The WEIRD Reason You’re Depressed
They call it “comfort food” for a reason.
When you’re feeling depressed, it can be so easy to reach for some sugar-packed food like ice cream or cookies.
But that sugar rush… that fleeting “comfort”… comes at a HUGE cost.
Because research is proving that these sugary foods may be CAUSING your depression – or making it worse.
Fortunately, with a couple simple dietary changes, you may be able to kick your blues to the curb for good.
The Mental Health Foundation recently determined that an unhealthy diet may be one of the greatest contributors to the depression epidemic in America.
And that makes sense, right?
We’re eating worse and worse… obesity rates are skyrocketing… and we’re seeing more cases of depression than ever.
Sugar makes us feel good temporarily, because it causes a brief surge in dopamine levels.
But it also triggers inflammation and blood sugar spikes, which can cause symptoms of depression.
In other words, long term, sugar is making your depression worse.
Researchers recently analyzed 22 years of data on over 10,000 participants, revealing that men with the highest sugar intake were 23 percent more likely to suffer from mental health issues than those with lower sugar intakes.
Here’s the thing… that “highest sugar” category was classified as 67 grams per day.
And, in the Western diet, it’s incredibly easy to consume more than 67 grams of sugar a day.
A 12oz. can of Coca Cola is 39 grams of sugar… a Dunkin Donuts muffin is around 45 grams… and a Starbucks Frappuccino is more than 75 grams of sugar!
Whether it’s you or someone you love, there’s a good chance you know someone who is struggling with depression.
But with a few dietary changes, you can boost your mood and start feeling better fast.
A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests that consuming lots of fruit, vegetables, fish, and whole grains reduces the risk of depression.
These foods give you the building blocks your body needs to make key neurotransmitters.
Don’t let a quick sugar rush fool you. You can reduce your depressive symptoms with the help of a healthy diet low in sugar and free of artificial sweeteners and processed chemicals.
Fighting For Your Health,
Executive Director, Alliance For Advanced Health