Holistic food fight: How good mood foods help fight depression

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Blood sugar levels alter our moods, so it’s mandatory to keep foods in the body that keep blood sugar levels steady.

That way, moods and energy aren't drained or poor, and overall, eating good mood foods improve our quality of life.

Foods that go through the digestive tract slowly like turkey sandwiches, brown rice and salmon are, according to author Elizabeth Somer (Food and Mood), help keep feelings on an “even keel.”

The brain has three juices to keep it functioning and optimal. Seratonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine. When any of those juices are out of sync, humans behave differently.

Although therapy and medication have been the pharmaceutical recommendations to depression, holistic dieters rearrange dietary habits to boost moods and block depressive juices from clouding the brain.

For example, vegetable oil and margarine are foods that trigger depression. Canola oil is a recommended alternative. Nutrients found in “good mood foods” trigger the brain’s “happy juices.”

Foods rich in Vitamin D and omega 3 fatty acids ward off depression. Salmon, shiitake mushrooms, mackerel, herring, sardines, and soymilk. Walnuts, folates found in dark green leafy vegetables, and canola and soybean oil are also alpha linolenic acid, which are components of omega-3 fatty acids, are also mood boosting foods.

More mood boosting foods rich in Vitamin B6 and B12 are sunflower seeds, beets, and oranges. Honey, pastured eggs, mussels, oysters, spinach, rare blue potatoes, grass fed lamb, turkey, dark chocolate, Greek yogurt, asparagus and cherry tomatoes are random mood bursting foods.

Equally as important as foods that increase and improves moods are those foods that down the brain and trigger depressive juices throughout the brain. Dr. Jennifer Landa, in a December report for Fox News, reported seven foods that destroy good moods:

Potato Chips: fried in oils rich in omega 6 fatty acids that can block omega-3 fatty acids.
Soda: quick sugar rush that crashes when the blood sugar level decreases.
Margarine: made of industrial fat and the fatty acids (omega-6) could tamper with moods and healthy insulin levels.
Agave nectar: lots of vegetarians use nectar in their foods, and many use it as a natural sugar substitute, but it may lead to insulin resistance because of its high, concentrated fructose levels.
Bagels: 400 calories without butter or cream cheese and “virtually guarantee an energy crash before lunchtime.”
Peanuts: salty and rich in MSG, lacks the antioxidant properties of other nuts (almonds and walnuts).
Sweet potato casserole: sugary and sweet, spikes blood sugar levels, makes body vulnerable to sugar high crash.

Taking the fat out of foods like beef and pork to make the protein based foods leaner also help in the holistic food fight against depression.

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