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Food and Depression – Is There a Link?

Posted Aug 29 2012 8:32am

Among the several reasons why people suffer from depression is the fact that they consume alcohol, drugs or steroids to a large extent.

Of course, conflict (and the eventual breakdown) in relationships, with divorce being one of them, also contribute to full-blown depression.

Speaking of depression , viewing Life negatively is probably one of the most difficult symptoms that patients and doctors have to deal with – and which requires a lot of patience, compassion and the right medication.

Yet intriguingly, fast food also contributes to depression (not clinical in nature), as recent studies have shown.

Food and Depression – Does a Link Exist?

Shouldn't it be obvious by now that a link exists between food and depression ?

Well, if doctors recommend certain foods to patients that help fight depression, shouldn't the converse be true as well?

Meaning to say, in eating certain foods, one is prone to increase the risk of depression in their lives, due to the unhealthy food that they eat.

We all know what alcohol and certain drugs can do to you… in terms of energy and mood swings, don't we? Other than just getting you drunk and horny…

Strangely enough, caffeine and sugar have also been found to contribute to an increased risk in depression… and the list goes on and one…

But in recent times, all this was just speculation until the link between food and depression has been verified, thank to the number of studies.

So here is a summary to these food and depression studies that have been conducted in recent times.

Food and Depression Studies – A Summary

Among the numerous studies that have been conducted by the universities of Melbourne, Navarra, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and Granada have found is that there is a distinct link between food and depression over the past few years.

Most, if not all these studies point to the fact that the ingestion of both trans and saturated fats (by eating fast food) lead to an increase in risk of depression among other issues that crop up.

And while these studies might be serious in nature – Morgan Spurlock's SuperSize Me movie is yet another grim reminder of what happens when one has way too much fast food, if only for a month or so.

Yet another Italian study which explored the link between suicide and food found that almost every one of those who committed suicide either had too low or high level of dietary fat especially of the animal fat variety.

Do you need any more evidence to link these aspects?

Didn't think so.

It should be pretty clear by now that whether you don't eat well or eat way too much, depression is sure to result from such poor dietary habits.

So, it's probably a good idea to take a closer look at what you are eating – especially in terms of junk food.

In Closing

And if you've been guilty of binging on junk food for a while now, it isn't too late to make a change. It never is. Just begin with little baby steps armed with this knowledge…

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