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Sattvik foods to eat during depression phase!

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What is Depression Actually?

A constant sense of hopelessness and despair is a sign you may have major depression, also known as clinical depression. 

Major depressive disorder affects approximately 14.8 million American adults, or about 6.7 percent of the U.S. population age 18 and older, in a given years.

Women experience depression at twice the rate of men. This 2:1 ratio exists regardless of racial or ethnic background or economic status. The lifetime prevalence of major depression is 20-26% for women and 8-12% for men. (Journal of the American Medical Association, 1996).

Those symptoms might include:

  • loss of energy almost every day
  • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt almost every day
  • Impaired concentration, indecisiveness
  • loss of sleep or hypersomnia (excessive sleeping) almost every day
  • Markedly decreased interest or pleasure in almost all activities nearly every day 
  • Restlessness or feeling slowed down
  • Recurring thoughts of death or suicide
  • Significant loss of weight or gain 

According to Ayurveda ,

 A weak Sadhaka Agni, that inner fire which is responsible for ‘digesting’ or processing emotions, is to blame.

Concept The term Agni is best represented by biological fire. Agni is vital at physiological and pathological levels. Just as we take food stuffs to feed ourselves for nutrition, the so called digestive fire also require constant feeding so as to carry out various biochemical pathways going on in our body.

 Many of the patients suffering from depression, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar disorder, and insomnia have digestive disturbances creating inflammation, which intensifies these mental health issues, Their symptoms improve when we heal the gut.

Some experts have dubbed the digestive tract your “second brain” because it’s so sensitive to your emotions.

Around 95% of the body’s serotonin is produced in the intestinal tract and serotonin in your brain regulates mood, in the gut, it promotes the growth of nerve cells and alerts the immune system to foreign bodies like viruses and bacteria.

Sattvik foods which makes your sadhak Agni stronger:

•fresh, organic fruit and vegetables
•Whole grains and nuts
•Dairy products such as milk and ghee
•Beans and lentils
•Plant based oil- sesame oil for best results
•Mild sweet foods like fruit sugar and honey
•Spices like basil, coriander, ginger, turmeric.

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