Autumn depression - watch what you eat!

What you should know about autumn depression?

Autumn depression - watch what you eat!
Written by Our: Morning Runner
Medical Fact Checked by: Dr. Bryan Havoc
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Even if you don’t break down after first failures and you can deal with daily difficulties, it’s possible that autumn aura will cause depressed mood even in you. Then it’s good to modify your diet.

Grey and sad views behind the window, lack of sun, wet and cold - all that can lead to loss of motivation. You would like to stay precisely at that point in which you’re right now for a longer time. It’s natural that during autumn you try to slow down, and your thoughts are closer to do a warm cocoon than setting out to conquer the world. But be careful and observe whether what you feel is not related with seasonal affective disorder (SAD).

What you should know about autumn depression?

60%-90% of people suffering from autumn depression are women at the age of 15-55. The most common symptoms are: irritability, depression, anxiety, decrease of vital energy, tiredness, listlessness, appetite changes, craving for foods especially high in carbohydrates - such as sweets, flour products, potatoes - isolation and difficulties with concentration.

How to help yourself?

Published in American Journal of Psychiatry researches about diet influence on depression symptoms suggest what kind of actions can help in fight with depressed mood. 1000 women at the age between 20 and 93 took part in that researches.

Women on a diet rich with fruits, vegetables, whole grains products and healthy proteins had lower risk of depression than women on a diet with refined sugar and processed food.

That’s why in that season it’s worth to care particularly about what’s on the plate. If you want your brain to serve you well and remain in good mental health, have energy for dealing with everyday duties and life difficulties, it needs proper alimentation. The most delicious desserts for your brain will be: omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins (B, C, E), folic acid and minerals (magnesium, iron, selenium, calcium, and zinc). Modify your diet to never have lack of these components. And remember about activity out-of-doors! That really improves mood.

*This article is for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. The information contained herein is not a substitute for and should never be relied upon for professional medical advice. Always talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of any treatment.