Sugar and Depression…
Are you struggling with depression? Do you know someone who is depressed or who takes anti-depressants? There’s actually a link between sugar and depression.
How much sugar do you eat? Did you know that people who consume diets high in sugar and simple carbohydrates are more likely to become depressed? It’s true!
Sugar is the enemy of your body and your mind. It’s so unfair that it tastes so good. I love it too; but I know it doesn’t love me back. It doesn’t serve my body or my mind to eat it.
We have choices, and as difficult and as challenging as it may be, we have a responsibility to make good choices to support our long term health, both mental and physical.
Good food choices and habits can even undo damage and reverse the aging process. Blood sugar issues have been shown to be the main factor in our mental health… our mental wellness or not, and that includes depression.
Most of the time, when we go to our doctor because we are depressed, he or she takes out the prescription pad and prescribes an antidepressant drug instead of asking us what we are eating. By the way, antidepressants only have about a 13% effectiveness rate, and they have a host of undesirable side effects that go along with that very small effectiveness rate!
We hear so much about the devastating disease, Alzheimer’s Disease or AD, which is reaching epidemic proportions in this country. Did you know that Alzheimer’s patients are notorious for having a sweet tooth? What would happen to the rise in Alzheimer’s if we as a nation could manage to cut out or at least seriously decrease our intake of sugar and refined carbohydrates that quickly convert to sugar?
What does sugar do to us? The negative effects are many, but for our purposes here, let’s talk about the meaning of the word “glycation”? It’s the process by which glucose, proteins, and certain fats become tangled together making all types of our body tissue stiff and inflexible, including our brains. Sugar can actually contribute to the shrinking of our brains.
Glycation is a free radical problem in the body that causes inflammation. Inflammation is being proven over and over again to be the root cause of disease and rapid or premature aging.
If you want to avoid or pull back from mental challenges like depression, anxiety and other mood disorders, you must commit to keeping your blood sugar steady and avoid blood sugar surges to minimize glycation. Begin today by cutting out sugar and simple carbohydrates.
You can do it! The fact that you will begin to feel better will be reinforcing and will help you stay on track!
Helping you achieve Major Wellness in your life!
Cheryl A Major, CNWC