Depression is the disease of the twentieth century that affects more than 350 million people in the world and it is estimated that by 2020, it will be the second cause of disability, only after cardiovascular diseases, says the World Health Organization ( WHO).
This condition is manifested by a change in mood, sadness, loss of interest or pleasure, feelings of guilt, lack of self-esteem, feeling tired, lack of concentration, as well as sleep disorders or appetite.
But, did you know that what we eat can influence its appearance?
If you like them, avoid them because they make you sick …
There are scientific studies that ensure that these foods cause addictive responses in the brain, such as when they use drugs and tobacco, because they contain flavors, preservatives and additives with adverse health effects.
1. Artificial sweeteners
Specialists in the United States determined that all artificial sweeteners produce nervous system depression.
Also, Rachel Fiske, a certified nutrition consultant in San Francisco, says that aspartame (sweetener) slows the production of serotonin and dopamine, which could be cause of depression and anxiety attacks.
2. Processed foods
British researchers published in the British Journal of Psychiatry that this type of food increases the risk of developing depression, as they contain harmful chemicals that promote the onset of cardiovascular disease and inflammation. Among them are meats, sausages, chocolate and sugary desserts.
3. Fried food
Stephanie Fulton, University Hospital of Montreal, foods rich in saturated fat contribute to developing depressive behavior, by chemical reactions that occur in the brain.
Universidad Navarra confirms that this type of food propitiates this disorder, since in excess they increase the production of certain molecules such as citonin, which can reduce the production of serotonin, responsible for generating a state of well-being.
4. Refined cereals
The consumption of these foods, as well as refined flours increase the chances of suffering depression, according to a study conducted by the University of London.
5. High-fat dairy
The universities of Navarra and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain, related the consumption of trans and saturated fats with the development of depression, which are found in dairy products.
6. Soft drinks
A study by the National Institute of Health states that consuming more than one liter of these drinks a day causes depression and if these are diet and flavors the odds increase.
Its abuse for a long time triggers this emotion, since it interferes with receptors of the nervous system, although the mechanisms associated with this reaction have not yet been determined, confirms a study published in the journal Archives of General Psychiatry.
To live better, it is necessary to have a healthy diet, avoid foods with high content of fats and refined sugars, exercise and have activities that cause you happiness.
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