Walter Payton is the subject of a new book coming out chronicling his life as a football player called Sweetness: The Enigmatic Life of Walter Payton written by Jeff Pearlman, a former “Sports Illustrated” senior writer. The book not only talks about his 13-year career with the Chicago Bears but also chronicles his depression and drug use post-career. Pearlman even goes on to state that Payton suffered bouts of depression so severe he contemplated suicide at one point after falling into a spiral of drug addiction and loneliness.
If you feel like you too might suffer from depression, you might want to think about changing up your diet, here are some things to include:
- Antioxidants: The antioxidants in fruits and vegetables keep a pep in your step.
- Folate: Low blood levels of folate may increase risk of depression. Folate is involved in the synthesis of neurotransmitters in our brains, so low levels of folate means lower levels of the chemicals which keep our brains working properly. And why folate can reduce risk of brain atrophy and Alzheimer’s. Folate-rich foods include: asparagus, spinach, beef liver, fortified cereals, avocado and broccoli.
- Omega-3 fatty acids: Fish oil also has been shown to keep the blues away. Oily fishes such as salmon, anchovies and sardines are all good choices for some omega-3s.
It’s important to know that depression is a serious problem; if you or someone you know suffers from depression there is help available from people who are willing to listen.