❤️Valentines? – What do these foods have to do with Valentines?
Before you can love others, it helps to love yourself. ❤️According to the World Health Org. over 300 million people suffer from depression (and that’s only those that have reported it). I know from personal experience, that when severely depressed, loving yourself is commonly last on the list.
I was so uneducated when I attempted suicide, and wish I had known that food can contribute to or help with depression. (I’m not claiming food cures all depression, or causes all depression. There are MANY different factors that play a part in depression). But, these few posts are for those suffering who may benefit from this info like I did.
?Cashews, walnuts, almonds – they are high in L-tryptophan. L-tryptophan is the amino acid that is needed to create serotonin (a happy feel good chemical). (1)
?Avocados – also contain tryptophan. But, they also have omega 3s which is the fatty acid that does 2 things for your brain. 1st – it helps combat inflammation (inflammation can be the root cause to depression) And 2nd, omega 3s help regulate our brains neurotransmitters. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter. Basically your brain loves good healthy fats to run smoothly.
?Fatty fish – is a good source of niacin (vit B3) which is the energy source to produce serotonin from the tryptophan. It also has omega 3s. (2)
?Tomatoes – these are high in folate and alpha-lipoic acid, both of which are good for fighting depression. According to the Journal of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, studies showed that about one-third of patients with depression were deficient in folate.(3)
Folate also can prevent an excess of homocysteine, which can restrict the production of important neurotransmitters like serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine.
?Pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, turkey breast, sweet potatoes. These contain vitamin B6. Vitamin B6 is the cofactor (“helper molecule”) in making serotonin AND norepinephrine (another happy hormone). (4)
Many more foods can help as well: chia seeds, flax seeds, berries, leafy greens, vegetables, fermented foods, foods with prebiotics and probiotics, and more.
I hope that this blog post was helpful to you! Do you know someone who might benefit from this information?
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