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.