Most people experience some sort of depression during their lifetime. It may be because of loss of a loved one and other life experiences. However, if depression is chronic one has to ask if their are any contributing factors for depression.
Spanish researchers noted that fast food and Baked Goods Increase depression. The link between depression and deficiencies in health-promoting nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids and B vitamins has been studied extensively. But the researchers wanted to determine if unhealthy foods could also contribute to depression.
Their study, which featured 8,964 participants who were followed up for an average of 6.2 years, showed that consumption of fast foods and processed baked goods increased the chances of depression.
In this study, which was published in the March 2012 issue of thejournal Public Health Nutrition, fast foods included hamburgers, sausages and pizza, and baked goods included muffins, doughnuts and croissants. Study participants who ate the most fast foods and processed baked goods were 51 percent more likely to develop depression compared to people who ate the fewest amount of these foods.
People who had obesity-related diseases were not allowed to participate in the study. The researchers note that it is not known if high levels of these unhealthy foods lead to depression or if the depression causes people to eat unhealthily, but they do know that the two go hand in hand.
In addition to eliminating or significantly reducing your consumption of fast foods and processed baked pastries, there are three nutrients that can help ease symptoms of
A number of studies have shown that resveratrol Natural phenol or type of antioxidant found in red grapes, red wine. Research has shown beneficial effects as anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory agents along with supporting healthy blood sugar and cardiovasculature function. protects the brain from inflammation. This study indicates it can also be of value in support of a better mood
Click on these Depression-testimonies to read how others have dealt with depression naturally
Balancing out Your ratio of essential fatty acids.
This can be done by eating more foods high in omega 3 fats (grass fed meats and wild caught fish), or by using a omega 3 product that is manufactured with triple distillation like OmegaGuard (see this blog posts as to why you need to be picky about your Fish Oil supplement). We should aim for 2g-4g of EPA/DHA per day whether by food sources or supplementation. We also need to remove the foods that are causing the inflammation
Avoid excessive sugar (I would just leave it out)
Common vegetable oils such as grapeseed, corn, safflower…these oils have too much omega 6,
trans fatty acids such as (partially hydrogenated oil, margarine and vegetable shortening) found in deep fried foods, commercially baked goodsare notorious
Dairy As much as 60% of the world’s population cannot digest milk. In fact, researchers think that being able to digest milk beyond infancy is abnormal, rather than the other way round. Milk is also a common allergen that can trigger inflammatory responses.
Meat raised on a Feed Lot- Commercially produced meats are feed with grains like soy beans and corn, a diet that is high in inflammatory omega-6 fatty acids but low in anti-inflammatory omega-3 fats.
Alcohol Regular high consumption of alcohol has been known to cause irritation and inflammation of the esophagus, larynx (voice box) and liver. Over time, the chronic inflammation promotes tumor growth and gives rise to cancer at the sites of repeated irritation
Refined Grains- refined grains as good as refined sugars, which are practically empty calories. And like refined sugars, refined grains have a higher glycemic index