Depression, Caroline Hudson, Joanne discussed on Dishing Up Nutrition
Good morning. Carolyn it's good to be here with you today and my name. is joanne. right out. And i've been a registered and licensed i- titian for more than thirty years. I worked at courage center for about twenty five years before i came to nutritional weight and wellness so i worked with many clients who were suffering from depression and today i work with many clients were experiencing peri menopause or menopause and they are experiencing a different type of depression so the common thread of all types of depression is the foods you eat can affect your depression and you know the thirty years ago. Nobody was connecting food choices or diet to depression. They weren't connecting food choices to a lot of things right. A lot of people still don't. Yeah so i really agree with joanne. So back then when we both started our careers right wasn't anyone who is connecting. What people eight depression so good morning everyone. I'm caroline hudson and joanna. And i have a couple of things in common. I've also been a registered and licensed citation for more than thirty years and as dietitians over the years. We have both seen extreme swings in nutrition advice. I think back to extreme. Yeah so everything from telling people that eggs are bad for you right well and i still hear that from many of my clients because the doctors are still telling them that some doctors. Yeah telling them that they should now. Oh yeah it's okay. Have several eggs weekly to support your brain function. So in recent years researchers found that eggs from hans <hes>. That rome out in the pasture grass and worms that those eggs contain a special fat. That helps your brain function better. That fat is one of the omega. Three fatty acids called d. h. a. So this is also found in breast milk and from algae that eat fish. So that's one of the reasons way. Breastfeeding is so important. Yes absolutely and you may notice with those eggs that are have come from pastured. Eggs that <hes>. Pastured chickens that the yoke is orange. Yeah they'll added a deeper color. Yes yes and that's a sign of a really good egg so you may want to remember that fact so today we will focus on the brain and the relationship between depression and your diet so recently you may have seen the following headlines. Depression triples in the us adults amid covid nineteen stressors. I can so believed that this has been a very stressful time for everyone <hes>. So this was reported because of the findings <hes>. In a study published in the journal of the american medical association this study found that twenty eight percent of adults reported having symptoms of depression since the start of corona virus <hes>. Pandemic compared to only eight and a half percent before covid nineteen. Well that's amazing. So that's a twenty percent increase anchor for at least four times as much. Yup that's a lot and during the stressful time. It is even more important to choose your food carefully to support your immune system and also to support your brain health in the past. Very few people connected their food choices to their brain health and depression and many people today understand what they eat can affect their risk of getting heart disease and most of them have also made the connection between their diet and type two diabetes and our longtime listeners. Now backed off what they eat to their aches and pains however very few people know the connection of their food choices to the deep to depression and their brain health. So when i asked clients experiencing depression what do i what do you eat. They often reply. I'm just not motivated. So i often eat anything. That's handy maybe fast food. Maybe junk food because i'm too tired to cook and i see that in front of me all the time. My son often. He does over from anxiety and depression often makes three corn dogs for breakfast. Oh boy and a pizza for dinner. So there's a lot of inflammation there. But he doesn't want to hear what i think about that and how it may affect him. Yeah i've been seeing long lines at the fast food places. I'm just i'm stunned. Every time i drive bri especially around the lunch hour or the dinner hour. I see these long lines of cars out into the street from the drive thru brazi. Well and it's just not you know about what's happening with with. We see so many people in that age range that are really kind of living on fast exactly so one of my clients shared that she basically lives on coke every day and grabs food at the nearest fast food place and her diet is totally lacking in nutrients so the nutrients these are needed for her brain function and her basically is made up of inflammatory and damaging foods full of sugar and of course those refined oils remember those oils. We are brain as a lot of fat so we don't want that oil wells in our diet and many food chemicals and food is. This is often that type of diet that many people have lived on for years. And it's a diet totally void of critical nutrients for brain function <hes>. So i like to compare it to this. You know if you don't put gasoline in your car. You're driving down the highway and what's going to happen. You're going to run out of gas. And i you know it starts to sputter a little bit and then it slowly dies because it no longer has any gas in the tank so the same thing actually happens with our brain only we can call it fatigue and depression when we're out of gas right so it's just amazing. It is amazing and that's a really good analogy so it's so true in again in the past. The cause of depression was thought of. I remember learning this. When i was occurred center listening to in services about the topic it was a biochemical problem was a biochemical imbalance or maybe it was a genetic problem or even that the depression was emotionally wooded such as having a poor childhood but not surprising to us. Is that many studies now have found. Poor nutrition plays a key role. Not only in the onset of depression but also the severity of the depression. Plus the length of time. The depression will go on so currently because of the extra stress. We are living with dude kobe. Nineteen it's really important to feed our brain the key nutrients your brain needs to counter. Act your current stress. So if you don't understand what your brain needs to avoid depression. How can you possibly achieve and maintain good brain functioning and be free of depression. So what are some of those brain nutrients it may surprise you that these nutrients come from food and not medication.