Did you know that 1 in 10 Americans are affected by depression? The number of patients
diagnosed with depression increases about 20% a year! Even worse, 80% of people with signs
of clinical depression aren’t receiving any treatment for it. A recent study has shown that the
popular Mediterranean diet has been associated with warding off depression.
The Mediterranean diet consists of the primary indulgence of: plant based foods (fruits,
vegetables, whole grains, etc.), herbs and spices instead of salt for food flavoring, fish and poultry at least twice a week, and oddly enough a simple red glass of wine. But how can changing your diet simply change your mood?
It has been scientifically proven that certain foods give boosts of energy. The Food and Mood project conducted a study with 200 participants. The results showed that 88% of the participants said that by changing their diet there was a significant improvement in their mood and mental health. The study also found that the three most helpful strategies were cutting down on sugar
and caffeine and drinking more water.
Perhaps you don’t have the willpower or desire to completely change your diet. Have you ever
heard the saying “a little goes a long way?” Along with drinking more water, try:
● Eating more spinach- They’re loaded with iron and good for fighting off fatigue.
● Eating more eggs- Not only do they improve your eyesight, they help regulate your
● Eating more bananas- This delicious fruit is high in vitamin B6 which can relieve stress
and anxiety. (No wonder monkeys are so chill.)
Whether you’re depressed, stressed or know someone who is, improving your diet is an
important step to improving mental health.