Depression

For when it’s beyond a bad day: Learn more about symptoms and what you can do to overcome depression. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.

The right diet is the key to managing many diseases and to improving general quality of life. For this condition, scientific research has found benefit in the following healthy eating tips.

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Feast on fish People who eat diets high in omega-3 fatty acids from fish have a lower incidence of depression and suicide.
Watch the sugar and caffeine Restricting sugar and caffeine has been reported to elevate mood in some studies. People may want to avoid caffeine and sugar for one week to see how it affects their mood.
Ask about insulin sensitivity People with major depression may have insensitivity to insulin and impaired glucose tolerance. A doctor can diagnose this and initiate appropriate treatment.
Uncover your allergies Although research has produced mixed results, studies have shown that food allergies can trigger mental symptoms, including depression. An elimination diet can help identify sensitivities.

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The information presented in Aisle7 is for informational purposes only. It is based on scientific studies (human, animal, or in vitro), clinical experience, or traditional usage as cited in each article. The results reported may not necessarily occur in all individuals. Self-treatment is not recommended for life-threatening conditions that require medical treatment under a doctor's care. For many of the conditions discussed, treatment with prescription or over the counter medication is also available. Consult your doctor, practitioner, and/or pharmacist for any health problem and before using any supplements or before making any changes in prescribed medications. Information expires June 2015.