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Top 8 Foods To Fight Depression

25.02.2015

According to The World Health Organisation, depression is the leading cause of disease burden. With depression can come a feeling of worthlessness, guilt, poor concentration, loss of energy, a loss or increase in appetite and weight, disturbed sleep and anxiety.

 

 

 

When we think about the foods that make us feel calm, most of us think about typical comfort foods. However, there is a vast difference between the foods that we use as emotional anesthesia and foods that have physical calming properties.

Typical comfort foods such as chocolate, crisps and chips may bring a temporary sense of calm. But this is quickly over ridden with a feeling of regret. This behaviour is likely to leave you weighing more than is healthy and feeling low within yourself – ironically, the exact opposite effect you were aiming to achieve.

So what we want to equip you with is the knowledge of the foods that will actually leave you feeling calmer and brighter within yourself. They will do this due to their specific nutrients, or for the steady release in energy they will give you – leaving you feeling more balanced, clearer and able to achieve everything you want, and can, on a daily basis.

 

1. Asparagus   

Asparagus is high in folate, which is a fantastic nutrient when it comes to stabilising your mood.

2. Avocados   

Avocados are high in glutathione, lutein, beta-carotene, folate and Vitamins E and B – all properties that will help retain a clear thinking mind and boost mood. Avocados are high in monounsaturated fat, although this is a good fat, be aware that they need to be eaten in moderation.

3. Berries   

Blueberries are fantastically high in antioxidants – shown to improve cognition. Strawberries, blackberries and raspberries are rich in Vitamin C which have all been shown to enable us to better combat stress.

4. Cashews   

Cashews are high in zinc – research has found that zinc deficiency has been linked to heightened anxiety and depression. Interestingly, our bodies are unable to store zinc, which means that we need to ensure we have our daily recommended amount each day so that we don’t risk running low.

5. Garlic   

Garlic is a powerhouse when it comes to antioxidants. These antioxidants have been shown to neutralise free radicals within our bodies (particles that damage our cells, cause diseases and encourage aging). Depression, stress and anxiety can weaken our immune systems, which is why garlic is great at maintaining our immune system health and strength.

6. Oats   

Oats are a complex carbohydrate, causing your brain to produce serotonin (a feel-good chemical), quite simply!

7. Oranges   

Jam-packed with Vitamin C, oranges are a fantastic boost to your mood and as a bonus are incredibly convenient as they are totally portable – so no excuse!

8. Oysters   

A well-known aphrodisiac, oysters are also a brilliant source of zinc. Six oysters contain more than half of your recommended daily amount of this vital nutrient.

 

Happy munching!

 

4 simple stress stabilising foods..

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