depressing foods

Researchers at University College London published findings that eating processed, fatty food increases the risk of depression.

One group in the study of 3,486 people ate whole foods (mostly fresh vegetables, fruits, and fish) and the other ate fried food, processed meat, dairy, and desserts. Researchers controlled for factors like exercise and smoking, and even so, they found those with a processed diet had a 58 percent higher rate of depression.

Findings were published in the British Journal of Psychiatry.

Why? The study doesn’t know, so this is me making educated guesses. A clogged digestive tract (eating a low-fiber diet) leads to lower energy, which leads to an inability to complete tasks and discouragement.

Sugar and other processed food taxes and burns out the adrenals needed for stable mood.

Lack of micronutrients starves cells all the way to organs (brain, blood, bone, and more).

As blood pressure, constipation, energy depletion, enzyme depletion, weight creep, and hundreds of other issues compound, depression seems an almost inevitable result.

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  1. If I could retweet this then yeah I would…hint hint.

    But anyway I think the biggest testimony of this is how I feel eating the way I do versus how I used to feel. I used to always get depressed. I left my mission early because my mood was so unstable. Sad thing too…(another story for some other day)

    I also (somewhat recently) realized that I could immediately get out of a depressed funk when I was fully hydrated. If I just drank two big glasses of pure water then my mood would suddenly be elevated. AMAZING!

  2. Hi Robyne,

    Your theory makes sense.

    I would add one more thought (based on my own experience): If I find myself eating poorly, I’m fully aware of it – there is no denying that I’m eating junk. This may result in an overall negative feeling about myself to begin with, which may subconsciously contribute to depression.

    I also have to second what Tricia, above, said about being properly hydrated. I really don’t think most people have any idea how important it is to be truly hydrated.

  3. Does anyone know if there is a natural way to detoxify your kidneys or improve kidney functioning? My husband is experiencing kidney troubles and is having an ultrasound on his kidneys today. He is getting into the greensmoothie 12 step program with me and wanted me to ask.

  4. Susan, There is a product made by the Dr. Christopher company called kidney formula. I have used many of their products and am pleased with all of them. All of their products are made from organic herbs.

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