DIET AND DEPRESSION: WHAT TO EAT, WHAT TO AVOID

Medical treatment and counselling can help you stray away from the symptoms of depression. In addition to this following a healthy diet can also help cope with depression. 

Feeling low at times is a normal phenomenon, but when you encounter these feelings on a regular basis then you may be dealing with depression. Depression can be expressed differently by different people. For some depression maybe sadness, for others, it might be anger, restlessness, anxiousness, irritability and so on. Men, women and children too can experience the various symptoms of depression.

The onset of depression can be due to many causes. For some it could be passed on from family history, for others, it can be caused by early childhood trauma, medical conditions and drug use. Depression is a serious mental health condition and should be treated as such. If it isn't diagnosed properly and treated it can lead to a variety of chronic conditions like arthritis, cancer, obesity among others.

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While medical treatment and counselling have a positive effect on depression, individuals can also experience changes in mood when they switch over to a healthy diet regimen. 

Some foods may be beneficial to people who are battling with depression while others may not be so good for bettering their condition. Here are the foods that you can consume and those that you need to avoid. 

What to include


Foods that have a high concentration of nutrients are best for people dealing with depression. Our brain reacts to what we eat and drink and eating nutritious foods is one way to keep your brain functioning at its prime. 

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Foods rich in antioxidants


Studies conducted by experts have shown that consuming foods which are rich in antioxidants prevent cell damage in the body and reduce its destructive effects. Some of the foods which are rich in antioxidants include carrots, broccoli, apples, spinach, sweet potato, apricots and more. To add Vitamin C to your diet you can consume items like blueberries, oranges, strawberries, peppers and potatoes. Vitamin E which is again very necessary for the human body can be derived from nuts, vegetable oils, wheat germ and so on. 

Protein-rich foods


When you consume protein-rich foods it helps boost your energy and alertness to the things around you. Protein can be derived from both vegetarian and non-vegetarian sources. Some of the foods you can eat for this very purpose include beans, peas, lean beef fish, poultry, yoghurt and more.

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Foods loaded with B Vitamins


A recent study which was conducted found that the rates of depression in men and women were linked to the inadequacy of folate and vitamin B12 in their bodies. The best way to ingest both these materials is to follow a Mediterranean diet. Folate is found in items like legumes, nuts, fruits and fark green vegetables. Vitamin B12 can be found in fish and low-fat dairy products.

Food rich in Vitamin D


Researchers believe that Vitamin D can help relieve the symptoms of depression in people. Vitamin D can be obtained by spending a few minutes in the sun every day. Additionally, it can also be obtained from dietary sources like oily fish, fortified dairy products, beef liver and eggs. 

Foods containing omega-3 fatty acids


Eating Omega-3 fatty acids helps in increasing brain function and reduces the risk of mood swings and the possibility of brain diseases. To ingest these nutrients you can consume salmon, tuna sardines and mackerel. if you prefer vegan options you can eat flaxseeds, chia seeds, walnuts which also provide the necessary omega-3 fatty acids. 

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Foods To Avoid


People who consume a poor quality diet are more likely to get depressed than those who eat healthy often. This has been proven by a variety of studies and therefore it is important to manage your eating habits for your mental well-being. 

Alcohol


Some people resort to alcohol to cope with their depression. But it can actually worsen the condition. The consumption of alcohol has been linked to increased mental health problems. 

Refined foods


Refined or processed foods do not offer much nutritional value and must be avoided as much as possible. They are often high in calories, sugar and sodium which make you feel heavy and sedentary. Research findings have shown that people who consume lots of fast food tend to be more disappointed than those who consume freshly cooked items.

Caffeine


Caffeine consumption may provide a temporary boost in energy and can even help people with depression. But consuming excess caffeine is known to increase anxiety, stress and depression. In addition to this increased caffeine consumption can hamper your sleep quality as well. Try and avoid sodas and drinks which have a high caffeine content and limit your daily coffee consumption. 

What is Ayurveda?

Practiced by the great sages of ancient India, Ayurveda is a 5,000-year-old system of holistic medicine defined as Knowledge of Life (Ayu meaning life and Veda meaning knowledge). It describes the healthy and unhealthy state of life (mind and body) and describes the methods of balancing unhealthy conditions. Ayurveda focuses on the wellness of every person as a whole. Since the constitution differs from person to person, the wellness therapies also differ and are unique to every individual.

What is Naturopathy?

Human beings have remarkable recuperative powers that can heal the body on its own without external chemical or surgical interference, which simply suppresses symptoms but does not heal nor remove the root cause of the disease. Naturopathy seeks to heal the body by promoting its own internal processes. Naturopathy gives importance to internal hygienic conditions using healing therapies such as Dietetics, Hydrotherapy, Mud therapy, Reflexology, and Massage, among others.

What is Yoga?

Yoga is a lifestyle, to be incorporated. It includes practices like Kriyas, Asanas, Pranayama, Bandha, Mudra, Meditation etc.

What is Reiki?

Reiki is a holistic energy healing technique where certified healer directs universal energy to the person who seeks healing. This restores your emotional, physical and spiritual energy.

What is included in your all-inclusive package?

If you choose our all-inclusive package, you will get a well-appointed luxurious room, Ayurvedic therapies, Naturopathic therapies ( hydrotherapy, massage, mud therapy, reflexology, dietetics) yoga sessions, acupuncture, all meals, all amenities, and a personal wellness consultation.

What types of food do you have?

Our culinary program is based on a wholesome, balanced and portioned diet. All of the food served at YO1 is locally sourced, organic, and sustainable. The ingredients that are used are free of harmful chemicals, alkaline, and genetic modification to create meals that promote an optimum state of health.

Where are you located?

We are located in the tranquil Catskills Mountains in Monticello, New York. Resting on over 1,300 acres of pristine landscape, including the historic and impressive Kutsher property, YO1 is easily accessible and offers guests the fresh air and serenity needed to make the profound changes in their lives that they are seeking.

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