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Can Optimal Nutrition Make You Happier?

Updated: Aug 12, 2023

Depression affects millions all over the globe everyday. The cause varies from person to person, but one thing is for sure, it is a disease of the brain. While there are various methods to help with depression, recent research has shown that providing your brain and body with proper nutrients is a way to prevent and treat depression.

A lack of nutrition can lead to an imbalance in the brain chemicals that control mood, energy, and appetite. This means that not getting enough of the right nutrients can actually cause or worsen depression symptoms.

So how do you make sure you’re eating right? Here are some key nutrients to focus on:

-Folate: This B vitamin is important for the proper function of neurotransmitters, which are responsible for sending messages between nerve cells. A folate deficiency has been linked to depression. Good sources of folate include leafy green vegetables, legumes, nuts, and seeds.

-Omega-3 fatty acids: These healthy fats play a role in brain development and function. They’re also involved in the production of neurotransmitters like serotonin, which is associated with mood regulation. Omega-3s have been shown to help treat symptoms of depression and may even help prevent it. Good sources of omega-3s include fatty fish like salmon and tuna, as well as flaxseeds, chia seeds, and walnuts.

-Vitamin B6: This nutrient is involved in the production of neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine, which are associated with mood regulation. A vitamin B6 deficiency has been linked to depression. Good sources of vitamin B6 include poultry, fish, potatoes, starchy vegetables, and non-citrus fruits.

-Vitamin D: This nutrient is important for bone health, but it also plays a role in brain function. A vitamin D deficiency has been linked to an increased risk of depression. Good sources of vitamin D include fatty fish, mushrooms, eggs, and fortified foods like milk and cereal.

Making sure you’re getting enough of these key nutrients can help improve your mood and overall mental health. So, next time you’re feeling down, reach for foods that will help boost your mood and nutrition!

Here at The Holistic Ape, we are three holistic health coaches based out of the beautiful Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Our holistic viewpoint is designed to support you in balancing your mind, body, spirit, and soul. Our holistic method of wellness allows us to help you discover the root cause of what is holding you back from feeling your best. Learn more at


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