What’s recently been focused on is the gut/brain connection, and how it affects overall health. What’s also been made aware, is how the everyday common foods that are consumed, could be responsible for moodiness and irritability. What many don’t bother to realize, is that diet can potentially trigger the feelings of depression. Some of these common foods, can also have additional impact on health, other than mental stability. So what’s compiled are a list of common foods, that are known to negatively impact well-being. It begins with mindfully cutting out or down on these specific foods, which is a step towards becoming happier.
6. Simple Carbohydrates
To get in a better mood, what experts claim is to avoid foods that are white, (other than cauliflower.) “White” foods are known to intensify symptoms of anxiety. The reason to avoid them, is because they contain simple carbohydrates. The list includes white bread, white rice, white flour, and pasta.
What consuming simple carbohydrates does is triggers the body to release excess insulin, which regulates blood sugar, known as “insulin dumping.” The feeling that you get, as a result of the lower blood sugar because of the increased insulin, does is causes anxiety and moodiness.
What’s commonly known is to avoid poor quality fatty foods, this to manage health issues such as weight gain. What fat-free foods usually contain however, are high amounts in sodium (salt). What excess, usually hidden amounts of sodium in these products can do, is disrupt ones neurological system, which can contribute to depression.
There are also some however, who claims that salt is a mood enhancer, at times even referred to as nature’s antidepressant. This is the reason why many will crave salt when they’re feeling depressed, as it makes them feel better.
Research has shown that having a lack of energy or interest, in doing things that you normally like to do, is because you may be sodium deficient. For this reason, it’s known that some may even become addicted to salt, which has similar symptoms to drug abuse.
4. Hydrogenated Oils
The oils that are commonly used in “fast-food” at the shopping mall, especially those that are fried, are known to have absolutely no nutritional value, to improve ones health. What they’re also linked to is moodiness, as what they contain is hydrogenated oil, which is often a source of trans fat.
Anything that’s cooked with hydrogenated oil which contains trans fat, can potentially contribute to depression. Not all types of oil are bad however, as experts claim that consuming 20 or more grams of pure extra virgin olive oil on a daily basis, is capable of cutting the risk of depression, by up to 30% percent.