Thursday, September 13, 2007

Eating our Way Out of Depression

I've been struck by how many people are taking pills for depression. I know there's lots of reasons why people get depressed. I get depressed when I look at the state of health care! And some people need to take pills--especially people who are in danger of hurting themselves or others. But while they're taking their pills they can be looking at fixing the problem from the source and sometimes the source is their diet.

We need to look at a couple of things--if we're depressed for identifiable reasons; if we're grieving over a death, losing a job or a relationship, then we need to look at how much our diet is keeping us in a depressed state longer than necessary for processing the grief. If we change our diet perhaps we could have the energy to add a few positive activities to our lifestyle and turn our life around. If we can't identify a definite reason why we're depressed, then we REALLY need to look at our diet.

It's possible that the diet alone in depressing you. One aspect of diet and depression is essential fatty acids. Many people have never heard of these fats but they are crucial for the correct functioning of every organ in your body including your brain.

Take a look at my articles on and think about how diet is affecting your symptoms--whatever they are.

Take a deep breath,

Dr. Ron