Everyone gets down sometimes.
That’s perfectly natural.
However, if you find yourself constantly in the dumps for days, weeks, months, or longer, you may have a depressive disorder.
And, according to research promulgated by the NIH, severe deficiencies in nutrients including (but not limited to) essential vitamins, minerals, and omega-3 fatty acids may contribute to depression and anxiety.
Additionally, foods such as fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and pasta (foods with a low glycemic index) have been shown to provide a lasting effect on brain chemistry, mood, and energy levels.
Other research has shown that environmental factors such as stress, smoking, and diet can have an effect on the epigenetic structure of our genes – literally activating and deactivating genes that can help or harm our health.
Increasing intake of the right vitamins and minerals, making sure your gut is full of good bacteria, and eating a clean diet can all influence your mental health – without the prescription.
However, you should also avoid common triggers such as alcohol, caffeine, and high-calorie, low-nutrient foods (e.g., processed and refined food!).
If you struggle with depression or anxiety, we encourage you to download our FREE mini-meals handout and try changing your diet for a few days.
See how you feel.
And, if you feel better, keep it up!
But, if you know you’re the kind of person who might need additional help or resources, we encourage you to join one of our challenges. Whether you’ve done one before or you’re brand new, we’ve got something that can help you #ComeBackToLife!