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5 WAYS A POOR QUALITY DIET CAN CAUSE DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY
Unbalanced blood sugars
When we are consuming sugary and processed foods, we run into the obstacle of balancing our blood sugars. Low blood sugars can lead to adrenaline surges which oftentimes mimics the experience of anxiety.
Inflammation is theorized to be one of the main causes of issues with our mental health. If what we consume includes high inflammatory foods, or we do not obtain enough omega 3 (through supplements on a whole-food plant based diet), our bodies and our brains become inflamed.
As you can read in my ‘About Me’ page, I always stress that we are what we eat. If we are constantly inhaling poor quality foods, we become at risk for being deficient in those important nutrients. It has been studied that the deficiency in Omega 3, Vitamin B12, iron and folate cause symptoms of depression and anxiety.
Here is another underlying cause that may be affecting your mental health. Oxidative stress is basically the “rusting” of the brain and body. We need to include antioxidants into our diets through fruits and vegetables to reduce the “rusting.”
Poor Gut Health
Good gut health= good mental health. It really is that simple! If we are eating unhealthy and supplying our bodies with a twisted balance of good and bad bacteria-> this is going to affect our mental health. Sure, eating a tub of ice cream might make you feel better in the moment, but the following consequences are what we should be concerned about.
CONTRIBUTED BY PHILADELPHIA THERAPIST, LEEOR GAL, MFT