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I love the subject of food! What we eat is the very foundation for our physical and mental health!
Any other remedies or strategies we use are only going to be more effective if we are eating foods that help, not harm us.
Foods that help with anxiety and depression will include many foods that you already love.
Quality Animal Protein
- Red meat such as beef, lamb, bison, and wild game
- poultry and eggs
- wild fish (such as sole, salmon, sardines, and pilchards)
- shrimp, mussels, oysters
- whey protein powder
Why is it good for anxiety and depression?
Protein is made up of amino acids. There are 20 different amino acids your body needs in order to function properly. The easiest way to make sure you get all 20 is to eat foods that are considered complete proteins.
Meat, poultry, fish, eggs, and dairy are all complete proteins. You can also combine rice and beans to make a complete protein.
Eating any type of protein raises the amino acids in your bloodstream and in turn your brain. One of these is tryptophan from which your body makes serotonin. Serotonin helps you feel calm, creative, and productive.
For all these reasons and many more, it’s good to start your day with protein and eat some protein throughout the day.
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- Artichokes, asparagus, avocado
- bell peppers, bok choy
- carrots, celery, cilantro, cucumber
- cruciferous vegetables: broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, and cauliflower
- garlic, ginger, green beans
- green leafy vegetables: arugula, beet greens, chard, collard greens, kale, lettuce, mixed baby greens, mustard greens, spinach
- sweet peas
- summer squash: crookneck, pattypans, zucchini
- tomatoes, turnips
- water chestnuts
- winter squash: butternut, pumpkin
Why do vegetables help with anxiety and depression?
Let’s just say that we benefit physically, mentally, and emotionally when we have a balance of minerals in our bodies.
Vegetables contain calcium, magnesium, and potassium which are important for thousands of bodily functions including our heart. They contain zinc and B vitamins which help our bodies make serotonin which in turn is so important for feelings of calm and well-being.
- Apples, apricots
- bananas, blackberries, blueberries
- cantaloupe, cherries, cranberries
- grapefruit, grapes
- mangoes, melon
- papayas, peaches, pears, pineapple, plums
I don’t eat a lot of fruit because sugar makes me feel depressed and fruit contains a lot of sugar. Diabetics can’t have much fruit and if you have candida overgrowth you need to avoid sugar including fruit at least until you get it under control.
Some fruits, like berries, are lower in sugar and they have the same important health benefits as vegetables because they contain so many vitamins and minerals. You just have to decide if you tolerate them or not.
- olives and olive oil
- butter and ghee
- coconut products and coconut oil
- avocados and avocado oil for cooking
- Brazil nuts, almonds, walnuts, pecans
- flax seeds and flax oil
- pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds
Our nervous systems and our brains need fat! Specifically, our brains need cholesterol.
There is a study showing groups who ate 25% of their calories from fat had less anxiety, anger, and better overall mood without significant differences in cholesterol. (Wells et al. 1998)
Olive oil helped reduce anxiety in an animal study (Pitozzi et al. 2010)
There is a naturopathic doctor named Joseph Pizzorno who had experiences with flaxseed oil helping patients with agoraphobia (people with agoraphobia often will not leave the house because they fear having a panic attack in public). -Pizzorno and Murray 2000)
Eating a healthy diet includes foods that are delicious and the benefits to our mental health cannot be overstated.
Everyone makes their own decision regarding whether they need to take prescription medication and some people need to do that. But even if that is the case don’t we owe it to our wonderful bodies to do everything in our power to avoid things that harm us and consume things that literally build us up?
I believe we do!
Thank you for visiting! Let me know your favorite healthy foods and how eating them benefits you.
Please share your thoughts and questions in the comments section below.
*See my article Can Low Thyroid Cause Anxiety? for detailed information on how to use Amino Acids for anxiety and depression symptoms.
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Disclaimer: The information on this website is for educational purposes only; it is not intended to diagnose or treat any medical or mental health conditions. Always consult a physician or other qualified health provider to evaluate and treat your physical and mental symptoms.