Are You Really Depressed Or Just Malnourished?
Did you know that you’re 15 times more likely to be depressed if you’re malnourished than if you’re not?
That’s right. A study with 370 elderly participants found that those who wet malnourished were 15 times more likely to be depressed than others. Why?
Depression is influenced by an imbalance of neurotransmitters, including dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine. There are also many nutrients that are critical for optimal brain function and health, including both mood and memory.
This includes omega-3 fatty acids, iron, vitamin D, folate, iodine, zinc, B-vitamins and various amino acids in addition to the major macronutrients, carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. Deficiencies in any of these nutrients can directly influence mood disorders like depression, and potentially decrease effectiveness of antidepressant therapy for depression.
For someone who may be dealing with an eating disorder and abnormal eating habits, the resulting malnutrition and nutrient deficiency can contribute to depression.
So before you blame yourself for how you’ve been feeling lately, ask yourself - Have I been eating right to begin with?