Self help for depression comes in many forms and food is just one of them. But it is one that makes a tremendous difference. In this age where the normal diet is made up of almost entirely plastic food that is loaded with chemicals and lacking nutrients, we just don’t get the building blocks we need to maintain health and happiness. When you body doesn’t get what it needs, it gets by and can survive a lot of abuse, but you don’t get to feel good unless you feed your brain what it needs.
If you know my story, you know that I used energy healing to eliminate the bouts of severe depression that I faced off and on, mostly on, for as long as I can remember. No one ever mentioned the value of good nutrition until after I found miraculous healing from energy work. I can only imagine how much better I could have felt so much quicker. If I would have added a healthy diet, or at the very least, supplements that actually had whole food nutrients, I would have given my body a big break.
Self Help For Depression Food Ideas
Here are a few ideas that may give your mood a boost: peppers, salmon, spinach salad, rooibos tea, eggs…
But remember, there are a lot of studies that show intention works for self help; as in making an intention that the food will supply the nutrients you need to feel better fast.
So here is what I do when I want to heal or just help myself feel better in general or when I am doing some self help for depression prevention:
TIP-use the self help technique below BECAUSE technology shows that energy is emitted from hands, technology shows that you emit Light from your body!)
I always put my hands around my food for a quick flash of time as I create my intention. Then I imagine a big smile on my face as I feel gratitude in my heart. That’s shown to releases healing hormones from your heart. Why not get all the mileage you can out any of your self help techniques?
Green and red peppers are two of the most potent sources of vitamin C in the produce aisle. In fact, a cup of the veggie has over three times the recommended daily allowance of the nutrient!
…regularly consuming a fatty fish like salmon is a smart idea. The tasty catch is loaded with omega-3, a mood-boosting fatty acid that may make it easier for serotonin—a chemical that makes you feel happier—to pass through cell membranes and multiply. Salmon is also one of the best foods for rapid weight loss.
Research participants who consumed three 5-ounce servings of the fish per week for a month as part of a low-calorie diet lost 2.2 pounds more than participants who consumed a salmon-less diet with the same number of calories, an International Journal of Obesity study found. Just make sure you stick with wild, which ensures you’ll take in fewer belly-busting omega-6s.
If you’ve been feeling depressed, coming up short on certain nutrients could make your symptoms far worse. Research suggests that folic acid deficiency, for example, can suppress the production of S-adenosylmethionine, a naturally occurring compound that helps produce serotonin and dopamine, two major feel-good neurochemicals. Though more research is needed to confirm the hypothesis, scientist believe that improving folic acid status can help boost the production of S-adenosylmethionine, which could help resolve depressive symptoms.
Forget that happy hour cocktail and fix yourself a cup of rooibos tea instead. The red, naturally sweet brew is rich in a powerful flavonoid called Aspalathin. Researchers say this flavonoid reduces stress hormones and inhibits adipogenesis–the formation of new fat cells–by as much as 22 percent.
Feeling a bit gloomy and aggressive after a fall out with a friend or significant other? Take out your angst by cracking some eggs and whipping up an omelet. Breaking eggs far better than putting your fist through drywall and, thanks to their rich vitamin D content, eggs can help you cheer up, too. (A three-egg omelet will fulfill over a third of the day’s recommended intake of the nutrient.) Exactly how vitamin D works to improve mood isn’t yet fully understood. One theory is that the nutrient increases serotonin and dopamine in the brain—which is how many antidepressants work as well.
Source Excerpts from article by Dana Leigh Smith