Sunday, September 18, 2011

Eating Vegetables Can Fight Depression?


Straight answer: I have not personally proven that this is true because I'm taking vegetables all year round. But studies say that a higher intake of vegetables combined with your doctor’s recommended treatment prescription can go a long way to shun your misery. 

Background: Depression is a mental state that results when a person feels that what he/she is doing is simply not enough. This is experienced when a person is beset with peer pressure, prolonged sadness and serious problems that just "can't be solved." Worse things happen when this illness affects his/her mind, body, mood and casual thoughts that sometimes it can lead to suicidal attempts. If not treated properly, depression can last for a long time, like weeks, months or even years.

Depression is considerably hard to diagnose because the symptoms are those that occur in some who may not suffer from depression at all. These symptoms include loss of appetite, overeating, constant sadness or anger, anxiousness, a sense of helplessness or feeling of worthlessness, low energy, fatigue, insomnia and trouble in concentrating or remembering things.

First thing that comes to mind is to ask the depressed person to go and consult a psychiatrist, a doctor who can help advise and treat the mental patient professionally. For natural remedies, your regular diet (food intake) can help. 

Vegetables are a great source of vitamins and minerals which are key sources for brain and nerve functionality. In order for your body to be healthy and get the minerals and nutrients it needs, you need to ingest high quality vegetables such as spinach, broccoli and asparagus at least thrice a day, but some doctors even recommend up to six times.

Just keep in mind that raw vegetables have a higher nutrient and mineral content than cooked, so it's better to eat them fresh whenever possible. I remember us growing up, our parents used to feed us raw carrots. Try to make half of each of your meals some kind of vegetable to ensure you are getting ample amounts of nutrients and minerals.Vegetables are not like a happy pill or magic supplement that can easily take depression away. It won’t instantly cure depression, but it also won't hurt if you give it a try.