10 Eating Habits To Avoid That Make You Depressed And Anxious
There are fewer truer sayings in this world than “you are what you eat”.
Despite what many people believe, junk food doesn’t just affect your physical health – it also affects your mental health, too. And since mental health is such a huge topic of debate at the moment, it’s high time that people took into consideration that their diet might be behind their black moods.
As this article shows, a link between junk food and mental health disorders including depression is growing all the time. Scientists have found that it is no accident that people who maintain a diet void of essential nutrients are more prone to anxiety and panic attacks than those who consume lots and lots of micronutrients.
Fortunately, help is at hand. Improving your diet to lift your mood is as easy as making better choices when you go to the grocery store. It also means resisting the temptation to call up the takeaway four or so nights a week.
If you’re concerned that your depression and anxiety might be linked to your diet and eating habits, here are 10 things you need to stop doing.
Sugar’s rather strong link with depression is just one of the reasons why we’re not all that keen on sugar here at Beauty and Tips. But also the fact that sugar can rot your teeth, cause obesity and also diabetes? Yup, these are just a few reasons why sugar gets the big thumbs down from us.
Studies have shown that post-menopausal women who consume too much sugar are at a high risk of developing depression. In the past, sugars apparent link to mental instability has baffled researchers, but it has since been revealed that when our blood glucose levels are too high, our growth of both synapses and neurones plummet – and this can lead to a severe case of the blues.
Whoever thought that artificial sweeteners were a good substitute for sugar? Not only do they taste worse, but they’re also just as unhealthy for you.
Lots of people are under the impression that, just because artificial sweetener contains zero sugar, it’s somehow good for you.
It’s not. Not only can artificial sweetener rot your teeth just like your sugar, but it can also cause a downturn in your mood.
This is largely due to an ingredient called aspartame, which stops your body from producing serotonin, a neurotransmitter that is vital to a good mood.
If you can’t start your day until you’ve had your morning coffee, you might have an over-reliance on caffeine that you need to rethink.
Caffeine is a well-known contributor to depression, but its effects vary from person to person. However, if you drink two or more cups of coffee per day and can’t lift your mood at the moment, you should cut out the Joe and see what happens.
Yes, we all know how it goes. The weekend is approaching and your kindly friends – fully aware of what a bad week you’ve had – invite you out on the town this Saturday night.
“Come on! It’ll do you good! You need to get out and party!”
“Yes, it will be good,” you reason to yourself. “A cocktail is just what I need.”
Lots of us are under the impression that alcohol really does banish the blues. And it does – but only temporarily.
Alcohol is by its nature a depressant, and will eventually depress your whole central nervous system.
And your central nervous system is kinda important, as it controls how your emotions are processed.
Do you really know what is in processed foods? Trust me. You don’t wanna know.
Processed foods are firstly not natural. If this isn’t already alarming enough, there is more. Processed foods contain chemicals and fats that alter your mood for the worse.
Isn’t it just better to stick to natural foods, such as fruit and vegetables? You’ll be doing your mind a big favour.
Canned soup might be easy to rustle up, and it may even taste good. But like all processed foods, it should be avoided.
Fast food is convenient, cheap and tastes amazing. When you’re ravenously hungry after a long day at work, fast food is always the answer. Right?
The problem is that fast food can shape your physical and mental condition very much for the worse over the long term if you rely on it too much.
According to a study carried out in 2012, folk who eat lots of fast food are over 50% more likely to develop a severe case of the black dog than those who avoid the stuff.
You have to think of it like this: Bad fats from a hamburger don’t just go to your belly and thighs – they also go to your brain. Once here, they can affect your mood for the worse.
Certainly not all chocolate is bad for you. In small amounts, dark chocolate can even be very beneficial to your health.
It’s really the SUPER sweet chocolate that you want to avoid. Especially when consumed in large amounts, sickly sweet chocolate can darken your mood.
Even if you don’t have celiac disease, gluten should be on your list of foods to avoid if your mood has been downbeat for a while.
According to anxiety.org, gluten can contribute to poor mental health. Avoiding it can help you to avoid anxiety and nasty panic attacks.
Avoid Trans Fats
Trans fat is another name for unsaturated fat which is another name for bad fat.
Basically, trans fats are bad news and you need to start avoiding them.
Trans fats are still a relatively new thing, and weren’t introduced to mass-produced food until the 1950s when all kinds of produce began to hit the shelves, such as margarine.
Trans fats are notorious for clogging your arteries, but they can also lead to depression and anxiety. From now on, it’s a very good idea to swap bad fats for good ones, such as olive oil.
Stay happy and healthy!