Depression and the Ketogenic diet

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Our current lifestyles and daily diets are filled with processed foods, fast foods and generally very have little health benefits. This in turn has seen the increase of mental disorders such as depression and anxiety.

One of the many questions being asked is that of the ketogenic diet and depression and if it is and something that improves or worsens depression.

What is depression?

Depression is a real illness that is caused by changes in the brains chemistry. Research shows that many factors can contribute to this; genetics, changes in hormone levels or even stress and difficulties in our lives.  There is not proof however that a ketogenic diet and depression are linked directly.

Being mindful

Ensure that you have done all your research before going onto a ketogenic diet.  You need to make sure that you are feeding your body with all the nutrients needed to keep you brain well supplied with nourishment and its chemical balances in place.

What foods will help?

Foods that are rich in Omega-3 fats are a must. Here you can add loads of fish to your daily diet. Seafood’s are one of the richest stores of Omega-3.

Changing it up

It is important to remember that when you change from your current eating plan to a ketogenic diet there are going to me a number of changes you experience.  One may even be the feeling of being depressed.

This is not necessarily depression as your body may have flue like symptoms and you may be tired and generally feeling down – this will pass. It is not depression you dealing with but rather changes in your system to something new.  If it continues speak to your doctor.

 

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