If you have been diagnosed with depression, you have probably been told by your doctor you have a chemical imbalance and the only way to manage your condition is with pharmaceutical drugs. Unfortunately, Doctors are not trained in nutrition and do not understand that many things you eat might be causing your depression or contributing to this medical condition. The following food additives have been shown to be toxic to our bodies and cause or contribute to depression.
Aspartame: Aspartame is nasty stuff. There are many studies and anecdotal evidence that shows aspartame is very toxic. As usual, industry trials do not confirm these reports; however, independent double-blind studies tell a different story. A decade-long study of 264,000 American adults by the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, has shown a high association between the consumption of regular and diet soda, sugar free drinks and clinical depression.
- 4 or more cans of regular soda per day, a 22% increase in depression
- 4 or more cans of diet soda per day, a 31% increase in depression
- 4 or more cans of diet fruit drinks, a 51% increase in depression.
Monosodium Glutamate (MSG): If brain damage, behavioral disorders, endocrine disorders and neuro-degenerative diseases are not enough reason to avoid MSG, it is also linked to depression. The most likely reason is due to the fact that MSG blocks serotonin receptors.
Sugar and HFCS: Excessive sugar intake, whether from refined sugar or high fructose corn syrup, causes a host of medical conditions in addition to obesity, diabetes and tooth decay. There are more than 100 diseases caused or exacerbated by HFCS. Depression is high on the list.
Candida Overgrowth: Gut health is essential to physical health and well-being. 80% of the body’s serotonin – an essential neurotransmitter is produced in the gut by our beneficial bacteria. An overgrowth of Candida (yeast infection) will result in a depletion of serotonin and increases depression along with anxiety, irritability, cognitive difficulties, headaches, auto immune diseases and more.
Conclusion: Our health, both physical and mental relies on good, clean nutrition to repair cells, maintain functionality, proper elimination of body waste and toxins. To improve nutrition and gut health, eat clean non-toxic foods (organic), 80% fresh, raw produce, healthy fats and detoxifying foods such as turmeric, ginger, garlic, cilantro and onions. Eliminate artificial flavors, colors and preservatives; MSG; GMO,s; trans fats; sugar; HFCS, gluten; Round-up (glycophate); and any other chemicals. Eat real whole foods, not processed foods. “Sholly Sez!”