I’m often asked, what vitamins are good for stress and depression – There’s no doubt about this, what we eat and drink affects how we feel. The more nutritious the food and drink that we consume, the better we will feel.
Keeping your gut healthy is very important, as this is directly linked to your brain. You can do this by eating probiotic yoghurt and fermented / pickled vegetables.
Try to cut right down on sugar, as eating too much sugar will drain your brain of healthy nutrients, making you feel tired and depressed. Try to avoid all junk food.
Eating foods rich in omega-3 such as cold water fatty, oily fish like mackerel, salmon and sardines can help promote brain health and fight depression and anxiety. Hemp seeds / flax seeds and walnuts are also good sources of omega-3.
There’s always the option of taking a good quality fish oil supplement, high in omega-3. This is the omega 3 supplement that I take:
Another good supplement to take whilst on, or coming off psych meds, is ginko biloba, as it promotes good blood circulation in the brain. This is the gingko biloba supplement I take:
Magnesium is great to sooth the nervous system, click on the image below to view the magnesium supplement that I take:
Last supplement recommendation! Milk thistle is often promoted for its liver-protecting effects. Our livers can take a pounding when we consume medications! Below is a link to the Milk Thistle supplement that I take:
Drink filtered water whenever you can (tap water can contain some pretty nasty things such as chlorine / medications / bacteria / not to mention that it’s probably passed through other peoples systems!).
Fresh and seasonal foods are always the best.
One last thing to bear in mind when thinking about what vitamins are good for stress and depression: I’ve noticed that even with a healthy diet, some psych meds can interrupt the body’s natural metabolism. So don’t get too upset if you change your diet for the better and start doing more exercise, yet can’t seem to shift that excess weight, keep going – I finally managed to lose my excess weight (10kg in 3 months), and you can do it too!
I’d be very interested to hear from you about any food and drinks that you may consume, that help make you feel better.