Depression is perhaps one of the biggest hurdles that I ever have to face in my life. There are days wherein everything is just fine. The sun is beautifully shining in the sky like a gold glitter reflecting its magnificent light and the world just seems to be a happy place. Then, there are the bad days. These are the days I dread the most. These are the moments wherein a dark cloud is constantly hanging over my head, reminding me of how cruel the world can be. In my fight against depression, I have come across some foods that helped me stay afloat during the bad days.

Foods to stay healthy and happy

Choose the right Carbohydrates

Carbohydrates are known to help our brain to release one of its happy chemicals – serotonin. However, we must eat the right carbohydrates, as eating too much may lead to increased sugar consumption. Hence, instead of enjoying its benefits, it might send us into a downward spiral. Green leafy vegetables, fruits, whole grain bread, oatmeal, sweet potatoes, peas, beans, and lentils will surely fire us up all through the day without worrying about too much sugar.

Make Protein your best friend

Why opt for a high protein diet? Simple, foods high in protein keep us energized the whole day. It is also rich in tryptophan, an amino acid which may help in making serotonin.

Fish and seafood are great choices. They are not only protein-rich food, but they are also rich in omega 3 fatty acids, which can help in reducing joint stiffness. Chicken, turkey and lean meat are also good sources of protein.

More Selenium and Zinc

Selenium is a mineral found in soil and in most foods. A study from the University of Wales found out the low selenium intake is associated with lowered mood status.

Likewise, people with low zinc are those with clinical depression. So what better way to combat low moods? Gear up with minerals by eating cashews, legumes, nuts, and seeds.

Boost your Vitamin D

Studies have shown that people with low levels of vitamin D are more likely to have depression, hence eating fish, tofu and milk will help increase the level of vitamin D in our body.

Aside from foods, the sun is one of the best-known sources of vitamin D. So, step outside and let those blues melt away.

Way Forward

Currently, there is still no specific diet that is proven to alleviate the effects of depression. It is important to understand that eating healthy is just one of the factors that we must consider in battling depression. Our lifestyle, our openness to get professional help when needed and most importantly our commitment - all contribute in order for us to get better and ultimately, win over depression.