they are bursting throughout berries. Your body is already equipped with what it needs to make its own repairs. These repairmen fix your cells and preventing them from getting cancer and other illnesses.
There are so many different types of mushrooms. You will never be bored to add these foods to your plate. The chemical properties of mushrooms oppose insulin. Insulin helps to lower blood sugar levels, evening out your mood. Mushrooms promote healthy gut bacteria. It sounds gross, but it is ever so good for your body. Our gut manufactures at least eighty percent of our body’s serotonin. Serotonin is the critical neurotransmitter that keeps us balanced and sane. We certainly cannot afford to skip the mushrooms. We should be loading up even more on these delicious treats. Our intestinal health matters!
We often overlook onions as having much to contribute. They are smelly and we do not like to cut them because of the effects on our eyes. Onions must push their way on to our plates too. Onions are layered With cancer fighting allium. Allium is brimming over in vegetables such as chives, leeks, shallots, spring onions, and garlics have been associated with decreasing the risk of many types of cancers.
Eating garlic and onions frequently helps to reduce the risk of cancers to the digestive tract. Consider the relationship between your digestive tract and your brain. Between the two helping to prevent cancers of the gut they also benefit your mood.
Add at least five baby tomatoes to your salad today to load up on folic acid and alpha-lipoic acid. Those two acids are awesome for fighting depression. As per research published in the Journal of Psychiatry and Neuroscience,studies have shown an elevation of folate deficiency in patients with depression; they were have folate deficiency. Folic acid can prevent an excess of homocysteine. Homocysteine restricts the making of neurotransmitters such as serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine from forming in the body. Still too scientific? Its ok, just eat more tomatoes. Who can resist adding tomatoes to every dish rather raw or cooked. You can grow tomatoes easily too – in the yard or on the balcony. The fresh juiciness pops in your mouth.
Anti-diabetes and weight loss all wrapped in to a bean. Our bodies digest beans slowly and this stabilizes blood sugar levels. Another super food that can do wonders for our bodies. This is the one starch that should be on your kitchen shelves. Add beans to a salad and your body will smile from the inside. Beans are a great mood stabilizer and packed with fiber. Some will notice that with more bean eating they will not feel the need to load up on breads. Beans is a wonder food that will continue to amaze the body.