It is very common to experience depression. For most of us, depression is only a temporary set back.
Yet, for others depression can be a serious, debilitating illness. Fortunately, there are foods that help depression.
Many factors can cause depression. These factors can be psychological, physical, and physiological. There may even be a genetic component to some people’s depression.
A lack of exercise, and a lack of social interaction can also bring about or increase feelings of depression.
The good news is, there are many foods that can help with depression. The medical establishment is hoping that you don’t stumble upon this information, as it will cut into their lucrative business of treating depression, and prescribing drugs to manage it.
I am not however advocating in any way that you should stop taking your prescribed medicine for depression if you are currently under a doctor’s care.
I do believe though that you should take this information into account, and consider implementing it as part of your overall mental health tool chest.
If you sometimes encounter periods of blue moods, and feelings of sadness, which most of us do from time to time, eating these foods can help you through, and also provide many other health benefits.
And unlike taking drugs, eating these mood boosting foods will not present unwanted side effects.
Many foods, in fact, do a better job of counteracting depression than do many expensive, side effect ridden, dangerous drugs.
I believe that improper diet, and digestion can be a cause or a contributor of depression, and conversely, a correct diet, and proper digestion can be a remedy or a help for depression.
Digestion and Depression
We know that eating the right foods can help depression. We also know that eating the wrong foods can worsen depression.
So, if eating the right foods can help with depression, whether or not we digest our food properly can play a role in delivering the nutrients from the food to the brain.
As we age, the levels of hydrochloric acid or HCL in our stomachs decreases. This HCL is integral in facilitating digestion and assimilation or absorption of food, as well as killing pathogens within the food.
At age 18 we make enough HCL to provide maximum delivery of nutrients from our food to the cells of the body for proper function.
However, by the time we are 40, we are only making one half of this amount. And, by the time we are in our 70’s our stores of HCL are almost completely depleted.
This means that not only are the nutrients from our food not getting to your organs, glands, and tissues, the pathogens in our food are not being destroyed, and as a result, we become susceptible to many chronic health issues.
If this weren’t bad enough, we also lose the enzymes that are needed to catalyze our digestive process by eating cooked foods. These enzymes are made in the pancreas. By middle age, most people are also woefully deficient in these digestive enzymes.
I believe this lack of hydrochloric acid, and digestive enzymes to be a cause, or at least a contributor to many people’s forms of depression. So, what are we to do? Is there a way to overcome this progression naturally?
The answer is a profound yes. We can easily help replenish our body’s HCL by supplementing with betaine hydrochloride from sugar beets, and with a potassium activator, to be taken at the end of cooked meals.
In addition we can supplement with digestive enzymes whenever we eat cooked foods, to be taken during the meal.
Foods that help Depression
God wants us to be healthy and happy. You can see evidence of this all around us.
We are provided natural means to help with, and in many cases cure the various maladies, and diseases that we encounter in life. This is also true in the case of depression.
There are many foods that we have easy access to that can be a significant help with depression in all it’s forms. Certain foods can improve your mood while reducing feelings of anxiety, stress, worry, and of course depression.
You may want to consider combining these foods to provide you with a synergistic effect, which will give you greater benefits than just having one or two at a time.
Walnuts Have you ever noticed how much the meat of the walnut looks like the human brain? Coincidence?
I think not. I believe it is a designed that way in order for us to know to utilize it to keep our brains healthy, and functioning properly.
Walnuts also help boost serotonin levels in the brain. This is a feel good chemical which also helps with our sleep.
Almonds Almonds are high in the mineral magnesium. Magnesium helps fight depression by increasing levels of serotonin. Low levels of magnesium is commonly found in people with depression.
Almonds are also high in selenium. Selenium is another mineral that is helpful with thyroid functioning. Low thyroid function is another common symptom of depression.
Dark Chocolate Dark chocolate is a delicious way to raise serotonin levels. It also naturally decreases the body’s ability to make stress hormones such as cortisol. This can also benefit you if you sometimes suffer from anxiety.
Bananas Bananas are loaded with tryptophan which can help increase your serotonin levels. Bananas also help in the manufacture of tyrosine which in turn helps in the making of norepinephrine, and dopamine. Norepinephrine, and dopamine are neurotransmitters that can improve your mood and outlook.
Avocados Avocados are full of omega 3 fatty acids, potassium, and tryptophan. These will help with production and movement of serotonin, lessening stress, as well as allowing for relaxation.
Blueberries Blueberries are one of the most anti oxidant rich fruits. These anti oxidants play a key role in the brain’s cognitive functioning. They are also high in selenium, B vitamins, potassium, and zinc, which can improve mood and help stave off depression.
Asparagus Asparagus is another green vegetable that has many properties that can assist with depression. Asparagus is rich in folic acid, a B vitamin. Low levels of folic acid are often found in individuals with depression.
Also present in asparagus is other mood improving B vitamins as well as tryptophan which we know generates serotonin that fends off moodiness and other forms of depression.
Green Tea Even though green tea is a drink, and not a food per se, it is still very effective in improving symptoms of depression. It is loaded with anti-oxidants, and amino acids.
One such amino acid in green tea is theamine which is useful in reducing stress, and along with polyphenols increase the brain’s dopamine levels which will improve mood.
Spinach Spinach contains the highest concentration of folic acid among the dark leafy green vegetables. We already know that folic acid helps to boost the brain’s levels of dopamine, and serotonin, two feel good brain chemicals.
Other depression fighting foods:
Fish high in omega 3 fatty acids such as salmon, sardines, and tuna.
Eggs which are high in the mineral zinc, as well as vitamin D.
Mushrooms, and whole grains like brown rice that are high in tryptophan to generate serotonin, and dopamine.
Pine nuts, green beans, and millet are high in B vitamins.
To Feel Happy and Alive, Eat Live Food
In order to be happy, have energy, and feel alive eat a raw, plant based diet.
If you concentrate on eating, fresh, raw, organic vegetables, and fruits, and if you eliminate refined, processed, fried, chemical and preservative laden so-called foods. your feelings of sadness, moodiness, and depression will certainly diminish.
If you are consistent with it, throw in some exercise, and some sunlight, there is every chance these negative feelings will disappear altogether.
We were engineered to eat raw food. It is primarily due to man’s adulteration of food that disease, and other chronic health problems have been introduced into our lives. Change your diet, change your life.