If you feed your body what it needs to survive, it can sustain a much happier outlook than when it’s continually craving something it’s not getting. If you tend to feel depressed, you may want to discuss with your healthcare practitioner the research behind the following five minerals.
As a trace mineral, chromium is really only needed in small amounts, however if you don’t regularly eat foods like broccoli, potatoes or turkey, chances are you aren’t getting enough. Without chromium, your brain produces lower than normal levels of serotonin, melatonin and norepinephrine, lessening its ability to stabilize moods and emotions
Read more here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12559660)
Iron is an essential mineral for most of the things the body does. Including oxygen transportation, boosting muscle strength and upping energy levels, not having enough leads to fatigue, apathy and depression. Find it in foods like soybeans, lentils and beef ribey.
Like iron, zinc is found in virtually every part of the body and aids in protecting the immune system. Because of this, low levels of zinc hurt the appetite which can lead to depression. By having enough zinc, your body gains an improved antidepressant response. Check out pumpkin seeds, cashews and Swiss cheese for zinc
Read more here: http://psychiatry-research-eg.com/texts/ins/HQ2010-10438.pdf
Playing well over 300 different roles in the body, magnesium is a mineral rock star. Missing out on magnesium results in irritability, mental confusion, fatigue and high stress levels. Make sure you get enough to up your levels of serotonin to bolster happiness. Foods like spinach and edamame are loaded with it
Read more here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23950577
As the most common mineral in the body, potassium makes up about 70% of the positive ions within the cells. Without it, you may become lethargic, depressed, suffer from mood swings and exhibit signs of psychosis. The most well-known food to stock up on your recommended daily dose are bananas.
Coupled with effective cognitive-behavioral skills, such as managing your perspective, these minerals are worth investigating, testing for deficiency and supplementing, with the help of your healthcare practitioner.
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