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Our physical, mental, emotional, and chemical well being are interrelated.
We can study these aspects of health separately and address problems in these areas separately, but whatever affects one area touches all the others, for good or ill.
Something that has an immediate impact on each aspect of health is our dietary choices.
This is why a nutrient rich diet is the most common sense and scientific first line of treatment for all our ills, including depression. A simple explanation of how the body manufactures serotonin illustrates this.
Although much remains a mystery, we know that a state of mental health requires an adequate supply of neurotransmitters such as serotonin.
So, without zinc, our stomach acid is inadequate to break down protein. The amino acid tryptophan cannot be transformed without folate or calcium. Without the presence of all vitamins and minerals required, no serotonin can be made.
This is not to imply that lack of adequate nutrition is the cause of everyone’s depression. It may be why some people are depressed, but for many people diet is one of several possible factors in their diagnosis.
Eating well when you are depressed is not easy. You may not be hungry or might not have the energy to grocery shop or prepare food already in the cupboard. People who feel worthless or hopeless may not care whether they eat well enough.
Do your best, and ask others to help you shop or prepare food if you need to. You can eat simply and still get the nutrients you need.
One more thing to keep in mind is that dark chocolate and cocoa powder are good sources of zinc.
source: Tabrizian, Igor, Dr. The Visual Textbook of Nutritional Medicine, NRS Publications, 2007.
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