Fighting Depression With Food
by Jen Aguirre
Proper food combination is essential to ensure the body is getting the necessary
nutrients needed in order to ward off the effects of stress, depression, anxiety and
illness in general. In addition to proper food combination, ensuring you get plenty of
sleep is vital to your body's ability to cope with anxiety and depression as well as to
recover from it.

With adequate sleep and proper nutrition, we will have a better chance of staving off
illness, combating depression and anxiety and will feel better overall. Ingesting the
following foods can get you on the right track to maintaining your health and
preventing adverse health conditions as a result of prolonged depression or anxiety.

Protein

Lean protein sources, such as beans and chicken trigger the brain to produce
neurotransmitters such as norepinephrine and dopamine. These neurotransmitters
are responsible for mood regulation and stabilization. They play a key role in behavior
as well, responsible for making a person feel motivated to be proactive. Including a
lean source of protein with every meal will ensure you get a steady production of
these important neurotransmitters.

Magnesium

Magnesium is essential for muscle contraction, as well as being a natural muscle
relaxer. Because the body suffers adverse effects from chronic depression, the body
is more prone to develop high blood pressure. Proper amounts of magnesium in the
diet can reduce the risk of adverse effects such as high blood pressure and chronic
muscle spasms. Foods such as green, leafy vegetables, nuts and whole grains are
abundant in magnesium.

Fish

Fish such as salmon and albacore tuna contain high levels of Omega 3 and Omega 6.
These essential fatty acids are necessary to ensure proper nerve cell communication.
Good mental health is based on this nerve cell communication; when there is a
deficiency of Omega 3 and Omega 6, depression symptoms can kick in due to
weakened neurotransmitter production. You can also find abundant sources of
Omega 3 in flax and sunflower seeds.

Complex Carbohydrates

In the world of weight loss, carbs are a dieter's nemesis. In reality, carbs are a vital
component to serotonin production. Proper serotonin levels ensure mood regulation
and less propensity to feel "down" or "blue." Elevated serotonin levels are also
important in alleviating the symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD. Good
sources of complex carbohydrates are oatmeal, whole grain bread and pasta and
brown rice.

The holiday season is usually prime time for depression and anxiety to flourish. With
less sunlight during the winter months and holiday stress, it is more important than
ever to nourish our bodies with the proper nutrients to keep these ailments at bay.
Eating a well-balanced, whole-foods diet will help keep your body running strong all
year long!


About The Author

Jenn Aguirre is a ' ' trainer. Jenn Aguirre has also helped hundreds of
men and women lose weight in her
.
With the holidays upon us and
financial woes affecting more people
than ever, it is no wonder we are
tired, stressed out, depressed and
restless. With more and more people
losing health benefits at their jobs,
more focus is being put on
preventative measures to combat
symptoms of depression, anxiety and
overall illness. One measure we can
take to combat depression and
anxiety is by eating a well-balanced,
nutrient-rich diet.

It is no longer enough just to cut out
the sugar or trans-fat from our diets.
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