Hi, my name is Charlotte Skiles. I’m a nutrition
consultant and a clinical herbalist and founder of Eat in Peace Wellness Consulting. And today,
I’m going to talk to you about depression, whey protein, and bananas. They’re seemingly
unrelated, but there is actually a thought process behind these. So the idea here is
that whey protein has amino acids in it that are very easily absorbed, and those amino
acids act as precursors to our neurotransmitters in our brain that affect our mood. So with
depression, clearly, there’s a tendency towards not feeling well, not feeling like doing life,
and when you use something like whey protein, you’re giving your body the amino acids in
the form of precursors to the neurotransmitters that would then make you feel more happy…happier.
Now, the idea with bananas is that there is a small amount of tryptophan in bananas, which
is the specific amino acid that is a precursor to serotonin, which is the anti-depressant
neurotransmitter. So I’ve got a little bit of a different idea there with the banana.
The study that they base this on where they gave basically bananas to depressed people
and the depressed people reported feeling better, I think that a banana would probably
make anybody feel better. It is a healthy food for most people, unless you’ve got blood
sugar disregulation in your system. So those are my thoughts regarding depression, whey
protein, and bananas.