Depression is becoming increasingly prevalent with aspects like the hectic daily grind, unhappy relationships and unsatisfying jobs being faced by large numbers. While medication and counselling is the very first step to beating depression, diet can also prove to be of peripheral help. The right foods can help counter depression and protect one's mental health which Shikha Mahajan, Holistic Nutritionist and Founder of Diet Podium shared her expertise on and enlightened IANS about.
Walnuts have the edge when it comes to curing the symptoms of depression because they are one of the finest plant-based sources of omega-3 fatty acid acids. These fatty acids in walnuts help to maintain overall brain health.
2. Whole Grains
Complex and high-fiber carbohydrates help to improve the mood rapidly. This includes whole grains such as brown rice, barley, sweet potatoes and amaranth. They assist the body in releasing serotonin, which is a feel-good hormone.
If one is feeling depressed, this wonderful spice found in several Indian and other Asian dishes is an excellent way to boost your mood, among its many other healing, anti-inflammatory benefits.
4. Green Tea
Green tea's depression countering qualities can be traced to an amino acid called theanine. Naturally present in tea leaves, it gives an anti-stress relaxation benefit to those who consume tea.
5. Low-Fat Dairy Products
Low-fat dairy products such as skimmed milk, yogurt, low-fat paneer and other dairy products are high in powerhouse nutrients like calcium and vitamin D as well as protein. They are good for your body for various reasons, including countering depression as their specific peptides (proteins) that brings a sense of well-being and relaxation.
With inputs from IANS