Did you know that depression is one of the most rampant mental health disorders in the United States? 1 out of 10 Americans are known to be suffering from this condition and worldwide, about 300 million people are burdened by this ailment. What they don’t know is that this mental health disorder can be treated. No person is to be depressed any longer unless he or she chooses to be.
“Depression is different from passing sadness or temporary frustration with life’s issues. There are number of common signs for depression and they tend to be persistent.” Kurt Smith, Psy.D., LMFT, LPCC, AFC said. However, there are many ways to manage depressive moods. A person can opt for therapy the traditional way or through an online counseling service site like BetterHelp. The latter is very progressive and truly convenient since you don’t have to go to the therapist’s office. Appointments are not needed, as well. All you must do is log in and talk to your therapist anytime and anywhere. Counselors are well-trained and with certification plus they are available all day, every day.
Anyway, you can also beat this depression problem right at your own home. There are foods that you can eat which helps in making you feel happy all throughout the day. All you must do is eat these foods every day so that you won’t have to feel extremely sad all the time.
Green and Leafy Veggies
These foods are not called “superfoods” for nothing. It can pick you up, keep your brain smart and put a smile on your face. Foods like spinach, kale, Romaine lettuce, green leaf lettuce and Swiss chards are some of the green and leafy veggies that can prevent you from feeling overly sad. It can lessen the inflammation in your brain that makes you feel bad.
For those who love walnuts, it is beneficial for your brain as it increases the function process and eliminates depression too. Its main content which is Omega-3 fatty acids was reported by scientists to tap into the brain’s neurotransmitters. “Eat a healthful diet, that is low in fat, high in fiber, and rich in vitamins and minerals. Specific dietary factors that may be beneficial in depression are the B-complex vitamins (found in whole grains) and omega-3 fatty acids (found in cold-water fish, fish oil, and flax seeds),” says ADAA member Stephanie Kriesberg, PsyD. Reports show that people with psychiatric disorders are usually low on Omega-3 fatty acids nutrient. So, load up on walnuts to avoid feelings of sadness.
This is another “fatty” food that can kick your sadness away. Avocado is filled with MUFAs or monounsaturated fatty acids and it can regulate blood flow to the brain. When the brain has consistent and regular blood flow, it will work well and that means, NO to mental health illnesses. Staci Lee Schnell, MS, CS, LMFT says, “Depression rates are higher among those with a Vitamin D deficiency. Fatty fish like salmon and tuna have the most naturally occurring Vitamin D.”
All types of berries like blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, and raspberries, among many other varieties, are perfect for those who are always feeling “under the weather”. Well, you don’t have to be. When you are treading the “sadness road”, look for these high in antioxidants fruits and eat a cup. It will not only zap the free radicals in your body, it will also lower your depression levels.
Are you fond of mushrooms? These foods may look dry and yucky, but its health benefits outweigh its weird appearance. It has a chemical composition that regulates insulin production. This will naturally lessen your blood glucose levels and that will also normalize your moods and feelings.
There are many other foods that can beat depression like apples, onions, tomatoes, beans (black beans, white beans, red beans and green beans), and seeds like chia seeds, hemp seeds, and sunflower seeds. These foods can also help with your mental state.
You also have to stay away from foods that can promote brain inflammation which aids in the development of depression, like junk foods, processed meats, fast foods and sugary treats.