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Foods that can Ease Depression

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While there are many factors that can influence our mood and mental health, there has been much emerging research that our diets can play a role as well. Eating different foods won't make our mental health challenges go away, but they can certainly help ease some of the symptoms that we may experience. Here are a list of foods that can help ease depressive symptoms:

  • Probiotics

  • Prebiotics

  • Brown rice, quinoa, steel-cut oats, & chia seeds

  • Honey, orange juice, & whole grain food

  • Healthy fats: olive oil, nuts, avocado

  • Vitamins B9, B12, B1, B6, A, & C

  • Iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc, & selenium

  • Saffron & turmeric

  • Oregano, lavender, passionflower, & chamomile

As always, be sure to consult with your physician or a registered dietician before making any changes to your diet. For anyone that is interested in learning more about how food can impact our mood, I highly recommend giving "This is Your Brain on Food," by Uma Naidoo, M.D. a read!

You can purchase the book here:

DISCLAIMER: The content of this blog does not substitute for mental health services. These are my personal thoughts gained from my experiences and education as a psychotherapist. If you are experiencing an emergency, please call 911.

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