Depression can cause bad eating habits and generate a tendency to use products such as refined foods ( sweets, chocolates, ice cream, and others ) that have almost zero nutritional levels.

The foods rich in saturated fat , such as sausages are also part of this bad habit used by people suffering from depression, as a way to calm this state of constant anxiety, there is a penchant for consumption of refined foods.

Refined foods and depression

If you are battling depression, your eating habits will often suffer negatively if you don’t do something to prevent it. Since one of the inclinations of most people who suffer from depression is to overeat and thus gain weight, falsely believing that these refined foods and sugars can help lift the mood.

Contrary to what the person affected with depression may suppose, the regular consumption of these foods can aggravate their condition and also cause a nutritional imbalance and health problems derived from a poor diet, causing the patient to enter a kind of circle vicious. It is not easy to modify these harmful behaviors and habits, neither for those who suffer from it nor for those around the person affected with depression.

Tips for a proper diet

When you have too much desire to eat something sweet, dried sweet fruits, honey and molasses, with the best and healthiest options, in addition to sugar, contain various vitamins and minerals.

What foods is recommended to consume

  • Avena . The oatmeal has a toning effect and balance yourself of the nervous system, providing an ideal content to treat states of anxiety and depression.
  • Wheat germ . Its vitamins help balance the nervous system which brings direct help for people suffering from depression.
  • Bean, almond, walnut, Brazil nut, cashew, pine nut . Nuts and seeds contain substances that help treat the symptoms of depression, for example they have tryptophan, which is a substance that directly intervenes in the secretion of serotonin, which is responsible for the feeling of well-being that we experience.
  • Avocado or avocado , beer yeast , Royal jelly. Natural foods containing vitamins B1, B2 and C, folates and iron are also recommended.

Foods not recommended if you suffer from depression

Foods to be eliminated or completely removed:

Refined white sugar , Saturated Fat contained in foods of animal origin such as butter, whole milk, ice cream, cream, fatty meats, sausages and others, Stimulating drinks (coffee, tea, mate, etc.) and Alcoholic Beverages of any kind.

You may also be interested in reading How to help your partner if he suffers from depression.

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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