One specific patient of Dr. Ramsey's revealed how he ate three dozen oysters over the weekend after the seafood was suggested to treat depression and anxiety, with Ramsey stating: “You’re the only person I’ve prescribed them to who came back and said he ate 36!”
Also having cut down of processed and fried food, the patient Dr. Ramsey had seen revealed that: “It’s one part of the whole package that helps alleviate my depression and helps me to feel better.”
Shellfish, however, is not the only type of food that he admires, he believes that a poor diet can majorly impact depression, often telling his patients to eat better in order to improve their mental health.
So what does Dr. Ramsey suggest for those struggling with mental health problems?
- 'Eat the Rainbow'
Make sure you are getting a variety of colourful fruit and vegetables and tick off the rainbow to help get as varied as possible, from peppers, blueberries, sweet potatoes, kale and tomatoes. These are high in phytonutrients which reduce inflammation in the body, as well as the brain.
- Try a Mediterranean diet
This diet has whole grains, legumes and seafood which are high in fibre and offer population of healthy bacteria in the gut. This can also produce serotonin, boosting your mood.
- Find what foods make you happy
Samantha Elkrief is the food coach who assists Dr. Ramsey, and suggests that you need to understand what food makes you feel, reports The New York Times: “I want to help people find the foods that give them joy, that make them feel good. It’s about slowing down and becoming more mindful, noticing your body, noticing how you feel when you eat certain foods.”