Wednesday, February 13, 2013

5 Foods that Are Natural Antidepressants

Stay Happy by Eating the Right Foods

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When most people hear the word "antidepressent" they think of drugs and medicine, but did you know that some foods are natural antidepressants? It's true. In fact, simply eating a healthy diet all around can help to cure a person's depression. I've never been a fan of prescription antidepressants, so I love to share this kind of information with you. Not to mention, you can save a lot of money at the pharmacy buy incorperating foods that are natural antidepressants into your diet rather than spending money on pills and medication.
Water: As simple as may seem, water is one of the best natural antidepressants. Dehydration causes fatigue, which in turn, causes your body to not feel so great. People who don't feel well physically, have a tendency to not feel well mentally, as well. Drink at least one ounce of water per pound of body weight daily to help yourself feel less depressed.
Spinach: Spinach is a very good source of folic acid, which is very important for maintaining proper physical and mental health. A lack of folic acid causes the body to not produce enough serotonin. There's a reason Popeye ate this stuff. Spinach is a great natural antidepressant.
Oranges: Oranges and other citrus fruits are packed with vitamin C which is needed for your body to produce dopamine. It will also keep your red blood cell count high.
Red Peppers: Another excellent source of vitamin C. Red peppers actually contain more vitamin C than citrus fruit.
Wheat Bread: Whole wheat is another food that can act as a natural antidepressant. It's loaded with complex carbohydrates that will help your body produce healthy amounts of serotonin. Try making a sandwich on whole wheat bread with spinach and red peppers, and then wash it down with a big glass of water and some orange juice, and you just got a dose of all five of these natural antidepressants in one meal.
There you have it. Five delicious foods (and liquids) that will help you stay happy and beat depression. You'd be surprised how many other foods there are out there that also act as natural antidepressants. Remember, it's all about eating healthy. As long as a food is good for you and packed full of vitamins, odds are it will help you fight your depression. Now go make yourself a snack.