Eating healthily can enhance your mood, but there’s no specific diet that works for depression.
Here are some basic tips to ensure a healthy diet:
1. Eat a Diet High in Nutrients
Eat vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, protein, and even a small amount of fat in order to support the bodies repair process.
2. Eat Protein-Rich Foods to Boost Alertness
Foods such as turkey, tuna, or chicken, are rich in an amino acid called tyrosine. Tyrosine may help boost levels of the brain chemicals dopamine and norepinephrine. This boost helps you feel alert and makes it easier to concentrate.
3. Eat “Smart” Carbs for a Calming Effect
Limit sugary foods and opt for smart or “complex” carbs (such as whole grains) rather than simple carbs (such as cakes and cookies), along with plenty of fruits, vegetables, and legumes, which all contribute healthy carbs and fiber.
4. Eat foods that contain anti-oxidants
Antioxidants such as beta-carotene and vitamins C and E combat the effects of free radicals. Antioxidants have been shown to tie up these free radicals and take away their destructive power.