Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Veggies, Fruits & Fish - Natural Antidepressants!

Wow - this is exactly the kind of research that makes me so excited! I am very happy to share this with you and the whole book will be full of this "Food as Medicine" approach. Get ready, hold onto your hats and start your journey to happiness!

A very interesting study from the University College London in the UK followed 3,486 people for five years. At the end of five years, they matched their depression to their diet.

They found that the most depressed individuals consumed "processed food" (heavily loaded by sweetened desserts, fried food, processed meat, refined grains and high-fat dairy products). In contrast, the least depressed people consumed a diet of "whole foods" (heavily loaded by vegetables, fruits and fish).

Depression is a surprisingly common symptom. Before you turn to pharmaceutical antidepressants, start with changing your foods. If you eat a healthy diet your depression may subside. I strongly encourage you to take a good hard look at your diet – the best and most effective way is to write a food/mood diary and begin to notice any trends that appear. How did you feel an hour after you ate that coffee and banana bread this morning?

I always see improvements in mood when processed nutrient-poor food is removed and replaced with whole, organic and nutrient rich food.

Emm
xxx

2 comments:

  1. Fantastic approach: there's more and more high quality research on culinary medicine (as I've called it, with ChefMD.com) and you are right on the cutting edge!

    Keep up the great work!
    JL
    n.b.There are also good data for depression for saffron, and vitamin D-rich food. And, of course, great flavors.

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  2. Thanks Dr La Puma,

    Am thrilled to have you comment, love your work and be happy to let you know when the book is published,

    Emma

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