Chances are you've heard the saying, "You are what you eat." Studies have shown that what you put in your body has a major impact on the way you feel on a regular basis, especially when it comes to mental health. Although the jury is still out on finding the perfect diet to combat depression, there are foods you can incorporate more often that are sure to put a smile on your face.
The most obvious choice when making healthy decisions, is to load up on nutrient dense fruits and vegetables that are high in anti-oxidents. Things like apricots, carrots and sweet potatoes pack big punches of beta-carotene. While oranges, potatoes and tomatoes are full of Vitamin C. Nuts and seeds are sure to have the right amount of Vitamin E your body craves, but what about Omega-3 fatty acids?
A pretty interesting find by scientists shows, people who skip their Omega-3's report more cases of depression versus those who favor fish. Although this highly nutritious oil is found in foods like salmon, sardines and tuna, you don't have to go fishing if you just can't stomach it. You can get your Omega-3 fix from nuts, seeds, certain oils and even supplements.
When it comes to expectant mothers, it has become taboo to eat too much seafood during pregnancy. However, Omega-3 fatty acids are extremely vital when it comes to fetal development and avoiding depression post pregnancy. After a mother gives birth, her Omega-3 reserves become depleted. Therefore, if you can't eat seafoods or just plain dislike the taste, doesn't mean you should skip this important component of your diet. You deserve to be a happy camper too!