Fighting Depression with Fruits and Vegetables
What is depression?
According to medical studies, depression is a mental health condition that affects our ability to live a healthy normal life which is based on our thoughts and behavior. Studies have also shown that one out of every ten Americans suffers from depression.
There are many types of depression, therefore we will only be looking at some general information pertaining to this topic and see what part fruits and vegetables play in all of this.
Signs of depression
These are some of the signs to look for to know if you or a loved one may be suffering from depression. Thoughts of suicide, problem sleeping, no desire for food or loss of appetite, some people also overeat, can’t seem to stop crying, always moody, having a desire to withdraw from everyone including loved ones, feelings of frustration, no motivation, not being productive, relying on medication and alcohol, always tired etc… we can go on and on, so we see that depression is very ugly and affects the lives of people in so many ways.
Medication and depression
There are many medications that have been used and is being used to fight depression, many of them I am sure that you have seen advertised on television. But amazing as it may seem, studies have also shown that a diet with fruits and vegetables may also play a part in helping
to bring depression under control. Now I know that this may be new to some of you, but it is worth taking a look at to see what we can use nature to help fight depression.
Word of Caution
Word of caution, this article is not suggesting that you discontinue doctors medication or treatment and rely on fruits and vegetables only, but to make fruits and vegetables a part of your diet while you are on doctors medication. Having a balanced diet will help contribute to your overall health.
Fruits and vegetables
Studies have shown that a diet consisting of fruits and vegetables goes a long way in helping to fight depression because fruits and vegetables are filled not only with vitamins but also with
antioxidants. Persons with a greater intake of antioxidants showed fewer signs of being depressed. Antioxidants are found in fruits and vegetables, these compounds
protect the cells from being damaged by free radicals that may lead to brain damage. Flavonoids are also found in fruits and vegetables. What studies have shown is that flavonoids contain anti-microbial and antihistamine that may increase memory and may also positively impact a person mood.
A lack of B vitamins in the diet is also connected to individuals suffering from depression, B vitamins can be found in eggs, meats, whole greens, legumes and green leafy vegetables.
Neurotransmitters are our brains messengers, controls our energy level, our moods, and our appetite, the health of the neurotransmitter is supported by vitamins and healing properties that are in organic meats, fish, bananas, spinach, kale, collard greens and other fruits and vegetables.
Fruits and vegetables that have these healing properties
Blueberries, strawberries, figs, melons, bananas, peaches, cantaloupe, oranges, kiwi, grapefruit, nuts, tomatoes, brussels sprout, spinach, bell peppers, green beans, beetroot, asparagus, carrots, apricots, sweet potatoes, potatoes, and pumpkins. These are just a few of the many that can really give you that boost that you need.
It is good not to overcook vegetables, they ought to have some firmness and some crunch left in them after cooking because overcooking can destroy vitamins and other healing agents or if you can, eating a lot of vegetables raw in salads is even better.
I am truly amazed by how beneficial fruits and vegetables are to our health and well- being, we cannot afford not to make them a part of our diet. So let’s take advantage and boost our health because by doing this we will be doing ourselves a favor by giving our bodies what it really needs.