Depression in Perimenopause: Eat Your Way Out of It

by Magnolia on March 17, 2013

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You have to admit. Eating your way out of anything just can’t be bad. Especially if it can help you manage health challenges like depression in perimenopause – and it will.

In my last post I told you there is a direct correlation between a woman’sestrogen levels and the serotonin levels in her brain. I also told you that serotonin is the primary brain chemical which regulates mood. Without proper levels of serotonin, depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders can be a real problem for women in perimenopause.

In our pharmaceutical-driven medical economy, many healthcare providers would have you believe that simply taking antidepressants is all the help you need to deal with depression in perimenopause. But as you have certainly learned from me by now, I whole-heartedly disagree. While I do believe antidepressants have their place at times, I do not believe they should be the first line of defense in treating depression in women going through perimenopause.

Eating should be.

It might surprise you to learn – and it certainly raised my eyebrows – that roughly 72 percent of all the serotonin in our body is found in our intestinal tract. However, in order for our body to produce it, we have to eat the right foods, e.g., foods which supply amino acids, the basic building blocks of serotonin.

But before I go any further, let me say this: I don’t always take my own advice. I sincerely know how hard it is to change bad eating habits. I also know that if you are struggling with depression in perimenopause(among the many other symptoms) changing your eating habits can feel like an insurmountable task.

But it’s not, especially if you start small. The key is to not let your feelings – and in this case, depressive feelings – dictate your decisions. Make a decision to make one small change over a period of time, no matter how you feel. That’s the only way you will get yourself out of depression.

Trust me on that one. I know of what I speak.

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