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grains, dairy and depression

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 29, 2012 at 2:21 PM

do you think removing these foods could help with depression, it seems that when i include them in my diet, tend to isolate myself

any ideas or tips?

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on October 29, 2012
at 09:42 PM

Great comment indeed. To OP though, would you say you are someone suffering with chronic depression? I sometimes have tendencies towards depression and anxiety as well, and for me, diet can really make a difference. I've found a link in myself between dairy and depression, gluten tends to give me anxiety. Properly prepared non-glutenous grains often make me feel great though. Supplementation with magnesium also makes a huge difference in my mood.

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on October 29, 2012
at 05:51 PM

thks you, great comment!

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on October 29, 2012
at 04:14 PM

and it doesn't hurt to try, and just see if it helps!!

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on October 29, 2012
at 05:00 PM

I've been a committed paleo eater for almost five years now, and while many, many things have cleared up, gone away or somewhat improved for me, chronic depression is not one of those things.

I know that most people do experience general overall mood improvements the longer they stay committed to eating well and healthy, but unfortunately paleo is not a cure-all for everybody.

That said, it will take time to work out for yourself what's harming you when you eat it, the "hacker" part of "paleohacker" involves a lot of self-experimentation, trial elimination and possible mistakes made along the way -- but it's absolutely worth it. And I wish you the best of luck, you're on the right track as far as I'm concerned.

E565e11cf32b38ab1f45086c1e0205f7

(613)

on October 29, 2012
at 09:42 PM

Great comment indeed. To OP though, would you say you are someone suffering with chronic depression? I sometimes have tendencies towards depression and anxiety as well, and for me, diet can really make a difference. I've found a link in myself between dairy and depression, gluten tends to give me anxiety. Properly prepared non-glutenous grains often make me feel great though. Supplementation with magnesium also makes a huge difference in my mood.

2e1591c76896828077b930de5107f1af

on October 29, 2012
at 05:51 PM

thks you, great comment!

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on October 29, 2012
at 02:52 PM

Yes there is an association between certain foods and depression. Tip: if they make you feel bad, don't eat those items.

Can double check by eliminating for 30 days and reintroducing (in the case of dairy), seeing if symptoms persist. Placebo effect can also be quite strong, but doesn't take away from the fact that you will feel better if you eliminate it and the symptoms go away.

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/evolutionary-psychiatry/201108/wheat-and-serious-mental-illness

http://www.depressiontreatmentworks.org/dairydepression.html

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on October 29, 2012
at 03:11 PM

I can attest to this...I struggled w/ unusual bouts of anger and self-harm for months..sleepiness after eating on top of it. Once I eliminated gluten, dairy and grains - all of this went away. My moods are back to normal.

872e070c104d70d10d2bd79602c3940b

(60)

on October 29, 2012
at 04:14 PM

and it doesn't hurt to try, and just see if it helps!!

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