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Foods To Beat Depression

Introduction

Are you currently suffering from depression? Have you tried everything? Are you looking for something new? Have you tried altering your diet? According to Bass (2016), “A number of lifestyle factors can contribute to depression, but one that’s often overlooked is what you put in your mouth. “Diet plays a huge role in depression,” says Shawn Talbott, PhD, a nutritional biochemist and author of Vigor: 7 Days to Unlimited Energy, Focus, and Well-Being.” If you’re interested in changing your diet to help alleviate your symptoms associated with depression continue reading this article.

Turkey

One of the best ways to alleviate your symptoms associated with depression is to eat protein, specifically turkey. According to Bass (2016), “Looking for an alternative depression treatment? Most lean sources of protein are good for beating depression, but turkey has the edge due to its relatively higher levels of a chemical called tryptophan. “Turkey is the best food we know of because of its tryptophan content,” says Robin H-C, a life coach, behaviorist, and author of Thinking Your Way to Happy! “This chemical stimulates serotonin production, which is a natural feel-good chemical your body produces.” Hence, consider adding turkey to your diet due to its supply of trytophan.

Low Fat Dairy Products

In addition to turkey, another important way to alleviate depression is through low fat dairy products. According to Bass (2016), “Skim milk, yogurt, low-fat cheeses, and other dairy products are rich in calcium, vitamin D, and protein. These are great for your body for many reasons, including fighting depression. “Low-fat dairy is the richest dietary source of two powerhouse nutrients, calcium and vitamin D, as well as specific peptides (proteins) that induce a sense of well-being and relaxation,” says Talbott.” Hence, dairy products such as skim milk, low-fat cheeses, and other dairy products rich in calcium, vitamin D, and protein can help promote a sense of well-being and relaxation to eliminate symptoms of depression.

Conclusion

With that said, diet is an integral part of eliminating symptoms associated with depression, specifically turkey and low fat dairy products. Turkey contains trytophan, which stimulates serotonin, a feel-good chemical that the body produces. Low fat dairy products such as skim milk, low-fat cheeses, and other dairy products rich in calcium, vitamin D, and protein can help a person with depression maintain a sense of well-being and relaxation. Consider adding turkey and low fat dairy products to your diet to eliminate depression.

Foods To Beat Depression


Lauren Walters

My name is Lauren Walters. I am currently heading into my final semester of graduate school for Mental Health Counseling in the Spring of 2016. Through my own experiences with mental illness, I love to inspire others through my writings and reassure them that they can live healthy, productive lives, despite mental illness. I hope you enjoy my articles. Feel free to comment. I will be sure to respond to you questions and/or comments in a prompt manner. Enjoy!


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APA Reference
Walters, L. (2016). Foods To Beat Depression. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 21, 2019, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/coping-depression/2016/03/foods-to-beat-depression/

 

Last updated: 28 Mar 2016
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