Depression affects twice as many women as men and over a lifetime up to 20 percent of
the population will suffer. Symptoms include bad moods, lack of energy, low sex drive,
poor appetite and difficulty sleeping. During the winter months it is estimated that
500,000 people will suffer from seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a form of
depression caused by lack of sunlight which affects brain chemistry.
The charity Depression Alliance research suggests that people with low levels of
essential fatty acids (EFA) are more prone to depression. Ensuring the body accumulate
sufficient EFA, found in oily fish such as mackerel, sardines and herring is a good
first step. Check out our nutrition page.
Exercise is also helpful in fighting depression, activity produces much-needed
endorphins and the physical exertion promotes better sleep and rest.