We all have these days when we want nothing more than to lie in bed and eat our way through half a liter of ice cream. Could the foods we consume have a greater impact on our mental health than what we realize?
Dr. Drew Ramsey, a psychiatrist, and the author have the answer to that question. He developed a way in which diet can improve your mood and eliminate your anxiety. With its help, patients rely on natural sources to cope with the onset of depression.
Brain food that you should be eating
Dr. Ramsey recently collaborated with science writer Max Lugavere on The Genius Life podcast to discuss how food can act as a natural version of an antidepressant.
Lugavere and Dr. Ramsey agree that a Mediterranean diet is one of the best diets for a happier life.
Adding some new foods to our daily meals can improve our anxiety:
– Zinc: found in red meat, oysters, anchovies, seeds and legumes
– Omega-3 fats: found in salmon, chia seeds, walnuts and soybeans
– Magnesium: found in whole grain products, nuts and seeds, and dark chocolate
– Flavanol: found in apples, green tea, berries, kale and cocoa powder
– B12: eggs, milk, kefir, kombucha, fish, poultry and beef
– Iron: tofu, beans, plums, figs, seafood, dark greens, and quinoa
Dr. Ramsey trusts a lot of these whole foods. “Because I think that’s where we came from and our brains were made of it.” Not every food on the list is one that you will love to eat, but it is still important to find whole foods that you enjoy consuming.
How foods work as antidepressants
According to Dr. Ramsey antidepressants work primarily by reducing inflammation in our gut and increasing serotonin levels in our brain. Fortunately, many of the foods listed above can express the same effects. For this reason, Dr. Ramsey individuals not to give up their sanity and instead switch to healthier lives.
Lugavere adds that exercise and a healthy diet can also help improve brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) levels, which may be linked to your mood. BDNF has been shown to increase brain connections and make the brain resilient to many of the physical stressors that we regularly endure. By switching to healthier eating options, we can increase the surface area of the brain and improve our memory and thinking skills.
Both Dr. Ramsey as well as Max Lugavere use these facts to encourage individuals to live better lives. Are you ready for a healthy life?