Food as a cause of depression

With the departure of summer days and the onset of a slushy dank autumn, autumn depression begins for many sensitive natures. But is it always only the weather that is to blame for our enduring blues. Often, after all, even when the weather is favorable, we get depressed. And the reason may lie, oddly enough, in the foods we eat and

There are foods that provoke depression, although there are not so many of them, such as sugar, sweeteners, coffee and red meat in large quantities.

If you drink a lot of coffee, 3-4 cups a day, or even more, you develop an addiction to caffeine, and this is a kind of doping. If a person is deprived of such doping, then immediately there is a feeling of weakness. You will immediately feel unhappy and weak-willed, and this is already a coffee depression. There is only one conclusion – do not drink more than 2 cups of coffee a day and take a break from taking this drink.

And the story with sweets is this – in a bad mood, people look for consolation in sweets, but an excess of sugar leads to fatigue and increased depression. Sweets can also create a habit. As a result, the body gets used to producing a lot of insulin for processing sugar and begins to demand its own portion of sweets. If you do not give him another dose, immediately there is a sharp drop in mood. And don’t try to replace sugar with food additives with sweeteners. They also cause depression.

If red meat – lamb, beef, pork – is eaten often and a lot, then it will not have time to completely digest. In the intestines, the decomposition process will begin and poisons are formed, which will be absorbed into the bloodstream and affect the nervous system. Fatigue, irritability, in general, a depressive state will appear.

Often, it’s not even food that causes depression, but dietary habits. For example, you are on a diet and eat the same foods, and even often tasteless. This dramatically reduces the emotional background, leads to lethargy and chronic fatigue. Choose a diet from foods that you like. There is no need to forcefully shove the hated oatmeal or buckwheat into yourself, nothing good will come of it. Against the backdrop of suffering from hunger, any unloved product can cause psychological trauma.

Those who are afraid to gain weight limit themselves in the consumption of many foods, without which depression intensifies, for example, if you limit yourself in the consumption of vegetable oils and oily sea fish. Without sufficient amounts of magnesium, folate and vitamin B6 in the body, which are abundant in vegetables, fruits and herbs, the level of serotonin in the brain drops, and this is a very important substance for a good mood.

And in general, you do not need to go on a rigid diet in the autumn months. A decrease in daylight hours and a cold snap already have a depressing effect on the general condition of the body. Therefore, the diet should be gentle, gradually and gradually reduce weight.

But with the help of food, you can also fight depression. Eat cheese, chicken and turkey meat, wholemeal bread, pasta. They contain substances that are the precursors of the hormones of joy.

Colors red, orange, yellow are also able to fight depression. Have more oranges, tangerines, carrots, pumpkins, bell peppers, pineapples and corn on your table. These foods are very low in calories and you don’t have to worry about your figure.

Don’t forget about foods containing magnesium and vitamin B6. They are very good at reducing anxiety and normalizing sleep. These are nuts, bananas, leafy greens and watermelons, and it is also beneficial to consume water with magnesium content.

Well, if you’re really sad, eat a small piece of chocolate or a cake.

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