There is a diet and depression link! It has long been known that diet can be used to help with most medical problems. This includes depression.
Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, said, "Let food be your medicine and your medicine be your food."
Andrew Weil, MD, wrote in his book, Eating Well For Optimum Health, "A healthy diet is the cornerstone of a healthy life style." (16, p. 4)
An entire approach to medicine - called the orthomolecular approach - is centered on using nutrition to overcome problems such as depression.
Carl Curt Pfeiffer's book, Nutrition and Mental Health: An Orthomolecular Approach to Balancing Body Chemistry, wrote, "The 'Orthomolecular' approach...simply refers to supplying the cells with the right mix of nutrients. Since many diseases are known to be the result of the wrong balance of essential nutrients in the body, adjusting the diet, eliminating junk foods, and ingesting large doses of essential vitamins, minerals, trace metals, amino acids, and ployunsaturated fats, can correct the chemical imbalances of disease." (11, pp. 3-4)
Thus, to decrease your depression through your diet you need to...
Confused About Diet and Depression?
Helping depression with diet is not as simple as it sounds. Deciding on a healthy diet and choosing appropriate and needed supplements can be very confusing.
Diet and depression research has illustrated how confusing deciding on the right diet and supplements can be. One diet and depression study found that a high-carbohydrate, low-protein diet helps keep depression at bay. (9) Another diet and depression study suggested just the opposite -- that consumption of carbohydrates may contribute to depression. (5)
Often doctors are not much help. Many doctors have very little training in nutrition. They don't often know how to use nutrition to help depression.
So, what are you to do? If you want to use diet to help your depression, diet and depression resources can help.
Diet and Depression Books
Helping depression with diet is complex. Fortunately diet and depression resources are available to assist and guide you.
One of the most helpful diet and depression resources is a book written by Gabriel Cousens, MD, Depression-Free For Life: An All-Natural, 5-Step Plan to Reclaim Your Zest For Living.
In this diet and depression book, Dr. Cousens explains his program -- which he claims has had a 90% success rate in overcoming depression.
The book will guide you in understanding your unique depression and the different factors that may be contributing to the depression. It then explains how to customize an individualized recovery program that involves taking amino acids, vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, as well as, making diet and life style changes.
Dr. Cousens will help you know which supplements to take, and in what amounts. He also helps you understand if you need a high-carbohydrate, low-protein diet or a high-protein, low-carbohydrate diet based on your body's unique sugar processing speed.
If you are serious about trying to help your depression using diet, this is a diet and depression book that you need to read.
Another helpful and informative book is The Antidepressant Survival Guide by Robert J. Hedaya, MD.
Dr. Hedaya is a psychiatrist who specializes in treating depression with a combination of medications, diet, supplements, and exercise.
He provides clear guidelines in his book about how you can change your diet to help your depression, to increase the impact of your antidepressant medication, and to reduce medication side-effects. He also suggests medical interventions that you can discuss with your doctor.
Other books which you may find helpful include...
Healing Depression: A Holistic Guide, by Catherine Carrigan
Dealing With Depression Naturally, by Syd Baumel
The Diet Cure: The 8-Step Program to Rebalance Your Body Chemistry and End Food Cravings, Weight Problems, and Mood Swings -- Now, by Amanda Geary
Natural Alternatives to Prozac, by Michael T. Murray
Nutrition and Mental Health: An Orthomolecular Approach to Balancing Body Chemistry, by Carl C. Pfeiffer
The Omega-3 Connection: The Groundbreaking Anti-depression Diet and Brain Program, by Andrew L. Stoll, MD
5-HTP: The Natural Way to Overcome Depression, Obesity, and Insomnia, by Michael T. Murray
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There are many diet and depression resources available to help you. Use them as you need them.
But whether or not you use any of these diet and depression resources, don't passively stay in depression.
Diet down your depression.
In short, you can help your depression using nutrition and diet. How to do this, however, can be confusing and difficult.
There are many books and other resources available that can help.
For a list of references cited in Diet And Depression -- You Can Diet Down Your Depression, click here.