Diet for Depression

Diet plays an important role in depression. In depression one’ss energy levels are low and one does not feel like eating anything. This causes further reduction in energy levels. One tends to neglect diet and there is considerable weight loss.  There is no enthusiasm or motivation to eat anything and neither any thrill in having a tasty meal. Everything is morose and depressing.

Depression leads to poor dietary habits.  One loses out on a lot of vitamins and minerals and this could have adverse effect on health.  The dietary habits change and they eat food that would add pounds to their weight such as chocolates.  Good social support is required to make people suffering from depression eat. The elderly are at a risk.  Some of them are live alone.

A depressed person also has to eat.  He should eat the right kind of food, which will keep up his energy levels and check the weight loss. What should be eat?

Tips for Diet for Depression

  • There is a deficiency of serotonin among depressed people. Carbohydrates increase brain’ss production of serotonin. Depressed consume chocolates or eat foods high in carbohydrates unconsciously.  A diet high in carbohydrates does help them to recover
  • Depressed people face deficiency in the B complex vitamins especially folic acid, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin and B6. This is due to poor diet.  Excessive alcohol further aggravates the condition. A good diet helps. Supplements can also be taken such as multiple vitamin tablets
  • Alcohol is bad for depression. A depressed person turns to alcohol as he feels it will solve his or her problems. This is a misconception. It is better to avoid alcohol completely if you are suffering from depression
  • Although fat is not good for heart disease some fats are helpful in depression, that is in mental health. It is good to take polyunsaturated fats. Omega- 3 fatty acids are good
  • Caffeine helps to increase energy levels and is helpful for depressed people who lose out on energy. It stimulates the nervous system and in fact keeps you from getting a good night rest. In fact it can prove negative to a depressed person.  He or she may not get a deep, restful sleep. Caffeine can also increase the anxiety levels. Anxiety and depression go hand in hand
  • A deficiency in Vitamin B 1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B 12 also causes depression
  • Lack of biotin aggravates the condition
  • Deficiency in Vitamin C also results in depression
  • Less Folic Acid is bad for the person suffering from depression

Diet does influence depression.  Any deficiency can cause further depression and a proper diet can alleviate the condition. A depressed person finds it difficult to maintain regular dietary habits, but he or she has to be encouraged to eat properly. Physical health will also deteriorate along with  mental health if  diet is neglected.