World Health Day

Who are WHO? WHO stands for World Health Organization, and their ‘goal is to build a better, healthier future for people all over the world. Working through offices in more than 150 countries, WHO staff work side by side with governments and other partners to ensure the highest attainable level of health for all people.’

WHO have a World Health Day on 7th April, and this year they are focusing on Depression: Let’s Talk.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • 1 in 10 people at some point in their life will have suffered from depression
  • Around 4% of children aged 5 to 16 in the UK are anxious or depressed
  • People of all ages, backgrounds, lifestyles and nationalities can suffer from depression
  • Up to 80% of suicide deaths are in sufferers of major depression

There are many ways to combat depression, for example, counselling, CBT and/or medication. But a good diet and healthy foods is also very crucial in creating higher energy levels and a sharper mental focus. A few foods that help fight depression are:

Turkey: Most lean sources of protein are good for helping fight depression, but turkey in particular because it has high levels of a chemical called tryptophan – it simulates serotonin production (a natural feel-good chemical your body produces)

Fish: Mackerel, salmon and tuna all are high in omega-3 fatty acids, which is not only a brain-boosting property but also good for overall health as well.

Dark Chocolate: Dark chocolate helps to release serotonin and relaxes the blood vessels of the cardiovascular system, but everything in moderation!

Green Tea: Green tea is incredibly rich in antioxidants, especially in an amino acid known as theanine. Theanine, which is found naturally in tea leaves, helps to de-stress and relax, and therefore this ‘relaxed alertness’ is not found in coffee drinkers.

 

Here is a quick and easy recipe for cooking salmon!

Preheat your oven to 190 °C. Grab a baking tray and line it with tin foil, then place your salmon on the tin foil. Thinly slice one clove of garlic and spread evenly on the salmon. Thinly slice a lemon (as much as you prefer) and place evenly on the salmon. Place thin strips of butter on the salmon and finally season with salt and pepper. Cover the salmon with tin foil and make sure it is tightly wrapped otherwise the steam will escape making it dry! Place in the oven. Check it’s cooked by making sure the temperature reads 60 °C on your Thermapen.

Extras:

A few simple extras we love are steamed broccoli and carrots, and also some baby potatoes cut into slices and fried!

 

Thank you for taking the time to read our blog post. We know and understand that simple tasks can be very tiring and daunting. Please click here for more information on the WHO website about depression http://www.who.int/campaigns/world-health-day/2017/en/ . If you need to talk to someone, please do and click on this link which will re-direct you to the NHS list of phone numbers, where there will be someone more than happy to talk to you (and help you seek help if needed):

http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/Pages/mental-health-helplines.aspx

 

For more information about WHO please click here: http://www.who.int/en/ .

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