By Dave From Paleohacks
Creator of the Paleohacks Cookbook
Did you know there’s something “mainstream” doctors and health organizations AREN’T telling you about depression? It’s their dirty little secret. They love to talk about prescription pills and “magic bullet” solutions. And why wouldn’t they? That’s how they make BILLIONS of dollars a year…
But they’re a lot less eager to tell you how FOOD might be making you depressed!
You’ve probably heard how your environment or family history could cause depression…
But what about the foods you’re putting into your body?
Ready to take your mental health into your own hands?
That starts by understanding how different foods affect you. Here are some of the WORST foods to eat if you’re depressed:
1. Refined Sugar
When you eat something sweet, you get a short burst of energy—a “sugar rush.”
But what happens 20 or 30 minutes later?
You CRASH. You end up feeling more tired than you did before.
Refined sugar sends your blood sugar on a rollercoaster ride. When you eat it, your blood sugar skyrockets. Then your body floods your system with a hormone called insulin to get things back under control.
Do this often, and you end up with too much insulin in your body, which has been linked to sleep problems, emotional outbursts, and other signs of depression.
A study published in the journal Public Health Nutrition found that people who eat commercial baked goods (which are PACKED with refined sugar) are 51% more likely to be depressed than people who don’t.
2. Processed Carbohydrates
The average diet is full of processed carbs like cereals, breads, pasta, and snack foods.
After all, sticking to a low-fat, high-carb diet is the ticket to better health, right?
An eye-opening study published in the British Journal of Nutrition found that people who ate less fat (and more carbs) had a higher risk of depression.
Because your body treats processed carbs the exact same way it treats sugars.
Your body breaks down processed carbs extremely fast, so eating them spikes your blood sugar the same way eating sugary foods does…
It doesn’t matter if you eat a bagel or a candy bar. Both foods start the same chain reaction that leads to depression: insulin floods your body, and you end up feeling angry, tired, and sad.
3. Hydrogenated Oils and Trans Fats
Hydrogenated oils and trans fats are restaurant favorites because they’re cheap and can be used for a long time…
But they create SERIOUS health problems. These foods cause inflammation—your body literally starts attacking itself.
And inflammation leads to depression…
Researchers in Spain tracked over 12,000 people for six years. None were depressed when the study started. But 657 were depressed by the time it was over.
Why did some people get depressed? The ones who ate trans fats had up to a 48% increased risk of depression compared to people who didn’t.
The types of fats you eat have a HUGE impact on your emotional health. The Spanish researchers also found that people who ate more fish and olive oil (healthy fats) actually lowered their risk for depression.
4. Foods with High Pesticide Residue
Farming operations use pesticides to protect fruits and vegetables from pests, but traces of those pesticides STAY on the food after it’s sold…
People think they’re being healthy; they’re eating fruits and vegetables, after all!
But many don’t realize they’re also eating traces of pesticide that can make them depressed.
Every year, the Environmental Working Group makes a “dirty dozen” list: 12 foods covered with the most pesticides. Here’s the 2015 list:
- Cherry Tomatoes
- Snap Peas
- Sweet Bell Peppers
Don’t stop eating fruits and vegetables. >But buy locally grown, organic produce from the grocery store or farmers’ market whenever you can. Those are full of healthy nutrients—without all the chemicals!
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The key to beating your depression might NOT be in your medicine cabinet.
It might be something simpler than that: the foods you eat.
Avoiding the dangerous foods above will go a long way in boosting your mood…
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