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Post Natal Depression - can good eating habits help?

Post Natal Depression - can good eating habits help?

One in 10 new mothers each year will suffer from Post Natal Depression but still it remains a relatively unspoken about form of mental illness.

That’s why this week we’re proud to be supporting Shropshire - based PANDAS Foundation (Pre and Post Natal Depression Advice and Support) by helping to raise awareness of the importance of good nutrition in early motherhood.

Eating well during the first few months of having a new born is essential to maintain high energy levels but it’s even more important to eat well if you’re experiencing postnatal depression.

Fuelling your body with the right foods regularly is one of the best and easiest steps to take to help your recovery.

Making sure you eat a balanced diet of carbohydrates, essential fats and protein will prevent dips in blood sugar levels and therefore help to prevent the feelings of depression and anxiety getting worse.

Ditching processed foods and those high in sugar and replacing them with natural foods like vegetables, nuts and seeds is a great starting point.

The internet is littered with easy, quick recipes but sometimes even a five minute recipe can seem overwhelming when you’re feeling low and tired. That’s why Purition can help give you a healthy and natural boost.

Our protein shake blends are really quick and easy to prepare - in fact they can be made in less than 60 seconds and you can even do them one handed if you’ve got your little one clinging onto you.

Packed full of energy boosting goodness our shakes are ideal for breakfast, giving you a healthy start to the day.They contain 70% nuts and seeds including pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, linseeds, sesame seeds as well as sunflower kernels which contain tryptophan.

They contain 70% nuts and seeds including pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, linseeds, sesame seeds as well as sunflower kernels which contain tryptophan.

Tryptophan helps the body produce serotonin which is a chemical released in the body and is what gives us that feel good factor.

Any foods high in tryptophan can help boost mood and anxiety which is key if you’re suffering from post natal depression.

Because our products are made from 100% real wholefoods they contain no nasties and junk so are perfectly safe if you’re still breastfeeding.

If you’ve already been diagnosed with postnatal depression or suspect you may be experiencing symptoms then seek you can seek support from charity PANDAS where you will get the help you need.

In the meantime take time out to analyse your diet and work out if you can improve the nutritional value of your meals and snacks and if you think Purition may be help to help, please get in touch.

If you would like to donate to PANDAS (Pre & Post Natal Depression Advice and Support) to help them support sufferers of perinatal mental illnesses please text PANDAS £3, £5 or £10 to 70660 or visit their website for donations or further information and support. Texts cost donation amount plus network charge. PANDAS Foundation receives 100% of your donation. Obtain bill payer's permission. Customer care 01691 664275 Charity No 1149485.

Texts cost donation amount plus network charge. PANDAS Foundation receives 100% of your donation. Obtain bill payer's permission. Customer care 01691 664275 Charity No 1149485.

This entry was posted on 8th September 2016 by Lorna McCann.

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