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Cures for Diet Related Depression

Aug 30, 2008
When someone is depressed it is difficult to locate one cause for the problem because it may be multi fold.

Depression occurs when something is affecting the neurotransmitters in our brain that makes us feel good. Clinical depression is more severe than just feeling down. A doctor or other professional can diagnose clinical depression. Your diet can affect your mood and deficiencies in certain nutrients can lead to depression. A change in your diet could be your depression cure. Professional to determine what vitamins or minerals you are lacking can use your symptoms and blood level essays.

Fad diets why they are bad is because they do not deliver the nutrients your body needs to stay healthy and feel good. Dieting like this could be linked with depression. Fad diets should be avoided.

Nutritional deficiencies have been linked to depression. A 'junk food' diet consisting of too many carbohydrates and certain sugars can lead to depression. On the other hand these foods give us short boosts of serotonin (one of the neurotransmitters in depression). This short boost of energy however, will lead to a crash. It can become an addictive cycle and this makes depression worse. You can become addicted to sweets for example, because you are trying to make yourself feel better. A lose-lose situation.

Magnesium deficiency can affect your mood and contribute to depression and anxiety. Magnesium deficiencies can cause physical symptoms as well including heart palpitations, migraines, fibromyalgia, and TMJ (Tempo mandibular joint disorder).

Depression has been linked to deficiencies in omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin B, vitamin C, zinc, and tryptophan. Vitamin D has also been linked to depression. Other essential vitamins and minerals linked with depression include calcium, niacin, biotin, iodine, potassium and manganese.

Vitamin B supplements have been used to treat depression symptoms. These include vitaminB-1 (thiamine), B-6 (pyridoxine), B-12 and folic acid. Other supplements that can be used to with depression are SamE, Tyrosine, GABA, omega3 fatty acids, Lethicin, Calcium and Zinc.

Supplements may be a way toward your depression cure, but where do you start? Supplements can be dangerous if you do not use them correctly. You can start with a good multivitamin that contains essential vitamins and minerals.

Supplements may not be necessary; you may just need to change your diet. Eat a well balanced diet including adequate amounts of fruits, vegetables, dairy products, protein and fats. Your protein source should contain fresh water fish, not seafood, a couple times a week. You can get the omega-3 fatty acids from fish.

Eating all natural foods has been suggested for treating depression. All natural foods have no additives or preservatives, often called organic foods. Many Co-op shops carry all natural foods. Some big grocery chains have natural food selections.

Another dietary hint is not to eat protein, or eat very little protein, with your carbohydrates. Carbohydrates increase the serotonin level in the brain. Eat three meals a day and incorporate snacks in between them. This will keep your energy up and help fight depression. Eating more protein from meat and less carbohydrates
has been shown to help.

In our busy lives it is hard to eat healthy because it is easier to grab junk food or fast food, when you are on the run. To eat a well balanced diet you need to prepare ahead of time. Pack healthy snacks and bring water with you. Try to drink eight to ten glasses of water for adequate hydration and fluid balance as well as flushing out body toxins.

Exercise has been shown to elevate mood. Try to incorporate exercise in to your lifestyle at least three times a week. Make exercise fun; include your family or a friend in your activity. Walking the dog for twenty minutes is all you may need to do. Exercise does make you feel better and you will come to look forward to it. Join a public gym or take exercise classes. Just getting out to exercise and being among people may be your depression cure.

Talk to your doctor and a dietician before starting any dietary supplement program. Study what supplements can do and make sure you buy them from a good source. Ask questions at nutritional stores. Eating healthy may be all you need. If your depression does not get better, you should seek psychiatric help.
About the Author
John Hubert is the author of The Depression Cure ebook.
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