The Relationship between Depression & Food

26 Jan The Relationship between Depression & Food

foodanddepressionDepression can affect individuals of all ages and can be hard to predict and understand. If you or a loved one is suffering from depression, it can be hard to know what to do to help. Pharmaceutical treatment can lead to a wide host of negative side effects. Diet can support your brain chemistry, whether or not you are on pharmaceutical treatments for depression.

  • certain foods contain precursors for neurotransmitters that can help to balance them out
  • processed foods can have a negative impact on brain health and affect your neurological biochemistry
  • alcohol can exacerbate symptoms of depression
  • eating a whole-foods based diet is the best first step you can take towards eating for optimal brain chemistry

Naturopathic care, including a hands on nutritionist, can be very helpful for people dealing with depression. Stress management, relationships, self-care, sleep, and a proper diet are integral components to battling depression. Changing your diet is a great way to take your health into your own hands and show self-love to help overcome depression.

Our nutritionist offers in-office nutritional counseling visits, meal planning packages, grocery store visits, and pantry clean outs, all of which target different areas of your nutrition to help you implement dietary changes that can help you, as an individual, reach optimal health.

Carina Parikh, MScN, MSiMR is the nutritionist at Holistic Wellness. She holds a Master of Science in Nutrition and a Master of Science in Integrative Medicine Research.