Depression continues to be a perplexing and complicated arena and exact causes are not fully understood. But with increasing research and understanding, it is very clear that nutrition plays a critical role.
Chemical imbalances in the brain can be triggered by nutrient deficiencies from a poor diet, too much sugar, alcohol, aspartame (NutraSweet and Equal) and even possibly too many grains in the diet. There are also a number of chemical additives put in our processed and fast foods which may also trigger depression including monosodium glutamate, Acesulfame-K, sodium nitrate, and some food dyes, just to name a few.
Recent studies are pointing to a connection between insulin resistance and Type 2 Diabetes with depression. This is to suggest that diets high in sugar and rapidly digesting carbohydrates like potatoes, sugars and processed breads and cereals are not only wreaking havoc with our insulin function but are also triggering depression.
So nutritionally, what can you do to ward off depression? Here at TWIHW we would suggest considering a diet that includes plenty of fresh vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds along with quality protein and undamaged fats. Omega 3 fatty acids and vitamin D are both important nutrients in the treatment and prevention of depression so including foods in your diet such as salmon, scallops, tuna, eggs, flaxseed, walnuts, cauliflower, cabbage, kale, mushrooms and Brussels sprouts can be very supportive. Avoiding or limiting alcohol and sugar as well as processed grains and fast food would also be wise steps.
Eating whole, real, unprocessed food the way it occurs in nature remains a tried and true way to good health.