Help with Depression

It has been well documented for many years, about how eating can have a direct impact on the way we feel. Experts agree we mustn’t skip breakfast as breakfast sets us up for the day and provides the body with energy to help manage depression.

As much as we don’t always have the time to sit down and eat, it’s important we don’t skip meals. We must also ideally aim to eat at least every 3-4 hours. That way we keep our mood and blood sugars stable.

We must slow down whilst eating and pay attention to the full eating experience. Eating slowly helps with digestion problems. Below is a list of helpful tips that may go some way to help manage depression.

A lack of vitamin B also has an impact on Depression. Deficiencies in vitamins, such as B-12 and folic acid could also be major factors, so taking a B-supplement should help. Include some leafy greens, chicken, eggs, beans and citrus fruits.

Omega 3 fatty acids play an essential role in Depression, as they contain fats called EPA and DHA, which contribute to boosting our mood. Good food sources include salmon, mackerel, herring, sardines, anchovies, or fish oil supplements.

Seafood is also recommended, but while some worry about the mercury content, others worry about toxins. Most experts agree though, that eating a minimum of 2 portions of fatty fish a week, can outweigh the risks.

5 Jul, 2010

4 thoughts on “Help with Depression

  1. Growing up all our family was there for dinner always. I think that is very important for the family unit and to feel that one belongs.

    That helps make one feel that they are a part of something and that they are important in some way. Only when one is isolated does depression tend to creep in. That is the way I found it.

    1. Randy that certainly does help, but in my case it didn’t work for me. We sat down to dinner every night, but that didn’t make us close.

      Emotional stability helps build the strong foundations of a good family unit. But family must pull and work together and be team players.

      Sadly sitting down to dinner doesn’t make a family, but ones reactions to each other does. It is important families are there for each other.

  2. I agree with everything you have posted. especially eating breakfast. Its very important to eat a good healthy breakfast to give you that lift in the morning and set the pace for the rest of the day.

    Breakfast should be the biggest meal of the day. A doctor told me once that you should eat like a king for breakfast, a queen for lunch and a pauper for dinner. You should also wait to eat 1 hour after rising. This helps with digestion.

    Also having meals with family involvement, not just to eat together is very good for depression and digestion. Good post Ilana.

    1. I haven’t heard those particular sayings from your doctor, but very wise words. Thanks for posting Lisa.

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