Foods to Fight Depression

 

It may come as a surprise to some, but the foods we eat can actually affect our bodies in different ways. It’s not just the waistline that can change when you eat certain things, but also your mood and immune system. For the millions of people that suffer from depression, being diligent about what they consume is especially important. While many try to manage their symptoms (including fatigue, sadness, and possibly even body aches) with prescription medications, there are natural things that can be done to promote mental health.

When trying to manage depression symptoms, diet and exercise are important. Some depression may be caused by inflammation in the brain, so it is important to consume foods that promote the immune system and have anti-inflammatory properties. Some of the best foods of all to eat for these purposes are dark leafy greens. Spinach, kale, and Swiss chard contain lots of immune-boosting antioxidants and have anti-cancer effects. Studies have shown these leafy greens can fight inflammation, including severe depression linked to brain inflammation.

Tomatoes are also a tasty way to help fight depression. These juicy red fruits (yes, fruit!) have lots of folic acid, which has been shown to promote recovery from depression. Research recently published in the Journal of Psychiatry and Neuroscience showed that many patients with depression were folate deficient – around 1/3 of participants. This made sense as folic acid helps prevent a buildup of homocysteine in the body, which is a chemical that can restrict feel-good hormones such as serotonin and norepinephrine. Folic acid has also been shown to help the body turn glucose into energy, which can stabilize mood.

Another delicious thing that you can eat to promote positive feelings are apples. Just like similar fruits, apples are high in antioxidants that can reduce inflammation and repair damaged cells. Additionally, they are full of soluble fiber, which happens to balance blood sugar swings – and prevent mood swings. All of these foods along with many others can help to promote mental health. If struggling with depression, be sure to talk to your physician about other natural things you can do to help ease symptoms.

Along with these foods, regular chiropractic care may help you stave off depression, as well as help to keep your body healthy and in good condition. With frequent adjustments and corrections of any subluxations, the body is clear to function at a high rate, and keep you feeling happy and healthy.

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