Is Your Diet Making You Depressed?
Getting proper nutrition is essential for healthy brain function and a better body. For example, studies have shown that your body works better if you eat nine servings of fruit and vegetables a day. Also, it is essential to your lifestyle to steer away from toxic foods. Did you know that fast foods can change the chemistry and function of your brain?
Depression and Your Serotonin Levels
If you have been feeling depressed, you need to have a check-up on your diet. Food has influence over six major neurotransmitters in the brain, serotonin being one of them. Low serotonin levels are often a common cause of depression and anxiety. Often the diets of those with low serotonin levels crave carbohydrate-rich foods such as pasta, bread, and sugar-filled chocolate. Carbohydrates raise serotonin levels and temporarily increase feelings of well-being.
Changing Your Brain With Your Diet
In a recent study, BMC Journal found that diets higher in plant foods, such as vegetables, fruits, lean proteins, including fish, are associated with a reduced risk for depression. Those whose diets included more processed foods and sugary products were associated with an increased risk of depression. This study shows that our brains care about what we are putting into our bodies and that we can change our brain chemistry through what we eat.
Add these twelve smart carbohydrates to your diet to boost serotonin and lower your levels of depression:
- Sweet potatoes
- Oranges or tangerines
Exercise and smart carbs like these just listed can make a big difference in your mood, mind, and body. They can also help you treat depression without dependence on medication.
If you or a loved one is experiencing symptoms of depression, Amen Clinics can help. We will help you learn more about your brain and assist with early diagnosis and intervention. Call us today at (888) 288-9834 or visit our website to schedule a visit.