What is it?
Depression is a state of mind and body where a person feels mentally and physically not up to the mark. It impairs performance, be it at work, home or in relationships. It is characterized by feelings of worthlessness, insomnia, lack of energy and self guilt. Research has shown that depression stems from physiological and biochemical imbalances in the body. 1 in 4 Americans suffers from this condition at some point in their life. Studies have shown that our diet has a major impact on the way we feel and this feeds depression.
Symptoms and Diagnoses
You may be diagnosed as clinically depressed if you have 5 of the following 8 symptoms and experience them for a month or longer.
- Decreased ability to concentrate and think
- Loss of interest in usual activities and decreased libido
- Hyperactivity or inactivity
- Feelings of fatigue and loss of energy
- Difficulty sleeping
- Diminished appetite with weight loss or increased appetite with weight gain
- Feelings of worthlessness and guilt
- Recurring thoughts of suicide or death
The food we eat has the most profound impact on the way we feel. Sugar has been found to be a major deciding factor in whether a person feels depressed. As the brain requires stable sugar levels, eating foods with sugary content causes the pancreas to secrete excess insulin which in turn pushes the blood sugar drastically low. To compensate this, an over production of adrenal hormone cortisol takes place and the brain’s neurotransmitter balance is also disturbed. Surprisingly, for a while sugary foods relieve the symptoms of depression but in the longer run cause energy levels to plummet and generate depression.
Another common cause of depression is Hypoglycemia, low or unstable blood sugar levels. If you suffer from this:
Stay away from sodas, too much caffeine and nicotine
- Avoid pasta, and white bread as both transform into sugar quickly
- Eliminate simple sugars such as alcohol, fruit juice and honey
Another major culprit is fried foods as they make the blood cells sticky which inhibits the generation of neurotransmitters in the brain. The outcome: aggravation in depression. Decrease consumption of fatty foods, hamburgers, cheese, whole milk and other fried foods.
Too much caffeine may bring about several symptoms of depression like head aches, irritability and nervousness. Low vitamin C levels also cause depression and nicotine (cigarettes) is known to deplete vitamin C as much as 25 mg with every cigarette. Smoking proves to be a very real cause of depression.
To produce positive results, adopt a low allergy diet. Try to remove allergens from your diet. To do this, remove all of these: Wheat, chocolate, milk, corn, soy (all associated with cerebral symptoms), cheese, alcohol, eggs, and citrus.
Remove the above foods for two weeks and check if you feel better. Than add them one at a time every two days and see if you develop a negative reaction. You might get some powerful cravings, don’t give in. We crave the foods we are allergic to. Foods that can be made a foundation for non allergen diet are:
- White fish
- Almonds, sunflower seeds or walnuts
- All non citrus fruits
- All vegetables except tomatoes and corn
- Brown rice, spelt, barley, millet
Strike a balance between proteins and complex carbohydrates. This is will have a positive impact on the production neurotransmitters.
- When you are feeling agitated, eating complex carbohydrates like beans, brown rice and vegetables will help you feel better by calming you down.
- Protein supports the production of dopamine and norepinephrine which will make you feel more alert.
- As a rule, you should eat more complex carbohydrates if you are feeling nervous and need to relax, while eat more proteins if you are tired and need to be alert.
It is a natural treatment for several problems. Drink enough water a day to hydrate yourself and revitalize your mind and body. Normal bottled or distilled water is good but is sometimes deficient in nutrients and contains exogenous impurities. Alkaline Ionized water is six times more hydrating than normal water, gets absorbed by cells quickly. It acts as power natural anti oxidant. It is negatively charged and prevents the body from free radical damage. It has also been found to clear up the mind and calm all main symptoms of depression. It can be easily obtained from a water ionizing machine.