Research suggests the answer is YES.
Apparently, diet and depression go hand in hand. Those who suffer from depression should avoid processed foods at all cost. Instead, choosing whole foods. And should forgo caffeinated and sugary drinks.
Globally about 300 million people suffer from depression. Most keep it to themselves. Researchers and the Australian Institute conducted a study on the topic at Deakin University in Victoria, Australia.
They found out that just by changing one’s diet to a healthier one about 30% of the test subjects had gone into remission. Those that should the best results were the ones that improved their diet the most.
The link between what we consume and depression makes sense as food influences energy levels and our moods. With many people consuming processed foods on a daily, they are also taking in high amounts of processed sugars. The energy spike in these foods does not last long and only provide empty calories.
Another study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry compared a diet rich in whole foods vs. process foods also came up with the same results. The higher the amount of processed foods consumed equated to the increased risk of depression.
Whole foods are foods that have all their nutrients intact and don’t contain additives. Processed foods, on the other hand, are foods that have additives and more often than not have lost some of their nutritional value as they have been altered or processed.
Some tips that will help elevate your mood and perhaps keep depression away are:
Get in those Omega-3s, Magnesium and those B vitamins; they are essential for maintaining brain health.
Don’t skip meals as when you do; you lower your blood sugar. Your brain requires blood sugar and uses more of it as compared to the rest of your body.
Most importantly, Exercise.