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These 5 Foods Are Believed To Be Depression-Fighting Champs!

Mental Wellbeing
Anjali Nayyar
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These 5 Foods Are Believed To Be Depression-Fighting Champs!

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Eating is a way to cope with sadness – but not all foods are comforting…

Depression destroys, and even kills. And it is a natural tendency in humans to eat more while dealing with depression – why? The body knows that there are foods that help to comfort, and craves for them. Unfortunately, the mind is not aware of what these foods are. Result – bingeing, and weight gain. However, there are some foods that can help fight depression. This is a pointer to the nutrients that the body needs to perk up, and the foods that contain these nutrients.

  • Serotonin – Chocolates! Have you noticed how chocolates are an immense comfort in sorrow? Guess why. Chocolates boost serotonin, a hormone that promotes the feel-good factor. To go a little deeper into the matter, serotonin comes from a compound called tryptophan, and a deficiency of this is likely to cause depression. Along with chocolates, tryptophan is also found abundantly in meat, eggs, beans, and fish. A word of advice – go for dark chocolates over other kinds.
  • Good carbs – By good carbs I mean simple, natural sugars that are found in fresh fruits. Natural sugars come with fibres, which regulate the rate of digestion of these sugars. This ensures a controlled increase in blood glucose, and stability of the body and the mind. If sugars rise and fall sharply in the body (as is the case with refined sugars), a person could experience mood swings.
  • Vitamin D – Have you heard of seasonal affective disorder (SAD)? This indicates mood disorders that occur mostly in the winter months, especially when it is dark and cold. Why does bright sunshine make us happy? It’s because the sun’s rays help our bodies produce vitamin D, which is an antidepressant. This important vitamin is also present in green vegetables like kale, spinach, broccoli, etc. Keep the greens on your plate, and drive away the gloom!
  • Vitamin B – You must be knowing that legumes, bananas, avocados, chard, and greens (for a different nutrient now) are good for you. If you’ve ever wondered why, here is the answer – these foods are rich in B-vitamins, including B6, B12, and folic acid. According to experts, a lack of these nutrients is linked to the onset of depression.
  • Omega-3 – We have all heard of omega-3 fatty acids, haven’t we? It is labelled on oils, supplements, and is much talked about in diet matters. Omega-3 is available in fatty fish, greens, nuts, and seeds, and is an essential nutrient (it cannot be produced by the body). It enhances brain functioning and controls mood swings. Recent studies have shown that communities that are exposed to sufficient omega-3 fatty acids in their diet are less prone to depressive disorders than others.

Basically, the whole thing boils down to the fact that it is necessary to have a balanced diet – whether it be to counter depression, or deficiency. So the next time you are feeling low and feel like eating to perk up, choose a healthy platter, including the foods mentioned above. Avoid junk food, and remember, there is no substitute for medical help, so don’t skip going to your doctor. Depression is a serious issue, and needs to be treated with seriousness.

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