The Impact of Diet on Depression: How What You Eat Affects Your Mood

Nourishing the Mind: The Role of Diet in Preventing and Managing Depression
Your diet can impact your risk for or symptoms of depression. Depression can affect appetite and lead to a preference for comfort foods high in sugar, fat, and salt. However, indulging in these foods can result in a deficiency of essential nutrients for brain health. Emotional eating as a coping mechanism can lead to weight gain and exacerbate feelings of depression. The gut microbiota, which is influenced by the foods we eat, plays a role in overall health and may differ between healthy individuals and those with depression. Supporting gut health with nutrient-rich, whole foods can benefit neurotransmitter production and improve mood.

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