Depression is a very strong battle that people suffering hardly win, however, with right help they can feel better and in most cases, their disease can be treated. Food is not only used to fill the empty stomach and get energy but for centuries it is used to treat different ailments as well as hard to cure wounds.
When we specifically talk about depression, a number of factors including the busy and stressed lifestyle contribute to the disease. And one of the most influencing ones is what you eat. “Diet plays a huge role not only in your physical health but have the huge impact on your mental health.”
For example, people often have food cravings when they are feeling low. According to Dr. Talbot Ph.D., a nutritional biochemist, when you eat fresh fruit, whole grains, vegetables and fish and cut down on junk food, our energy levels go up and we will have better brain functioning.
The same fits to the patient with depression, while they are taking therapies and medications for depression, they should focus on their eating patterns. Although there are no specific depression recipes to help people with depression, certain foods can help them in lowering depression symptoms.
Most nuts provide a good amount of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats and they are a good source of protein. When eaten in moderation nuts provide various health benefits.
However, walnut has the edge over all nuts when it comes to lowering depression symptoms. Not only it looks like the human brain, but it does benefit human brain functioning in many ways. Because walnuts are rich in plant-based omega-3 fatty acid that is more commonly known as brain food. So if you are someone with depression, or just want to improve your brain health, eat a whole walnut when you go to bed.
Turkey is not only delicious and should be served on Thanksgiving, but it should be part of your regular meals. Because it can be used as the best alternative to depression treatment. Most lean sources of protein are helpful in warding off depression symptoms, but turkey has topped the charts because it has higher levels of tryptophan. This chemical is known for stimulating serotonin production, a hormone that is responsible for happiness and produces a feel-good chemical.
Who is not fond of cheese and dairy? Well, skimmed milk, low-fat cheeses, yogurt and other dairy products are the rich source of vitamin D and calcium. Moreover, dairy products provide some amount of peptides (protein) that increase the serotonin levels.