Should You Eat When You’re Feeling Down? Should You Eat When You’re Feeling Down

Should You Eat When You're Feeling Down
Should You Eat When You're Feeling Down

“I have no appetite because of worries”, “I feel depressed and have anorexia”… Anyone can lose their appetite due to depression due to mental illness or stress. On the other hand, there are also surprising reports that people who tend to be obese are more likely to be depressed. I will explain how to deal with anorexia, how to think about it, the nutrients that should be taken in meals, and precautions.

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Lack of appetite/feeling depressed and anorexia… Is it possible to lift your mood with meals?

It’s normal for everyone to feel depressed. When I feel depressed, I don’t even have an appetite, and I wonder if I should force myself to eat something to lift my mood. It seems that some people think that there is no food.

I would like to introduce you to some ingredients that will lift your depressed mood, but unfortunately, there are no ingredients that will immediately relieve your depressed mood. Of course, it’s a matter of taste, and some people say, “If you eat your favorite food, you’ll feel better!”

Also, if the inability to eat due to lack of appetite is temporary, there is nothing to overdo it, but there are more than a few times when you feel “hungry and in a bad mood.” If it’s just a mental thing and you don’t have symptoms like indigestion and you’re not in a bad physical condition, I think it’s better to eat whatever you can.

This time, I would like to talk about the relationship between feelings and food, and about nutrition, which is important for stabilizing feelings, although there is no immediate effect.

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People who are depressed or easily depressed tend to have too much appetite

I just affirmed the method of “eating your favorite food to lift your mood”, but surprisingly, those who cite eating their favorite food as a way to cheer up tend to feel depressed. There are many.

I think that many people imagine a thin person with a thin diet when they say “a person who is easily depressed.” However, in reality, it is said that people who tend to overeat and are overweight are more likely to feel depressed. In addition, there are reports that people who are easily depressed and who are suffering from depression or chronic stress have a higher prevalence of lifestyle-related diseases. These may be cases where food has become a stress reliever in a bad form.

So, why is it easy to gain weight when you are depressed or stressed? When you feel depressed or stressed, you tend to have insomnia symptoms, such as having trouble falling asleep or having a shallow sleep. Insomnia can lead to disordered lifestyles, and chronic disordered lifestyles can lead to a lifestyle that is prone to lifestyle-related diseases.

In fact, when comparing a group of healthy people and a group of depressed people, men with a BMI of 1 degree (BMI 25-30) and women with an obesity degree of 2 (BMI > 30) were more likely to be depressed. There is a report that there were many in the group. In contrast, underweight with BMI <18.5 did not seem to differ in proportion. For more information, see the paper citing this report, ” Nutritional Abnormalities in Depressed Patients ” (PDF).

Furthermore, the group of depressed people has lower HDL cholesterol and higher triglycerides than the group of healthy people, pointing out that there may be some relationship between depression and metabolic syndrome. has also been I think there are many people who thought that thin people are more prone to depression, but this is a surprising result.

Of course, the cause of depression and stress in the first place may be hard work that prevents you from maintaining a healthy rhythm of life. It may be difficult to find out where the trigger is, but in any case, I want to cut off the causes and vicious circles that lead to poor health.

Nutrients to prevent and improve depression and depression

If there is a relationship between depression and metabolic syndrome as described above, it is thought that eating a diet to prevent obesity will have a certain effect on depression and other depression.

In order to prevent metabolic syndrome, it is recommended that “ “Refill rice” is the source of metabolic syndrome! Tips for eating in your 30s ”, “ Foods that make you fat and how to eat to gain weight…Causes of diet failure ” , “What you should not eat and tips for eating in your 40s who want to lose weight ”, etc. .

Furthermore, according to the above paper, in order to prevent depression, it is recommended to take “vitamin B group”, “folic acid”, “vitamin D” and the amino acid tryptophan. Regarding folic acid, please also refer to the past article “Folic acid that men and seniors should take … For the prevention of cerebral infarction and dementia “. Interestingly, there is also a report that people who often drink green tea have fewer depression patients. It may be a good idea to choose green tea when you are tired.

Also, bananas and chocolate, which are thought to be effective for depression, are certainly effective as camphor drugs to raise the blood sugar level in the brain when you are tired. Unfortunately, you can’t expect much from it. There are some reports that tryptophan, which is also contained in bananas, increases serotonin, but 100g of banana contains 59mg of tryptophan, while 100g of rice contains 220mg. It seems that it is not particularly common in bananas. As mentioned above, it is important to have a well-balanced diet.

What is important for mental health, not just diet and eating habits

There are things other than diet that are important for relieving depression and preventing depression. If possible, try to identify the cause of your depressed mood and think fundamentally about how to deal with the problem and how to distance yourself from it. There are various reasons for feeling depressed, such as work, relationships, and family relationships. It’s also important to think about it.

You can also try out stress-relief techniques that you enjoy, such as singing out loud or playing sports. As a simple method that anyone can do, it may feel like a classic, but it is also effective to always try to be exposed to the morning sun in the morning. When you are exposed to the morning sun, a signal is sent to your brain saying, “It’s morning!” If you eat breakfast in this state, your life rhythm will be further adjusted. Breakfast is not only a source of energy in the morning, but it is also important for adjusting the biorhythm.

In addition, the prevention of depression, including depression, often overlaps with the prevention of obesity and metabolic syndrome. The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare also considers depression to be an extremely important health problem and seems to be strengthening support, but mental illness is not visible, so it is difficult to gain the understanding of those around you. By all means, I want to prevent it properly.