Five types of food to eat if you want to be keep your mind happy and depression at bay
Food and depression have a correlation.
1: oily fish, mackerel, sardines, herring salmon, pilchards, and trout and fresh tuna, flax seed/linseed and walnut oils, or take fish/krill/hemp seed oils.
2: Leafy vegetables, citrus fruits, beans (legumes).
3: protein rich foods such as meat, fish, beans and eggs.
4: Whole grains and natural sugars
5: Wheat, rye and barley if you are gluten intolerant
The oils in No 1 contain high levels of Omega 3 which feed the brain along with strengthen the heart and lower cholesterol.
Why are the Omega 3 (plus Omega 6 and 9) so important? the neurons are coated with a fatty sheath to contain the chemical electrical impulses, so they can fire correctly. The fatty sheath is made up of Omega 3, if your diet lacks these oils the neurons loose the protective sheaths and miss fire. You can compare this with the electricity wires in your home, they are covered by a rubber sheath! If this rubber sheath wears away it can cause sparks and hopefully your fuse switches off before a fire starts. so can you see why it is so important for you to have these oils in your diet?
The leafy vegetables in No 2 contain the necessary vitamin Bs: folic acid.
Protein rich food in No 3 contains serotonin, the ‘happy’ amino acid.
In No 4 white flour and white sugar products strip the vitamins and minerals out of your body, and affect your blood sugar levels which can give you mood swings. Get some chromium in your diet as this helps to stabilize your blood sugar (Broccoli has a very high level).
And for No 5 get yourself tested for celiac disease or gluten intolerance.
I know; I know I can just hear your say ‘What about my treats?’
OK: prepare in advance for your ‘treats’ so you do not impulse buy, get these while doing your weekly shopping so you have ‘good’ treats on hand.
Have cake and biscuits made with whole grains and honey, dark chocolate (not with artificial sweeteners) have organic ones with natural sugars.
For snacks, have nuts, fruit and dry biscuits made from whole meal flours with seeds.
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Beverley F Searle