Monday, 18 June 2018

14 Worst Foods to Avoid Depression and Stress

 The food we consume every day plays a major role in our health, as the nutrients and energy help our body to grow and develop. But not every food we eat is good for our health especially when it comes to our anxiety and depression. 


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When we think about anxiety the first thing that comes to our mind is chocolates, that too dark ones without much sugar and milk solids as we've been consuming them to feel a bit better whenever something is making us too anxious. While food items like chocolates help us in coping up with anxiety or stress, there are several food items that have the exact opposite effect i.e, worsen your state of mind. And as we wouldn't want that, here are some common food items that should be avoided if you're already feeling uneasy.



1) Fruit Juice- As we know that fruit juice is beneficial for health, but not everytime juice's gonna help your body to boost up.

If juice isn't having sources of growing food (i.e full of proteins) and lacks fibers then this could affect your body's blood sugar level and eventually, it will lead you to dizziness and moodiness. 


2) Artificial Sweeteners-  According to the research, it showed that consuming sugar in large amount causes obesity and other health issues. As of today, thousands of products are flooded in the market with artificial sweeteners in them while having zero calories, which make the diet drinks and other snacks sweeter. 


But many of you won't be knowing that the ingredient that is found in diet drinks and other zero calories snacks is Aspartame (APM) which is an artificial non-sweetener used as a sugar substitute, has a tendency to stop the production of the neurotransmitter serotonin and hence seen to cause mood swings, depression, and insomnia. 


3) Caffeine- Caffeine influences anxiety and can also worsen if not consumed wisely. Caffeine increases the dopamine production in the brain that makes you feel better (150-200 mg of caffeine is basically large coffee) which results in increases the stress hormones that will affect your body like increased heart rates and blood pressure. Moreover it also increases muscle tension, a common symptom of anxiety.


Therefore,  adding a caffeine in your daily life will only trigger your anxiety. It even messes up with your sleeping patterns. So, try to avoid any caffeinated drinks and have a cup of green tea instead. 


4) Alcohol-  Alcohol is the most common drug consumed by people worldwide. Alcohol consumption and anxiety are quite often connected with one another because the main reason behind people drink is just to get rid of stress or mental disturbances. This may seem like an instant escape from reality but later on the chronic alcohol abuse can make their anxiety worse.


Moreover, alcohol consumers have a higher risk of circulatory system complications such as heart failure, high blood pressure, strokes, etc. Also, it will make your immune system weak.


5) Sugar- According to an article which was published in Diabetologia (Medical Journal), the researchers came to know that when the blood glucose levels increase in the body, the levels of protein which is essential for the growth of synapses and neurons falls down, consequently putting you at higher risk of depression, anxiety, and diabetes as well.


6) Tofu-   A rich source of protein also known as bean curd, made from soy. All soy products contain toxins and antinutrients plus the amount of copper present in a soy has a higher tendency to provoke your anxiety level. 


But if you are a tofu lover and don't wanna skip a single day without tofu, you can try the fermented one's i.e, natto or tamari which are easy to digest and wouldn't make you dizzy.



7) Canned Soup-   A chemical known as Bisphenol A (BPA) is used in most of the plastic containers and canned food liners. It can imbalance the stress-meditating portion of the brain which can further impact the higher risk of anxiety. 



In sight to this, a study showed in University of California- Berkeley that children who were exposed to BPA  in early ages had more common symptoms of anxiety and other mental health issues. So you might wanna consider putting it off the table.



8) White Food- Food such as white rice, white bread, pasta, cakes, processed white bread, etc are generally carbs and the effect they produce is called insulin dumping. 


And it has been found insulin upsurge triggers the depression and anxiety in many people. Also the refinded products can cause vitamin B1 (thiamine) deficiency, which leads to symptoms of anxiety and emotional instability.


9) Fried Food- Fried food! Hellyeah, though it is easy to cook and rich in taste but contributes to making your anxiety and depression worst. Sounds terrible. Right?


You must be wondering HOW?

Well, eating fried food blocks the arteries with fats and thus reduced the blood flow to the brain as well as in the whole body. When oxygen, enzymes, nutrients, and neurotransmitter and other chemical carried by blood into the brain, the hypothalamus (part of the brain that controls stress and mood) ain't perform properly.



10) Energy Drinks- Energy drinks can make you feel like energetic for an hour but the hidden ingredients such as guarana cause sleep issues and increase your anxiety.


Additionally, artificial sweeteners and sugar are also added to make energy drink sweeter that we have already discussed in 2nd and  5th points.


So start avoiding energy drinks from today they are not good enough for your health. Better you can have a glass of water.



11) Selenium- As Selenium is good for health but a new study at the University of Otago showed a strong bond between selenium levels that are too high or too low can put a person at higher risk of depression.


Know more about Selenium and depression click here at NCBI 


12) High Sodium Foods- High sodium foods are no more good for health. To make a food tastier we all add some amount of salt to our food, though salt plays a vital role in regulating water in our body also it is helpful for proper muscle growth. But foods such as Pizza, yeast bread, plain milk, tacos, pasta mixed dishes, bacon, sausages, etc contains the higher amount of sodium is ain't good for your health and could trigger your anxiety.


Moreover consuming high sodium foods could be the reason for higher risk of high blood pressure and heart attack as well. 


13)Salt- Just like sugar, large amounts of salt over a time can deplete your body of potassium, which is essential for proper functioning of the nervous system. Also, the diets which come under being salty will surely increase your blood pressure, making your heart working faster and this results in release of stress hormones causing a instant feel of the and anxiety.

So, alternatives like herbs should be used in place of salt to give that delicious feel in dishes which turns out be healthy for both your physical and mental state.


14) Junk Food- In today's world, we are caught up in our busy schedules, and most of us choose junk food as to save time and to have that instant energy. On a stressful day, even if you consume your favourite pizza or burger to feel good, chances are you will end up feeling bloated and anxious.

According to a study, the population whose diet is junk food is found to be more depressed with unhealthy mental health in comparison to those whose diet is traditional. So try to minimise the junk food intake whenever healthy options are available.


Also read Foods That Help Depression and Anxiety 





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