In Today’s world there’s one emotion that almost everyone shares ” Stress”. There’s so much physical and emotional baggage that we have to carry that sometimes, dealing with so much pressure makes us fall into depression. Yes depression is very Common and it is not talked about as widely as it should. Anyone can suffer from depression, it is felt intensely by the sufferer and yet is invisible to the outside world. Like a weed it grows within you and eats away your happy spirit.
Any person can suffer from depression, even children and senior citizens, almost anyone. Many Remedies such as Yoga, anti depression pills etc are available to fight depression. But why pop in pills when you can actually eat your way to a healthy state of mind.
In Today’s article I will share with you foods that are very effective in Fighting depression. They are as follows :
1. Dark Leafy Greens
If you were to choose the healthiest food of all, the most nutrient-dense item available to us to eat, it would be dark, leafy greens, no contest. Spinach. Kale. Swiss chard. Greens are the first of the G-BOMBS (Greens, Beans, Onions, Mushrooms, Berries, Seeds).
Walnuts are one of the richest plant-based sources of omega-3 fatty acids and numerous studies have demonstrated how omega-3 fatty acids support brain function and reduce depression symptoms.
Avocados are power foods because, again, they contain healthy fat that your brain needs in order to run smoothly. Three-fourths of the calories of an avocado are from fat, mostly mono-saturated fat, in the form of oleic acid. An average avocado also contains 4 grams of protein, higher than other fruits and is filled with vitamin K, different kinds of vitamin B (B-9, B-6, and B-5), vitamin C, and vitamin E-12. Finally, they are low in sugar and high in dietary fiber, containing about 11 grams each.
Blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and blackberries are some of the highest antioxidant foods available to us. They are like DNA repairmen. They go around fixing your cells and preventing them from getting cancer and other illnesses.
Here are two good reasons mushrooms are good for your mental health. First, their chemical properties oppose insulin, which helps lower blood sugar levels, evening out your mood. They also are like a pro-biotic, in that they promote healthy gut bacteria. Since the nerve cells in our gut manufacture 80 percent to 90 percent of our body’s serotonin — the critical neurotransmitter that keeps us sane — we can’t afford to not pay attention to our intestinal health.
6. Green Tea
While it does contain caffeine, green tea also has an amino acid called theanine. Researchers at the University of Illinois say that in addition to protecting against some types of cancer, this slimming food is a brain booster as well, enhancing mental performance. Drink two cups each day.
Talk about comfort food! A complex carbohydrate, oatmeal causes your brain to produce serotonin, a feel-good chemical. Not only does serotonin have antioxidant properties, it also creates a soothing feeling that helps overcome stress. Studies have shown that kids who eat oatmeal for breakfast stay sharper throughout the morning.
Another vitamin C powerhouse, oranges have the added benefit of being totally portable. That tough skin keeps them protected while they’re bouncing around in your purse or backpack, meaning you can tote them anywhere. Experiment with all the varieties—clementines, tangelos, mineolas.
And you thought oysters were only good as aphrodisiacs! They belong here, too, because they’re the Godzilla of zinc: Six oysters, which is what you’d typically be served in a restaurant as an appetizer, have more than half the RDA for this important mineral. I think they’re best served on ice with nothing but a lemon wedge.
Like many plants, garlic is jam-packed with powerful antioxidants. These chemicals neutralize free radicals (particles that damage our cells, cause diseases, and encourage aging) and may reduce or even help prevent some of the damage the free radicals cause over time. Among the compounds in garlic is allicin, which has been linked to fending off heart disease, cancer, and even the common cold.
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