Improve levels of dopamine, serotonin and cortisol: get happy and reduce depression and worry
🧠 5 common foods that cause or increase depression
Most people do not realize that their emotions can influence what they eat. For example, when you are under additional stress (emotional or physical), your body and your brain will want more sugar and carbohydrates. One reason is because it wants to help increase serotonin and dopamine levels.
Women see that this happens more often during their menstrual cycles due to their hormonal changes and, therefore, several cravings occur.
However, what you eat can also influence your mood. So the opposite can happen
And today I will reveal 5 common foods that can lower your mood, exhaust your body, increase negative feelings and, therefore, even cause or increase depression.
Therefore, simple changes in food, such as avoiding or limiting the current 5 foods, can be the difference between feeling much worse or feeling more stable, better and happier.
I will also give you alternative solutions.
And this is very important, especially considering that more than 7% of the American population over 18 years of age has a diagnosis of clinical depression.
This does not take into account the teenagers, who also face a lot of depression.
This DOES NOT take into account all the people who have not been evaluated, who have not sought help or simply feel depressed or depressed … without the "official diagnoses".
So, if you feel depressed or depressed, you are not alone. And, it may not be your fault. It could be related to the food you are eating.
There is hope and at the end of today's video, I will also give you a really effective solution that you can use to help rebalance and optimize brain chemicals, so you can feel happier and reduce feelings of depression, worry and anxiety.
Sugar and salt are found in almost all foods, especially those that taste good. However, in a 2015 study 1, it was found that the increase in added sugars in the diet was associated with a higher probability of depression.
In fact, there is a correlation between depression, diabetes and dementia. And researchers have discovered that when blood glucose levels rise, the levels of a protein that stimulates the growth of neurons and synapses decrease.
Translation: the simple fact of eating sugar makes your brain work at a suboptimal level, and the more you do it, the higher your risk of depression and also the higher your risk of diabetes and dementia.
SOLUTION: Just read the labels and limit the "sugars" whenever possible, especially when you do not feel 100%.
And this includes artificial sweeteners, especially aspartame (NutraSweet or Equal), which is found in diet sodas and "sugar free" foods … because it blocks the production of the neurotransmitter serotonin. This can cause several neurological and head problems, such as headaches, insomnia, changes in mood and, yes, depression.
SOLUTION: Avoid all artificial sweeteners. Instead, use natural ones, such as Stevia, which is an herbal extract.
Hydrogenated oils can be found in most fried foods, as well as in packaged "junk" foods, such as cookies, cakes, sweets, chips, cookies, margarine, and spreads.
Hydrogenation occurs when you take vegetable oils and heat them or convert them to solids. This also causes trans fat, which is the worst type of fat to consume.
Now, I have simplified this process, leaving boring chemical substances aside because the point is that you should avoid these fats.
Not only do they cause weight gain, inflammation and other physical problems, but they are also related to depression.
SOLUTION: Read labels, avoid hydrogenated and trans fats. At home, it is best NOT to heat or cook with vegetable or seed oils. Have those cold, like in a salad. If you cook, choose a saturated fat like butter or, better yet, coconut oil, which has health benefits for your body and mind.
Most people will not like to hear this, especially because alcohol is the drug of choice when people feel "depressed" and hopeless.
However, alcohol is a depressant and, more specifically, depresses the central nervous system (CNS). … that controls how you feel, physically and emotionally. It controls many of its neurotransmitters (serotonin, dopamine, etc.)
SOLUTION: Limit or avoid alcohol, especially when you feel depressed, hopeless or depressed. It's just going to make it worse!
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