Is Your Nutrition Making You Depressed?

There is a strong link between lifestyle and depression.

Depression is a condition in which a person feels discouraged, sad, hopeless, unmotivated, or disinterested in life in general.

When these feelings last for a short period of time, it may be a case of “the blues.” This is a normal part of being human.

When is it likely a major depressive episode? When these feelings last more than two weeks or interfere with daily activities such as taking care of family, spending time with friends, or going to work or school. 

(Source: Anxiety and Depression Association of America)

Science makes it clear that food, exercise, sleep and stress management play a major role in our general well-being. 

 

Two green apples, smiling and crying on white.

The general link between food and mood comes as no surprise, since most of us have learned in experiments with our own bodies that loads of junk food usually means moodiness, lethargy and general discomfort. The Standard American Diet  is abbreviated SAD for good reason. It is filled with low-nutrient foods, such as processed white flours, sugars, and artificial ingredients. But now there’s more scientific proof validating the link between food and mood.

In this podcast, I’ll cover the following about nutrition and depression:

  • Nutrients and food patterns that help protect you from depression;
  • Nutrient deficiencies and food patterns that increase risks for depression and mood disorders;
  • How fruits and veggies impact mood;
  • Which dietary pattern seems to improve mood the most.

Some of the nutrients involved in mood and mental health include:

  • Folate (vitamin B-6)
  • Selenium
  • Vitamin D
  • Zinc
  • Omega-3 fatty acids
  • Protein

Switching to healthier foods is not a cure for all mood issues, but it is a sensible to promote good mental health and lower the risks of almost all other chronic diseases, too. As we discuss affordable health care in this country, it helps to remember that food can be potent medicine.
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Now, I want to hear from you. What helps you keep a healthy state of mind?

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