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Can Diet Cause Depression?

Can Diet Cause Depression?
15 Apr 13

Can Diet Cause Depression?

If you are suffering from depression, your diet might be one of the contributing factors. While there is no specific meal plan that can erase this often debilitating condition, there are plenty of ‘bad’ foods that can contribute to the severity of this illness.

1. Problem Foods

Conventional wisdom holds that eating any specific food in moderation should not cause any long-term health issues. But give extra consideration to the foods with added sugars or salt, and limit refined breads, rice, and pasta. These can really have an impact on your blood sugar levels. A diet high in refined carbohydrates can fill you up so much that it leaves little room for healthier choices. Foods linked with obesity and heart diseases, such as red meat and high fat dairy products should also be carefully monitored.

2. Bad Habits

If you are in the habit of skipping meals, this can cause blood sugar imbalances, which can really affect your moods. Also, overeating contributes to physical ailments such as indigestion, discomfort and can lead to feelings of guilt and shame. When overeating is combined with fatty or sugary foods as well as caffeinated beverages, you can end up on a rollercoaster of sugar highs and lows. And while you should avoid meals high in refined carbohydrates, you should also be cautious about diets too low in carbohydrates. This is where ‘moderation’ comes in.

3. A Diet Rich in Nutrients

Foods high in nutrients assist the body in wellness, repair and growth. We all need vitamins, minerals, protein and a small amount of fat included in our diet. Did you know that people who consume a ‘Mediterranean’ diet have fewer symptoms of depression than those who that eat a ‘Western’ diet?  Diets that emphasize vegetables, fish, whole grains, fruits and healthy fats provide rich and beneficial nutrients. Include cold water fish, such as tuna, halibut, and salmon in your diet as they are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids. These fatty acids play an important role in brain function and may possibly improve your moods.

Of course, changing your diet is just one positive step to take in assisting with depression and moodiness. Always seek professional guidance if you exhibit any signs of depression. Sometimes a combination of factors can contribute to depression, and this requires a variety of approaches to deal with it. In any event, a good nutritious diet is never a bad idea!

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