TEN Foods NOT to Eat or drink if You Suffer from Depression or Anxiety

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TEN Foods NOT to Eat or drink if You Suffer from Depression or Anxiety

10 Foods NOT to Eat or drink if You Suffer from Depression or Anxiety


10. Sugar Did you know that eating sugar causes your brain to function at a sub-optimal level? Think of that the next time you eat a doughnut. A recent study discovered that high instances of glucose decrease the levels of an essential protein that triggers neuron and synapses function. This can result in a greater risk for depression, so it’s best to limit your sugar intake when possible


09. Alcohol Drinking alcohol as a solution to depression is not going to make you feel better. In fact, it’s most likely going to make things worse because alcohol is known as a “depressant” that affects your central nervous system. The central nervous system is responsible for your five senses and the more you drink, the more inhibited your senses become, including your emotions. To put it simply, don’t drink if you want to feel better.


08. Hydrogenated Oil Sometimes you just want to eat something fried, whether it be fried pickles or some delicious fried cheese. Most people consider fried foods as the ultimate “comfort food” but the big problem lies in the hydrogenated oil that goes along with eating these foods. Beyond causing weight gain, studies have shown hydrogenated oil consumption is definitely linked to depression because fatty foods can cause artery restriction and decrease blood flow to the brain. So, if you’re feeling down and out, lay off the KFC.


07. Fast Food According to a 2012 study in the journal of Public Health Nutrition, people who consume fast food on a regular basis are 51% more likely to be depressed than those who don’t. These results go hand in hand with studies that have confirmed a healthy diet consisting of fruits and vegetables can improve mood and sense of well-being. Therefore, if you’re feeling depressed or anxious, you should stick to a salad rather than Maccas or HJ's.


06. Trans Fats Products didn’t begin to utilize trans fats until the late 1950’s when snacks and margarine hit the market. Studies have revealed that trans fats, which are known for clogging arteries and enhancing the potential for heart disease, can increase the possibility for depression by up to 48%. Many have found that switching to a Mediterranean diet that utilizes olive oil can negate the effects of trans fat as well as improve your mood.


05. Prepackaged Foods with High Sodium While the weight loss industry may tout their prepackaged foods as the miracle for obesity, the problem with these meals is they usually contain ridiculous amounts of sodium. Research has found that high amounts of sodium can disrupt your nervous system and directly contribute to depression and fatigue. Think about that next time you reach for a Lean Cuisine.


04. Caffeine We all need a jolt every so often and for some that’s hitting up Dome on a daily basis. However, we must issue a word of caution: caffeine is known to have a direct impact on your mood. Not only can it make you more anxious, but it can disrupt your sleeping patterns, and a lack of sleep is known to contribute to depression.


03. Wheat Bran Studies have shown that wheat bran is one of the worst foods you can eat if you struggle with anxiety because it limits zinc absorption which is essential for high anxiety people. It’s also extremely high in phytic acid, an anti-nutrient that binds to zinc and other mood-impacting minerals. So if you’re an anxious person, lay off the bran!


02. Tofu Bad news for vegetarians and vegans, but tofu is known to increase anxiety as well as emotional stress. Even though tofu is considered an excellent source of lean protein, it also contains high levels of copper which research has linked to highly anxious behavior. Tofu is also known to cause excess gas which we’re sure is great for people who suffer from social-anxiety.


01. ALL Processed Foods The best nutritional advice for someone who suffers from anxiety is to stay away from processed foods altogether. The combination of sodium, nitrates and other chemicals is an anxiety sufferer’s worst nightmare. Sticking to a diet that’s full of whole grains and fresh produce is the perfect way to combat anxiety and live a healthier and happier life.

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