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Diet Plan for Patients of Depression

Depression is the most common of all emotional disorders. Some common symptoms of depression are; loss of appetite, giddiness, constipation, low body temperature, low blood pressure and body aches.

The excessive intake of carbohydrates, white sugar, coffee, tea and less consumption of fruits and vegetables lead to indigestion. Due to indigestion gases are produced in the digestive tract. This in turn reduces the supply of oxygen to tissues which raises the level of carbon dioxide thus causing depression.

Diet Chart for Depression


To Consume

To Avoid

  • Spinach
  • Green onions
  • Squash
  • Carrots
  • Beetroots
  • Tomatoes
  • Radishes
  • Yams
  • Beans, especially lima beans


To Consume

To Avoid

  • Bananas
  • Apples
  • Pears
  • Dark grapes
  • Apricots
  • Plums
  • Strawberries
  • Beetroot
  • Citrus fruits
  • Figs
  • Pomegranate
  • Dates
  • Lime
  • Guava

Other foods

To Consume

To Avoid

  • Whole wheat
  • Brown rice
  • Soybeans
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Beans
  • Eggs
  • Honey
  • Nuts
  • Dairy products
  • Buttermilk
  • Wheat germ
  • Water
  • Lentils
  • Dried fruits like apricots, prunes and raisins
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • White bread
  • Sugar
  • Desserts
  • Cocoa
  • Other beverages that contain tannic acid
  • Spicy food
  • Tobacco
  • Alcohol
  • Refined flour(Maida)
  • Pickles

Important Tips to Treat Depression

The various tips for the treatment of depression to lead a healthy living are the following:

  • Having proper sleep and adequate rest.
  • Drink 8-10 glasses of water daily.
  • Practicing yoga, pranayama, meditation for maintaining fitness
  • Indulge in some active hobby.
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