This Is One of The Pillars of Health. Are You Taking Care of It Enough?

Depression is not a joke. Mirian Aguirre in her article What is depression and how to help a friend who suffers from it?, says: "Clinic...

Depression is not a joke. Mirian Aguirre in her article What is depression and how to help a friend who suffers from it?, says: "Clinical depression is a mental illness that is characterized by causing feelings of sadness and extreme dejection, of hopelessness and despair", and continues, “…it affects the body, the spirit, and the thoughts”.

They may not know that there are two types of depression: endogenous and exogenous; the first is caused by our body, that is, there is no external or environmental reason that causes it, and it is of such intensity that it can lead us to suicide; the second has its "root" in situations abroad, an example of this can be the breakup of a relationship or the loss of a job, to give a couple of examples.

Something that is increasing these days is that children can become involuntary victims of this condition, but because of their age they do not clearly understand what is happening to them. So our role, as parents, must be alert, in order to detect any change in our children's mood, take action, and cut the problem from its root.

Whatever the case, it is appropriate to go to a psychologist, who will be able to determine what type of depression it is and if it is the case that it is endogenous, refer him to a psychiatrist, and start the appropriate medical treatment. If it is an exogenous depression, the situation may become more manageable, although not simpler.

I would dare to say that much of the blame for depression being one of the so many modern ills is our lifestyle and eating habits; we live longer at work, eating what we have at hand, either from the vending machine or from the cafeteria, while the relationship with our partner gets out of hand and the love of our children goes out the window, that, in search of affection, they get imitations of love or friendship, and when we want to recover what matters most, sometimes, it is already too late.

Some medical studies indicate that it is possible to overcome mild or exogenous depression without resorting to medication. They show that, through a proper diet, depression can disappear, because if the right nutrients are consumed, they will effectively help in the synthesis of neurotransmitters (substances that participate in neuronal signaling and nerve transmission), like chocolate, which helps the neuronal segregation of SEROTONIN, which is directly linked to its absence in cases of depression.

Taking into account the above, it is logical that now we want to have, together with our loved ones, a healthy diet and avoid depression, obesity, and stress as a family.

As a result of all this, I list some foods that, when consumed with some frequency and without exaggeration, could help our body to be healthier and more balanced and, therefore, have a good quality of life:

  1. Fish such as tuna or salmon and their derivatives are rich in fatty acids and omega-3, essential to help the brain function in a more controlled way.

  2. Brewer's yeast, oatmeal, and brown rice are sources of high concentrations of B-complex as well as folic acid, which is literally brain food; In addition, brown rice gradually releases glucose into the bloodstream, thus avoiding sugar crashes and, with it, mood swings.

  3. Cabbage, lettuce, garlic, soybeans, chickpeas, and asparagus are considered powerful natural painkillers since ancient times they have been used to treat depression and mental disorders.

  4. Fruits, especially those rich in vitamin C, such as kiwi, orange, and lemon, as well as pineapple, banana, and apple are used to make a homemade medicinal mixture with milk and honey.

  5. Spices such as ginger and chili, because they are rich in capsaicin, a component that stimulates the production of endorphins, known as “happiness hormones”.

  6. In the same way, it is appropriate to take into account that caffeine, tobacco, alcohol, and foods with a high fat and sugar content should be avoided.

  7. In addition to chocolate, carbohydrates are important to maintain a good mood, as they help maintain high levels of tryptophan (an amino acid that helps the brain produce serotonin); yes, try to stay away from refined carbohydrates, such as white bread, pasta or rice.

Lastly, but very effective to get away from mild or exogenous depression, is to spend time with the family enjoying the sun in moderation, as this helps to better absorb calcium; Also think about exercising, as it improves blood flow to the brain and strengthens mental activity. Above all, remember to laugh whenever you can, because it makes life happy and helps us see the wonders that surround us.

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