Depression is classified as a mood disorder. It may be described as feelings of sadness, loss, or anger that interfere with a person’s everyday activities. People experience depression in different ways. It may interfere with your daily work, resulting in lost time and lower productivity. It also can influence relationships and some chronic health conditions.

Your brain is actually floating in a soup of chemicals. Different glands produce different chemicals in your brain to signal the neurons. When you are exercising or doing something healthy you enjoy your brain releases chemicals that tell your conscious mind, the part of your mind that makes decisions, "this is good, keep it up."

Diet is such an important component of mental health that it has inspired an entire field of medicine called nutritional psychiatry.  Whatever your dietary preferences, there are a variety of options that can provide mood-boosting benefits. This isn't to say that you need to overhaul your eating habits and only consume these foods, but being conscious of which foods impact your mood can help you better manage symptoms of depression.

You can lessen their destructive effect by eating foods rich in antioxidants, including:

· Beta-carotene: apricots, broccoli, cantaloupe, carrots, collards, peaches, pumpkin, spinach, sweet potato

· Vitamin C: blueberries, broccoli, grapefruit, kiwi, oranges, peppers, potatoes, strawberries, tomato.

· Vitamin E: margarine, nuts and seeds, vegetable oils, wheat germ.

· Good sources of healthy proteins include beans and peas, lean beef, low-fat cheese, fish, milk, poultry, soy products, and yogurt.

· Select Selenium-rich foods like Beans and legumes, Lean meat (lean pork and beef, skinless chicken and turkey), Low-fat dairy products, Nuts and seeds (particularly brazil nuts - but no more than one or two a day because of their high selenium content, Seafood (oysters, clams, sardines, crab, saltwater fish, and freshwater fish). Chamomile tea can also be added to the diet.

Our bodies interact with the foods we eat, and the choices we make each day can impact our body's ability to function at its best. Although there is no specific diet that has been proven to alleviate depression, we can see that there are plenty of nutrient-rich foods that can help to keep our brains healthy. It is a good idea to talk with your medical provider before making significant changes to your diet.