A very common problem that today’s generation experience is ‘depression’. It is a serious condition which shouldn’t be taken lightly. People of urban cities mostly bear the brunt of depression. As such, there is no specific cure but following a good diet plan may cheer you up. The below-listed food items are a few of them.
Give your diet the ‘fruity’ and ‘berry’ boost
Eat fruits, Eat berries. Berries act as antioxidants which help to boost your mood. Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, cranberries, blackberries all are rich in Vitamin C. They have the potential to cut your stress levels and cure other illnesses as well. You may also gift yourself with an apple daily because “an apple a day, keeps the depression away”.
“Keep yourself busy if you want to avoid depression. For me, inactivity is the enemy.” – Matt Lucas
Let your gut go green
Green Leafy vegetables ensure proper intake of nutrients. They are rich in several vitamins such as Vitamin B, Vitamin B6 etc. Eating spinach, broccoli, kale, and collard provide nutrients to your diet arming your immunity system. One reason is that people with depression have been found to have a lower dietary intake of folate compared to those without depression. Folate, fiber, and other nutrients make vegetables—especially the darker leafy greens—a wonderful choice.
Green vegetables were your enemies in childhood. Let’s give them a second chance now.
Flaxseed and chia seeds are wonderful additions to your diet if you struggle with depression. As with some of the other foods mentioned, these two types of seeds are particularly great sources of omega-3 fats.
Seek help from your ‘fatty’ friends
Fishes are rich in fatty acids and protein content. Salmon, sardines, tuna, marlin, sailfish, herring and mackerel are some of the fishes which help in reducing stress levels and depression. Why? Because they are rich sources of omega-3 fats. They also cut the risk of heart diseases to a large extent.
Pick seeds to improve your mood
Flaxseed and chia seeds are wonderful additions to your diet if you struggle with depression. As with some of the other foods mentioned, these two types of seeds are particularly great sources of omega-3 fats. Just one tablespoon of chia seeds provides approximately 61% of your daily recommended amount of omega-3 and one tablespoon of flaxseed provides roughly 39% of the daily recommendation.
Also read: Too Young To Be Depressed? No, It Can Happen To Anyone: Zaira Wasim
One egg a day keeps depression away
Eggs act as energy boosters as they are rich kingdoms of proteins, zinc, Vitamins B and other nutrition. Accompany them with milk and see the magic. Enjoy them in your breakfast or in dinner, your rule!
“Getting better from depression demands a lifelong commitment. I’ve made that commitment for my life’s sake and for the sake of those who love me.” — Susan Polis Schutz
No room for depression because we have ‘mushrooms’
The heroic chemical properties of mushrooms help in reducing the sugar levels keeping your body at ease. Now, it’s the time to buy some magic mushrooms.
Although other nuts such as cashews, brazil nuts, and hazelnuts are helpful in supplementing omega-3 fats, walnuts seem to be the winner in this category. Walnuts are known to support overall brain health, being one of the highest plant-based sources of omega-3 and a great source of protein to help keep blood sugar levels at a healthy balance.
One study found that depression scores were 26% lower among those who consumed about one-quarter cup of walnuts per day.
Also read: Sugar May Cause Depression: Study
Udisha Srivastav is an intern with SheThePeople.TV