The rate of depression among millennials is increasing each year. Over 40 percent of college students have symptoms of depression. The risk of depression affects our diets, some people connecting emotions with food. It’s not usually in a healthy way either.
Adhering to a healthy diet has many known benefits including low risk factors for obesity, better heart health, and higher energy levels. Processed sugary foods, on the other hand, jolt our systems, causing us to rely on junk food to lift our spirits when we’re down.
It’s almost counterintuitive to believe that spinach or broccoli may hold the key to staving off depression, but hey 20somethings, this health advice is one we should actually follow.
A study was done on how much value healthier diets have. All food were evaluated by a score — food with more fats, processed sugars, etc., produced negative score values while vegetable, grain, omegas, and nuts scored positive.
No surprise, healthier foods showed more positive effects on depression. This doesn’t mean stuffing your face with healthy foods, but your basic five leafy servings a day.
Your 20something tips to battle depression via your healthy diet
- Carrots are better than Cheetos. If you’re going to emotionally binge eat, make it celery and hummus instead of a dozen doughnuts (it’s tempting, but you can do it).
- Use the food pyramid you learned in 5th grade health class, it’s actually an awesome guide. Use it to keep away the blue days as well.
- Educate yourself on depression. Understand the symptoms, and eat accordingly to decrease your chances.
- Take mental health very seriously, you shouldn’t find out when it’s too late.