Depression: Is Your Diet Making You Moody And Irritable
30 Sep 2017
Depression is often blamed on chemical imbalances and hormones, but what if your diet plays a role too? In fact, it might be sugar that is turning your mood sour. Research from University College London found that increased levels of sugar may lead to mood disorder.
Depression, sugar and your mind
What many don’t understand is that there are a bunch of ways sugar can mess with your mind and your mood. For example, high sugar intake can reduce your levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF). This is a protein that forms part of the growth and development of your brain cells. Sugar causes inflammation in the body at a cellular level of which the brain is not exempt. As a result of this chronic inflammation, your insulin response becomes erratic and this can cause your mood and your hormones to go west.
“There are numerous factors that influence chances for mood disorders, but having a diet high in sugary foods and drinks might be the straw that breaks the camel’s back,” study author Anika Knüppel, Ph.D. (c) – Men’s Health
What is not clear is whether reducing your sugar consumption can help reverse or even improve symptoms of a poor mood. Because symptoms of depression or anxiety can be debilitating a doctors visit should probably be your first course of action. It stands to reason that you should include regular tests for blood sugar and potential diabetes too.
Sugar and other health risks
1. Heart disease
Overloading on sugar causes an increase in your triglyceride levels and results in elevated blood pressure all precursors to cardiovascular disease
High sugar levels increase the production of the hormone insulin, which in turn, increases sebum, or oil, production in your skin. This triggers the onset of breakouts and can worsen conditions like acne.
In conclusion, limit your sugar intake and consult your doctor to ensure that you know the source of depression and can rule out sugar as a culprit. Include a healthy eating plan, which includes mood boosting foods.