Depression is a serious disorder, probably caused by disturbance in brain chemistry. It can strike out of the blue- for afew of the more fortunate sufferers- can disappear just as mysteriously. Many sufferers can benefit from medications to lift heir mood. One of the classic signs ofdepression is a dramatic change in eating paterns.. Some people lose all desire to eat; others develop voracious appetites, especially for carbohydrates. People with depression typically have little energy. Other common signs include an unshakable feeling of sadness, inability to experience pleasure, early awakening or multiple awakenings throughout the night, insomnia,excessive sleepiness, other sleep disorders, inability to concentrate, and indecisiveness. Feeling of worthlessness or guilt may be accompanied by recurrent thoughts of death. Anyone who has some or all these symptoms nearly everyday for more than 2 weeks may be sufering from major depression.
People with depression often fail to take care of themselves, neglecting their appearence and eating irregularly. Nutritious food is needed to cope with any disease, but unfortunately, depressed people are especially likely to be careless about their nutrition. The resulting poor nourishment may impede recovery.
Eating right foods can actually help to stabilise the mood.
Eat a diet that emphasises carbohydrates : Meals that are especially rich in carbohydrates have been associated with a calming, relaxd effect. These foods allow the amino acid tryptophan to reach the brain where it is then used to make serotonin. Feel-god food choices include pasta, breads, grains, cereals, fruits and juices.
Limit sugar consumption: When some sugar sensitive people eat large quantities of sweets, they may experience an energetic "high" followed by a "low" with weakness and jitters when the sugar is metabolized.
Get a lot more of these B vitamins: Vitamins B6, B12, and folate, all may help certain forms of depression. Vitamin B6 has been hown to provide some relief to women suffering from PMS-related depression. B6 sources are meat, fish, poultry, whole grains, bananas, and potatoes. Researches have shown that people suffering from depression are deficient in folate and B12. Folate is found in green leafy vegetables, orange juice, lentils, corn, asparagus, peas, nuts and seeds. B12 is found in all animal foods and fortified soy and rice beverages.
Turn to tryptophan: Particular amino acid is needed to make the mood-critical neurotransmiter. Tryptophan can help induce sleep and may play a role in certain kinds of depression. Fortunately, you can have tryptophan from foods. Good amounts of amino acid are found in almonds, pumpkin seeds, and watercress.
Alcohol should be avoided altogether. Caffeine, which can interfere with sleep and mood should be limited. Avoid foods and drinks that contains tyramine.