Food and diet changes that help with symptoms of depression
As well as aiding in weight loss, food and diet changes can also have a positive impact on the symptoms of depression.
Depression is one of the most prevalent mental health illnesses throughout the world.
A study published in Psychosomatic Medicine showed that those who change their diet may see a greater improvement in the symptoms of anxiety and depression.
Foods that put you in a good mood!
Various vitamins, fatty acids, minerals and fibre consumed as part of a healthy diet could also impact the brain and help to improve mood.
The following foods and nutrients may play a role in reducing the symptoms of depression:
- Whole grains
- Oily fish
Ditch the junk food!
While we have established that a healthy diet can help to improve mood, an unhealthy diet can have the opposite affect.
While it’s okay to have the occasional treat or overindulge sometimes, it’s the long term unhealthy diets that contain lots of foods that are very high in energy (calories) and low on nutrition. Here’s a list of foods to limit:
- Fried foods
- Sugary snacks and drinks
- Take away foods
- Processed foods and meats
- White breads, cakes and pastries
Don’t forget to exercise too!
It’s well documented that the inclusion of regular exercise into your routine can have a dramatic impact on your mental health. So while you’re eating better, move better too!
Taking small steps on your journey to good health doesn’t have to be daunting – begin with a walk around the block, and gradually increase as your fitness levels do. Exercise releases endorphins, which help keep you happy!
Small dietary changes can make a big difference in how you feel over time.
Not only can they help improve your mood, but they also keep you healthy for many other reasons!