Many people are unaware that poor diet choices can contribute to depression.
- Do you, or someone you love suffer from depression?
- Have you tried mood-altering drugs and been told that diet has nothing to do with your symptoms?
- Did you know that food can affect your mood and that gut health plays a major part in depression?
- Anti-depressants are now the most popular class of drugs both in the US and Australia and their use is rapidly growing
Changing Habits philosophy
At Changing Habits we believe in vitalistic living and natural approaches to health and well-being. Since 1998 our highly qualified and experienced team has empowered thousands of people to take control of their health by providing the tools and information to make sustainable changes for long-lasting health. Your body has amazing healing abilities, given the right conditions.
There are three main chemical neurotransmitters in the brain. They are dopamine, noradrenaline and serotonin. Dopamine and noradrenalin keep us alert; they make us think more quickly and increase motivation, mental acuity and productivity. Serotonin, on the other hand, is the calming brain chemical – it produces a relaxed, more focused, less anxious, less stressed, more euphoric feeling. Our levels of these neurotransmitters are directly related to the foods we eat, and the balance of good and bad bacteria in our digestive system.
What can help?
- Healing foods
- Avoid alcohol and caffeine
- Avoid refined foods
- Eat a diet rich in Omega-3
- Increase fats and ‘preppy’ proteins such as meat, fish, eggs and freshly shelled nuts
- Avoid refined carbohydrates, which affect blood sugar and energy levels
- Eat fermented foods or take a food based probiotic
Depression is a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. It can be quite debilitating and can have a huge impact on not only the individual but also on family and friends.
Contributing factors may include:
- life events
- medications (in particular antibiotics and antacids)
- a family history of depression
- nutritional deficiencies (in particular Omega 3, Vitamin D and magnesium)
- a diet that is high in processed and inflammatory foods
- poor gut health (an imbalance of good gut flora which)
- substance abuse.
“My mental health is now perfect, after suffering with severe anxiety and bi-polar.
I suffered severe depression, anxiety and fibromyalgia for several years and at my heaviest I weighed 119kg. My pain levels from fibromyalgia were spiking an average of 8/10 daily, I had daily headaches, brain fog, terrible fatigue and gut/bowel issues, was taking maximum dose of prescription pain killers daily, could barely walk to the letter box and needless to say my mental state was a mess.
I discovered a few friends were doing this diet thing and seemed to be having some great results so I decided to check it out. Within two weeks of starting the protocol in February 2014 I was walking 3km easily, had no fatigue, headaches or gut issues. My pain levels were down to about 3/10!! I could not believe the difference just from paying attention to foods and how they affected my inflammation.
One of the major things I’ve learnt is that this is NOT a diet. It is so much more than that. It is an education in food and body. I have learnt so much about myself and how my body reacts to certain foods.
I am now (today) 65.2kg. I have taken 4 panadol since Feb last year, can walk up to 10km at a time, do yoga. My mental health is perfect! From being on suicide watch often (diagnosed severe anxiety and bi-polar) to this is incredible. I am 47 years old and feel amazing!”
Kelli Schultz, Tasmania, August 2015
*Results may vary from person to person
Where to from here?
Book a consultation with our qualified nutritionists
Everyone is an individual and requires a little tailoring to suit their own unique body, environment and lifestyle.
There are many foods that can help with depression as well as foods that can have a negative affect.
Our Changing Habits consultants are here to help and consultations can be conducted in person at our office, by phone or skype.
With a big increase in depression over the past 30 years ago, you have to wonder what has been the cause. Is it the pressures of the world, or is it a result of the foods we eat affecting the brain chemicals that balance mood, which in turn affects our coping skills?
Hunter Gatherer Protocol
Our Hunter Gatherer Protocol has been designed to eliminate foods out of your diet and slowly re-introduce foods back into your diet, to see what creates health and mental clarity and what foods may create ill-health.
As you start to eliminate foods out of your diet, you will:
- be more alert and have a better sense of well-being
- feel happy and healthy
- have improved sleep
- have mental clarity
- start to heal the gut
- Changing Habits Blog – Depression and mental illness, what to do
- Changing Habits Blog – Depression and anxiety
- Changing Habits Blog – Finding the proof that diet improves mood
- Changing Habits Blog – This is a lifestyle change by guest blogger Kelli Shultz
- Changing Habits Report – An undernourished body is a depressed mind
- Up for a Chat Podcast – Depression
**If you are in crisis, please see a qualified practitioner or call Lifeline’s 24 hour crisis helpline on 13 11 14**
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