Thoughts from a broken mind
Here are parts of three different articles on foods that cause depression in some people, remember that everyone it different. I have been looking into this a lot as I change my diet for weight loss so I don’t end up eating the wrong foods. Mike G
Foods that are grown with heavy pesticide use can be detrimental to mood and well-being. Most foods grown with pesticides are found in the fruit and vegetable section of the grocery store. The worst offenders are celery, peaches, strawberries, apples, blueberries, nectarines, sweet bell peppers, spinach, cherries, kale, potatoes and grapes. The Environmental Working Group suggests if you continue buying these fruits and vegetables, choose organic for the most nutritional benefit and least amount of pesticides.
Blood glucose levels fluctuate with the foods we eat. While sugary foods may bring comfort and short bursts of energy, the downside to eating sweets is that blood glucose levels plummet, leaving excessive fatigue and feeling worse than you did before you indulged. When there is too much sugar present in the blood, insulin floods the body in attempts to clear glucose and depletes energy levels. According to the website Food For the Brain, excessive insulin is linked to sleep disorders, dizziness, aggressive outbursts and numerous other symptoms attributable to depression.
Eating fat-free foods may be better for maintaining healthy weight, but they can also be loaded with excess sodium used to preserve their freshness. Oregon State Extension suggests that excess sodium, an electrolyte necessary for major organ function, leads to fluid retention in the extremities. While some sodium is necessary to maintain health and prevent both nutritional and neurological imbalances, too much of a good thing can cause depression or add to depression related to chronic disease due to a rocky immune system response and general fatigue. Choosing to eat smaller portions of low-fat food selections can be a healthier choice than opting for the fat-free version for this purpose.
Alcohol is a known central nervous system depressant that can cause otherwise healthy individuals to fall into clinical depression. Alcohol consumption is a two-pronged problem both in instigating depressive symptoms and in efforts to self-medicate. Caldwell College describes this in relation to building tolerance and the need to increase consumption to obtain the numbing effects on depression and mood. In building tolerance, more and more of the alcohol is needed, while increasing the depressant effects in the body. Keeping alcohol consumption to a minimum is key.
In some instances, depression can be attributable to gluten sensitivity or celiac disease. Gluten sensitivity and celiac disease are complicated gastrointestinal disorders known to influence mood. There is a two-pronged condition of constant malabsorption and impairments to the immune system response. The body treats gluten products similar to a foreign bacteria that the immune system rushes off to fight in order to return to the state it was in prior to exposure. Many individuals have gluten sensitivity or gastrointestinal upset with mental health issues that remain undiagnosed, especially when the link is not obvious. The National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse suggests consulting with your physician about being tested for this condition. A diet eliminating foods containing gluten under the supervision of a licensed nutritionist is the most effective way to treat this disorder.
Almost 20% of the brain is composed of cholesterol. Processed foods provide a dangerous mix of low quality cholesterols that the body does not utilize. The only clean source of cholesterol is from fruits and vegetables. It is best to consume a lot of omega 3′ so that there will be a boost of good cholesterol (HDL) in the body. Hormones like testosterones are made up of cholesterol. This hormone reinforces a positive feeling within the body. When the body is unable to recognize the bad cholesterol ingested (LDL), the body is unable to produce the hormones necessary to reinforce the feel good emotion. This is why hemp nutritionhelps to relieve depression. Let us analyze the foods that cause people to continue living with depression.
The brain is naturally addicted to sugar. When we consume complex sugars, the body uses more energy and time trying to process the sugar. Simple sugars such as fructose from fruits provide a better source of energy for the brain. Sucrose, which is found in processed foods, is much more difficult to transform into glucose, which the brain uses.
Too Much Protein
High levels of proteins in foods can cause depression. Protein is an important nutrient in order to fight depression. However, if too much protein is consumed, the body may not be able digest all the protein. A spike in the amino acid level of the body will drastically reduce the hormones needed to motivate the brain. This in fact will enforce depression. Processed protein will also trigger a spike in amino acids because the stomach is unable to digest it properly. Also, every time meat is reheated, the quality of the protein decreases.
Stimulant foods can cause depression by causing people to crash after a rush. Also leads to dependency. Stimulants are band aid treatments of depression. It temporarily excites the brain and gives the person a false sense of urgency, then wears off. This often leads to the person feeling depressed and needing another stimulant.
The stomach is unable to absorb artificial nutrients efficiently. All forms of processed foods help to cause depression. This is due to fact that the brain does not get the nutrients it needs. This is by far the main reason for depression. The body cannot get the nutrients it needs in the correct proportions. The nutrients that the body needs exist in unprocessed foods in the right proportions such as vegetable and nuts.
In conclusion, someone living with depression has to take into consideration their diet and lifestyle before coming up with a solution. That person may not need any medication. They may just need to supply their brain with the correct nutrients. Certain negative food and habits will also have to be excluded from their lifestyle. It is best to avoid foods that can cause depression.
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