There is no shortcut to good health. On needs to eat well and sleep well religiously. Recently we conducted research on foods that promote sanity and foods that ignite the limbic system (emotion center) and cause inflammation. Eliminating gluten, dairy, caffeine, and sugar from our diet go a long way in maintaining good health and mind.
Healthy food makes us more emotionally resilient and less vulnerable to the impact of stress and drama and that’s proven with a few days’ trials that we conducted with our team.
Team Quality Ayurveda tried a few foods every day to feel good. We believe it helped us fight off inflammation in our brain, which leads to depression.
Dark Leafy Greens: A Nutrient-loaded Inflammation Fighter
The healthiest food of all, the most nutrient-dense item available to us to eat are the dark, leafy greens. Spinach. Kale. Swiss chard. Greens are the first of the G-BOMBS (greens, beans, onions, mushrooms, berries, seeds) are the most powerful immune-boosting and anti-cancer foods. Leafy green vegetables help in preventing the cancerous transformation of normal cells and keep the body armed and ready to attack any precancerous or cancerous cells that may arise. Leafy greens fight against all kinds of inflammation, and according to a study published in March 2015 in JAMA Psychiatry, severe depression has been linked with brain inflammation.
Healthy fats are a must with obviously some good reason. Healthy fats that are found in nuts and fish are extremely crucial for brain health and may play a role in fighting depression. People eating a high amount of fish in their diet had a 17% lower risk of depression than those eating the least fish. It has also been found that omega-3 fish oil supplements boosted the effects of medication in people with depression.
Science has proven that certain live bacteria and yeasts, known as probiotics, may be helpful in fighting depression and anxiety.
There’s a link between the digestive system and brain health. Scientists call it the “gut-brain axis.” Important brain chemicals, including the mood-boosting hormone serotonin, are produced in the gut. It can therefore be concluded that without a sufficient supply of healthy gut bacteria, your mood can suffer and may cause depression or uneasiness.
Who on earth doesn’t like Chocolates! From a child to an oldie, chocolate takes different shapes and forms to make us happy and be our happy food. Cocoa beans contain flavonoids, plant-based nutrients that are powerful antioxidants and can improve mood. However, in order to reap maximum benefits out of chocolates, one needs to be cautious about the sugar content and take note of the calories it contains. Dark chocolate therefore is the healthiest choice one can make to be the happiest.
Some studies suggest a link between depressed mood and low levels of tyrosine, an amino acid that produces the so-called “happy hormone” dopamine. Dopamine controls your brain’s reward and pleasure centers. Since, bananas are rich in amino acids, you get your daily dose of mental health with having just one banana a day. If Appleskeep the doctor’s ways, banana for sure keeps depression away.