Importance of gut health:
A person suffers from depression due to various reasons.
Anyone who has depression should always opt for therapies.
But, do you know, your therapies are effective only if you follow good eating habits!
Bad eating habits can bring more negative impacts on you and can be a reason for your depression to remain uncurable for a long time.
Your gut health can have a tremendous impact on your mental health. A study from Clinical Psychopharmacology and Neuroscience shows that the microbiota living in your gut communicates with the neurotransmitters in your brain and vice versa through the vagus nerve.
It proves that our mental health has a clear connection with our gut.
The five food eating habits to avoid to beat depression are:
Fast foods can exaggerate inflammation in your body.
The reason is, these foods contain a high amount of refined and artificial ingredients, which make you more prone to depressive encounters.
A study shows that eating processed commercial baked foods, higher the risk of depression.
A similar study conveys the same message for fried foods as well.
In today’s time, giving up these foods can be difficult. But, even if you are consuming these foods, consume them minimally. Don’t overeat it!
The best solution can be finding healthier substitutes.
Alcohol is something that you should avoid if you are dealing with depression.
It is a depressant as it makes your nervous system slow. Since it is a small molecule, alcohol can easily cross the brain barrier and affect it neurologically. In simple words, it can destroy your brain cells resulting in depression.
It also affects the brain receptors that disconnect between your thoughts and actions.
In conclusion, if possible, avoid drinking, and if not, drink in moderation!
And, those who use alcohol as a coping mechanism, please consult to doctor for a better substitute.
Salt is a vital part of any cuisine as it enhances the flavor of the food. Some salts provide minerals to our bodies.
However, salt, especially table salt, can be harmful to our health as it is a refined salt that lacks minerals and usually leads to high blood pressure and heart diseases.
Salt also causes inflammation, harms gut microbiotas, and affects blood flow to the brain.
The use of salt can also cause or even worsen depression.
For better results, try using a substitute of table salt, like Himalayan or Celtic Salt.
Another food that a depressed person should avoid is refined grains. Unfortunately, the maximum amount of food around us, like, pizza, pasta, burgers, and cake, are responsible for worsening mental health because these all items constitute refined grains.
What we eat in refined grains is the starchy part, the endosperm.
When you eat refined grains, you miss the nutritional values stored in the germ and the bran.
Germ and bran contain vitamins and healthy fats, minerals, fibers, and other nutrition.
In endosperm, these nutritional values are almost none to less.
Therefore, it’s best to eat whole grains. Those who eat whole grains have a lower risk of getting depression.
Try switching from white bread and white rice to whole wheat, wild rice, or quinoa.
The last food type you should avoid is artificial sweeteners. These usually come in the high fructose corn syrup form and other substances like Aspartame, Saccharin.
These sweeteners might not impact the calories we consume. However, they can be dangerous for our health.
The most problematic thing with sweeteners is that they are highly addictive and make you consume more of their type.
Moreover, overconsumption of these sweeteners increases the risk of obesity, heart disease, and Diabetes(Type II).
These sweeteners also affect our brain badly. Not only do these sweeteners produce inflammation, but they also hamper brain development.
If you like consuming sweet foods, try opting for a more natural substitute like fruit.
So if you have Depression:
Your mental health begins with your gut health. Treat yourself kindly.
Try to intake every necessary nutrient required for your brain and body!