5 Natural Ways to Prevent Depression

Now usually my posts are solely about food however a fellow blogger asked if I would give some tips on foods that cause or help lower depression. This got me thinking so after a little research I thought Id give you my findings.

Most people have experienced depression in some way. However if these feelings become more severe or are prolonged progressing to fatigue, lack of interest in ordinary day to day things, low self esteem, hopelessness, low sex drive and decreased productivity it is maybe a sign that you should seek help. Modern psychiatry focuses on changing brain chemistry through drugs to eliminate depression. However there are also ways to change your diet and lifestyle which can help address many of the factors that contribute to depression.

Diet and lifestyle tricks to help to decrease depression:

Reduce your intake of refined carbohydrates  – The brain prefers sugar as its source or energy. However when you eat refined sugar or carbs the blood sugars tend to rise and fall quickly this will lead to low blood sugar. Low blood sugar can lead to depression, anxiety, irritability and headaches. Examples of refined grain products include pastries, pretzels, plain bagels, bread crumbs, corn flakes, white bread, white sandwich buns and rolls and white rice.

Increase your intake of omega-3 oils – Omega-3 oils are an important component of the membranes of nerve cells. It is important to support the health of nerve cells so that your brain functions “normally”. Omega-3 oils are found in nuts, seeds and oily fish

Decrease your intake of alcohol and caffeine – Although sometimes when down in the dumps or depressed we reach for a glass of wine this will not help. Alcohol is a major toxin which functions as a brain depressant. Caffeine is technically a stimulant, but has been linked in several studies to depression. The effect of caffeine is worse when combined with sugar.

Increase your exercise – Exercise releases endorphins plain and simple. The natural endorphins released during exercise have a mood lifting effect.

Increase your intake in vegetable and/or take vitamin supplements – Depressed people are often deficient in vitamins and minerals, including Vitamin B6, B12, folic acid and iron. These vitamins are important for making and processing neurotransmitters in the body. The levels of these vitamins may be low due to hormone or birth control pills, excessive stress, or low levels of stomach acid, which can cause decreased absorption of vitamins and minerals.

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. About Depression
    Oct 23, 2012 @ 13:09:18

    Looking good!! Please check mine too!

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