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This One Vegan Food Can Lift Nutritional Depression

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Have you ever thought about what it means to be nutritionally depressed -- deprived of nutrients that help your body and your brain to function at its best? Many people on improper diets have nutritional depression, but there's one vegan food that can help reverse the condition, and that is the sweet potato.


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What is Depression?

If you do a quick Google search on the word "depression" you would likely see the following: “Possible causes of depression include a combination of biological, psychological, and social sources of distress. Increasingly, research suggests these factors may cause changes in brain function, including altered activity of certain neural circuits in the brain.”

You might even get this definition of depression: “The persistent feeling of sadness or loss of interest that characterizes major depression can lead to a range of behavioral and physical symptoms. These may include changes in sleep, appetite, energy level, concentration, daily behavior, or self-esteem. Depression can also be associated with thoughts of suicide.”

What Does It Really Mean To Be Depressed?

We know what it means to be depressed emotionally, or at least we think we do according to the definitions above – feeling down, sad, unmotivated, hopeless and suicidal is the usual definition of depression, but what if there were another meaning for feeling depressed? What if you were experiencing high and low emotions but were depressed nutritionally? What would that look like?

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Take a Look At Your Lifetime Diet

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Lets say you have been eating lousy your entire life. You were raised on baby formula, then transitioned onto boxed cereals and jarred food. When you were a toddler, you were fed milk, processed foods, sweets, fast foods, hot dogs, chicken nuggets and mac and cheese each day. Rarely did you eat fruits and vegetables and as a result, had frequent tantrums, constipation, poor sleep and every childhood disease in the book. You may have even had your tonsils taken out. When the teenage years rolled around, you continued to eat more junk. You also may have had a hard time coping with stress or fitting in at school.

Your parents, guidance counselor, teacher, or practitioner may have suggested that you have depression. You may have gone from doctor to doctor. You may have even gone on medication, but still ate a crappy diet.

Nutritional Depression Happens Over Time

Nutritional depression is a condition that is years in the making. As the body works for years and years against a deficient diet this effects the body on a cellular level. Our bodies normally make molecules called free radicals, but these in excess can lead to cell damage, aging, and other problems. When cells don’t get what they need, they can’t repair themselves efficiently or well. That being said, the body’s cells become unable to repair themselves completely or correctly due to nutritionally deficiencies and can cause an overall disruption or "depression" in your health, and mood. This is nutritional depression.

While unhealthy eating promotes depression and vice versa, it is a cyclical process. But very often, by adopting the proper diet you can reverse nutritional depression, especially when you’re eating more of the right foods. One such food that has shown promise is the sweet potato.

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Sweet Potatoes Are Great For Nutritional Depression.

One food to eat more of if you’re feeling nutritionally depressed is the sweet potato. Not just one sweet potato a month -- but a sweet potato every day for ninety days along with a more natural plant-based diet can help make a difference in your overall health.

In contrast to a poor diet high in free radicals, sweet potatoes are high in anti-oxidants such as beta-carotene, vitamins E and C and some varieties even contains small traces of vitamin D. The sweet potato even boasts a good amount of the minerals iron, manganese and potassium. The sweet potato has been found to be a nervous system calming food. The sweet potato is vegan and has been hailed as an anti-stress food, known to relax the muscles, ease anxiety, and to create balance of cognitive function.
Why Diet Is So Important

Conveniently, there's no specific diet that's been proven to relieve depression, yet many are discovering that eating better makes them feel happier and less nutritionally depressed. Like a wilted plant that gets the vital nutrients it needs to grow, this uplift has to do with the body getting what it needs nutritionally at a cellular level. Eating a diet high in plant-based, vegan foods such as fruits and vegetables that includes eating sweet potatoes every day, can help to take you out of your nutritional depression for good.