Depression and Anxiety are not just states of the mind that can be easily changed overnight. Depression, in particular, may arise from other conditions and as a result responds well to both medication and counselling but the role of folate and other nutrients are also under investigation for treatment.
Have you ever stopped to think how your diet may impact your mental health? Recent studies are indicating that diet may influence mood in several ways. Certain amino acids and other nutrients act as cofactors in the production of neurotransmitters. Dietary carbohydrates and protein influence the rate at which neurotransmitters enter the central nervous system from the blood. Caffeine and alcohol (as I am sure we are all aware) have a big influence on the nervous system.
Coping with Depression or Anxiety can be a challenge and often requires making lifestyle changes…..have you considered your diet in those changes to help make a difference to your general mood or sense of well-being? While they are no substitute for counselling here are some helpful tips:
- Eat a breakfast that includes some protein
- Eat complex carbohydrates
- Drink plenty of water
- Limit or avoid alcohol
- Pay attention to food sensitivities
- Try to eat healthy, balanced meals.