Wednesday, June 20, 2018 by Rhonda Johansson
Across all the literature and studies on the potential link between mental health and one’s diet, experts agree that cutting down on inflammatory foods is a sure-fire way to feel better. The effects can be likened to the domino effect; with healthier food improving physical function, which in turn boosts mental health. Unsurprisingly, this strengthened mental capacity encourages people to be more physically fit, thus completing the cycle for better overall health.
Time and again REAL science has shown the compelling link between eating organic food and improved mental health. Scientists and nutritionists alike have highlighted and underscored it (twice) that the best way to beat depression (and similar mental illnesses) is to first look at the food one is eating.
The real killer here is a high-sugar diet that encourages the growth of free radicals that do a number on your body. This is not only limited to munching on a chocolate bar every now and then but in the consumption of sugary beverages such as fruit juices, sports drinks, and even flavored water.
None of these “healthy” water alternatives are doing your mental health any favors.
Several studies have proven that sugar triggers depression and other mental health problems by influencing several key processes in the body. One of the most worrisome is its role in suppressing the activity of a growth hormone in the brain called brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF). Those with low BDNF levels are at an increased risk in developing both depression and schizophrenia. (Related: Depression is a symptom of nutrient deficiency; treating it with drugs is not only ineffective but dangerous.)
Sugar also contributes to insulin and leptin resistance, which also plays a significant role in mental health. This is over and on top of the fact that an excess of sugar creates excessive reactive oxygen species (ROS) and free radicals that damage DNA.
Real food — the good, organic, natural goodness given by Mother Nature — is the best way to improve mental health.
Several studies have suggested the efficacy of the DASH diet in battling depression. The diet, initially recommended for people with hypertension, has been seen to improve mental health by reducing inflammation. However, the DASH diet is not the only way to better mental health.
Consider these dietary suggestions to transition from processed fare to real food:
Lastly, it is important to remember that most processed foods are also significant sources of genetically engineered ingredients and toxic chemicals. These are probably carcinogenic and have been proven to wreak havoc to our gut microbiome.
If we, as a society, use these toxins to kill insects efficiently, why is it suddenly okay for us to eat them?
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