It’s nothing new, but it doesn’t hurt to point out: our body is a fully interconnected organism. In this way, more and more studies have been able to relate some problems between physical and mental health and bad eating habits.
If a balanced diet is capable of bringing benefits, it is not surprising that some behaviors can also be harmful. Recently, a study has linked consumption of ultra-processed foods and depression.
In 2000, research published in the European Journal of Human Genetics was the first to put on paper a connection between poor diet and disorders related to our mental health. We bring here the 4 main notes of researcher Anthony P. Monaco, president of Tufts University.
1. Excessive control over what you eat and drink
There is a well-known weight reduction system based on controlling what members ingest, whether food or liquids. There is research that has already indicated how people who follow this diet achieve better results. However, the calculation of calories, according to even the developers of the method, is an outdated system.
In the study by Dr. Monaco, he also correlated people who make this excessive control over their food and mental health problems. Although tracking your diet is considered a useful tool (especially when establishing new eating habits), if done in an excessive way it can trigger a kind of obsession.
At the worst levels, this obsession would take up so much space in your life that, in addition to psychological disorders, it can unbalance your diet and lead you to eat worse. For no other reason, nutritionists tend to argue that a balanced diet, with an emphasis on healthy foods, can be as effective as counting calories.
2. Consume a lot of sugar
The comparison with cocaine is not for nothing. Excessive consumption of sugar is condemned by every nutritionist – and other health experts. A good example of this harmful effect was the studies that showed that a diet based on high consumption of sugar results in individuals with a greater tendency to bad mood and depression, even though our brain prefers glucose as a fuel source.
Sugar is responsible for increasing inflammatory processes in our body, in addition to increasing the risk of developing type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases, which also impact neurological health, according to research conducted by Frontiers of Psychiatry. In the study, the scientists advocated reducing the consumption of sugary drinks such as soda.
3. Excessive consumption of ultra-processed foods
Another well-known health villain is foods rich in saturated fat, but especially ultra-processed ones. An article available in the National Library of Medicine showed that high consumption of this type of product increases the risk of symptoms of depression.
No one denies that ready-to-eat and ultra-processed foods bring immense practicality to today’s busy routine. However, the study preaches that it is necessary to be aware of the amount ingested and that, in the unavoidable case of needing to resort to a lower quality food, try to choose one that is not so harmful.
It may sound strange, but it’s a harm reduction issue.
4. Do not consume anti-inflammatory products
Certain foods are fundamental to mental health, but not only. They play an important role in regulating processes that our body goes through, including the body’s natural defense against inflammation.
Adequate consumption of some products known as “natural anti-inflammatories”, such as vegetables, fruits and fish, helps to reduce the risk of depression. Inserting his consumption can represent better mental health and savings in traditional medicine. Curious which foods are beneficial?
Olive oil, pineapple, apples, nuts, vegetables and even onions and garlic will ensure better health. Also on the list recommended by nutritionists, dark chocolate, brown rice, grapes, cherries, green tea, black tea, broccoli, fish, soy, mushrooms, sauerkraut, beans and avocado.
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