It is proven that the emotions affect our diet and almost invisibly there is a complex link. Not for nothing in recent months everyone has talked about the close connection between the intestine and the brain, in such a way that the diet we follow can condition the mood and emotional state.
It is well known that human beings we eat for pleasure, although the food has a nutritional function that makes us tick, the simple act of eating is also de-stressing and enjoyable And in a way that is why when we feel tired or low in spirits we usually look for certain foods. The problem is that on many occasions we are not minimally aware of how what we eat can alter our mental health, it is not news to know that there are foods that make anxiety worse and the Depression.
In fact diverse nutrition and medicine specialists of the Harvard School of Public Health have verified that the elections of simple, everyday foods make a noticeable difference between feeling emotionally fragile talking or more stable. Taking into account the information released by the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, he 18% of the world population suffers some kind of anxiety-related disorder and the 6.7% of the US population over 18 years old has been diagnosed with clinical depression, it’s worth taking the matter more seriously. It is also important to consider that during this year derived from the Covid-19 pandemic, the mental health of the population has significantly impaired.
While it is not necessary to have a diagnosis as such, we all know the exhausting and stressful what can be go through states of anxiety or depression. In such a way that it is good news to know that through feeding and the lifestyle, we can control it a little more. It is true that there are foods that thanks to their composition are a great ally of mental and emotional health, especially those that stand out for its tryptophan content, an amino acid that stimulates the release of serotonin known as the neurotransmitter that governs the mood. However, there are also some foods that according to science have a extremely negative impact at mood.
In the last months in which feeding has become such a relevant health issue, much has been said about the most harmful foods and without a doubt sugar tops the list. A high consumption of sugary foods is related to a long list of chronic conditions, as is the case with obesity, diabetes, hypertension and heart conditions. However, their association with depression is impressive. According A study, carried out in 2015 at a group of postmenopausal women showed that a increased added sugars in his diet was associated with a increased likelihood of depression. As well A study published in Diabetologia magazine, the researchers found that when blood glucose levels are elevated, the levels of a protein that stimulates the growth of neurons decrease. Hence the simple fact of consuming sugar recurrently causes the brain to function at a suboptimal level, which is related to a increased risk of depression diabetes and dementia.
It is well known that the habitual consumption alcohol It is one of the worst customs, which most deteriorates health. Although it is associated with effects throughout the body, in particular alters the central nervous system who is responsible for receive information through the five senses: think, understand, reason and control motor function. It has A study in which it is found that its intake deteriorates all these functions, however one of its most worrying effects is those related to mental and emotional health. The reason is simple: alcohol is a depressant and, more specifically, depresses the functioning of the central nervous system and last but not least the central system also controls how we process emotions. While the initial high of a few drinks can be liberating and uplifting, it is a fact that is too effective for exacerbate symptoms associated with depression.
3. Hydrogenated oils
The relationship between the consumption of fried foods with hydrogenated oils And depression is direct, worst of all, many of these foods are part of many people’s daily lives: fried chicken, fried cheese sticks, fried calamari, French fries. It is well known that these types of oils cause considerable health problems, among the main ones are their effects on body weight, cardiovascular health, brain function and physical and mental performance. However, one more must be added to the list: depression and the reason is the following frying is generally done in partially hydrogenated oil. Hydrogenation is a process that converts vegetable oil into a more solid form, which makes it a more stable product in storage. However whatever is cooked with hydrogenated oils and contain Trans fat contributes to the depression and anxiety. Besides the Saturated fats, found in products like deli meats and dairy with high content of fat and butter may clog the arteries and prevent blood flow to the brain, and this alters the production of nerotransmitters that they govern the mood.
Four. Fast food
Sure, at some point we have all turned to the multiple fast food options are a cheap and easy alternative. However, the habitual consumption of this kind of food it is poison for health and they intervene altering physical and mental well-being at all levels. According a 2012 study in the magazine Public Health Nutrition, people who eat fast food have a 51% more likely to develop depression than the ones that don’t. To clarify: When we say fast food, we are talking about: hamburgers, hot dogs, pizza, and commercial baked goods. As if that were not enough the recurring consumption of fast foods, impairs brain function, energy levels, affects cardiovascular health and of course, it is one of the main causes of overweight and obesity.
5. Trans Fat
The Trans fat are hidden in a long list of processed foodYes, some that seem somewhat harmless and others not so much. The trans fat is a term that refers to unsaturated fats and they are so dangerous in large part because of their processing since they are not usually found in whole foods. They are normally found in common foods like margarine, industrial bakery, packaged baked goods and oils used for fry fast food. In fact it has A study which proves that a long-term high trans fat intake, clogs the arteries and can increase risk of depression up to 48%. That is why currently the consumption of healthy fats has become so relevant to living better and longer, as it can reduce the risk of numerous health conditions, including depression.