The proof is in!
In a recent study, BMC Journal found that people who eat more plant foods, such as vegetables, fruits and lean proteins, including fish, have a lower incidence of depression. Those who consume more processed foods and sugar had a higher incidence of depression. This study shows that our brains respond to what we are putting into our bodies and that we are able to change our brain chemistry through what we eat. Everything you put on the end of your fork matters if you want to win the war for the health of your brain and body.
For example, studies have shown that your body works better if you eat nine servings of fruit and vegetables a day. In addition, it’s essential to your lifestyle to steer away from toxic foods.
Did you know that fast foods can actually change the chemistry and function of your brain? Fast food may be convenient. However, a fast food live leads to a fast food mind. You deserve more.
Depression and your serotonin levels
If you’ve been feeling depressed, start by overhauling your diet.
Food has influence over six major neurotransmitters in the brain, serotonin being one of them. Low serotonin levels are often a common cause of depression and anxiety. Often the diets of those with low serotonin levels crave carbohydrate rich foods such as pasta, bread, and sugar-filled chocolate. Carbohydrates raise serotonin levels and temporarily increase feelings of well-being. However, the blood sugar crash that follows will leave you feeling even more blue, and craving more sugar. And the weight gain that is sure to happen has a negative impact on brain function and mood as well.
Add these twelve smart carbohydrates to your diet to boost serotonin and lower your levels of depression:
- Salad Greens
- Red bell peppers
- Sweet potatoes
Exercise and smart carbs like these just listed can make a big difference in your mood, mind, and body. In addition, help you treat depression without dependence on medication. In my cookbook, The Brain Warrior’s Way, I go over ways to treat depression and heal anxiety through food. I invite you to check it out here.