How do you like the idea of controlling your depression by adjusting what you eat? And what if we told you there are some foods that will improve your natural defenses against depression? Hopefully this article will help you realize that changing your diet is an important part of fighting against depression!
Start eating the following foods regularly, and you'll soon gain extra momentum in your quest towards improved life quality and all around lightheartedness.
Not only do the healthy Omega-3 fatty acids which are found in fish are good for your physical well-being, but these natural fish oils have also been found to help alleviate feelings of depression and anxiety. Seafood with a high content of Omega 3 includes Trout, Sardine, Tuna, Anchovy, Salmon, Herring, Sable-fish and Whitefish, just to name a few... which means you don't have to keep eating the same fish over and over again, to experience positive reactions.
Whole GrainsUnrefined oats can be very helpful in regulating your sugar levels, and by direct association - your moods and mental stability. They also contain Folic acid and vitamins B6 and B1, which are regarded as mood-enhancing substances; whole grains are much healthier than refined grains like white flour, so you should do your best to substitute one for the other.
CabbageA great source of fibers, Folic acid and Vitamin C - all of which are of great help against stress, as well as in helping regulate your blood levels. If you start looking for new ways to include cabbage in your diet, you'll be amazed with the possibilities: asides from just cooking soup and stews, you can stir-fry cabbage or even use it as the base ingredient in salads.
There's a good chance you've already noticed that chocolate sometimes works as a mild anti-depressant. The problem is usually how most type of chocolate has high content in sugar, and not so much in cocoa (which is the active ingredient than actually helps your cause). For best results, you should favor darker chocolates, or even pure cocoa to use in recipes or put in your milk. The flavor is a bit stronger than regular chocolate and may take some getting used to, but its effects will be much better for you.
NutsBrazil nuts, Peccan nuts, Walnuts, Almonds, Peanuts, Hazel, Cashew nuts... there are very rich in Magnesium, a mineral that is essential to keep the body and mind in balance. Low levels of Magnesium in the body are known to trigger depressive moods, and people are often prescribed Magnesium supplements to help with that. No need for such, as long as you eat some nuts on a regular basis.
With high fiber contents, trace amounts of different minerals, vitamins supply and low glycemic content, brown rice is a power food that you should try to use instead of processed white rice. Like many of the other foods in this list, it will help stabilize your blood sugar levels - thereby contributing to your physical as well as mental well-being.