The old adage is true: you are what you eat. Even if you try to eat well, there are some ingredients in modern food that can be problematic for people prone to depression and anxiety.
For instance, the government requires food manufacturers to add synthetic folic acid to processed foods. The problem with that, is that more than half the population has a genetic mutation known as MTHFR that doesn’t allow them to process this food additive well. You may want to look into getting tested for this, or you can simply avoid foods with synthetic folic acid.
Other ingredients in food may also contribute to mental health symptoms like: casein (dairy) or gluten (wheat). The pesticides that are sprayed on fruits and vegetables may also be problematic for your body.
Some diets that have been successful for people with mood disorders include:
- The paleo diet
- The GAPS diet
- Clean eating,
- Gerson therapy and many others
It may also be helpful to get tested for food allergies so you can avoid foods that cause inflammation. Everyone is different, so getting to know what works for your body is crucial.