Depression is old as civilization. The word depression comes from the Latin deprimere, meaning press or pressed. It is one of the oldest illnesses described in medicine. Depression as a mood disorder, a feeling of severe despondency and dejection, is on everyday rise.
Depression and anxiety are the most common mental illness in the United States and they affect around 40 million adults which is approximately 18% of the population. Depression itself is a common but very serious mood disorder and it is estimated that 19 million American adults are living with major depression.
The main symptoms of this disease are low mood and aversion, loss of feeling of pleasure, fatigue, loss of strength and energy, difficulty concentrating and remembering details, insomnia, loss of appetite, anxiety, guilt, lack of prosperity, pessimism, hopelessness and even loss of will to live, suicidal thoughts and attempts etc.
Today medicine treat depression with medications such as fluoxetine (Prozac), fluvoxamine (Luvox), sertraline (Zoloft), citalopram (Celexa), paroxetine (Paxil) etc. which are generally safe. So, although this therapy, which may have side effects just in certain circumstances, is a safe and effective route for many people. But, did you know that a healthy, well-balanced diet and proper nutrition has also huge positive influence on depression too.
Damage to blood vessels which may be caused by a poor and unhealthy diet can lead to diabetes and high blood pressure according to a Dutch scientists which conducted a research on a more than 40 000 adults. This conditions can then destroy the capillaries (tiny blood vessels that carry oxygen through our body) and due this body’s organs will get reduced supply of oxygen and the lack of oxygen to the brain may disrupts chemical levels and cause neurotransmitter imbalance which is believed to be a cause of depression. As you can see, every action has large chain or reactions.
This research by dutch scientist confirmed, or at least supports, the findings on a study that was published in BMC Medicine saying that people who change their diet, from a poor and unhealthy to a Mediterranean, which is considered to be very healthy diet and is low in meat and dairy, especially processed food but is rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, legumes, nuts and olive oil, had significant improvement in their depression. On other hand, study which involved almost 1000 woman, conducted by researchers from University of Melbourne, says that people who consume unhealthy food and junk food, such as white bread, pizzas, hamburgers, processed food and sugary foods were up to 50% more likely to suffer from depression.
Giving up long standing habits, lifestyle changes which include regular exercise or physical activity and improving your diet can treat depression same as medication but much healthier. Healthy and nutritious diet will improve your overall health as well.