What You Are Eating Is Probably Making You Depressed

Rates of anxiety and depression continue to rise throughout the United States, as the national average has climbed to nearly 20% of the adult population currently experiencing at least a mild issue with their mental health.

Many people are pointing at the pandemic as the main reason why this rate continues to climb, but the fact of the matter is that the rates of reported depression among adults have been climbing steadily for years, even despite an “astounding increase in antidepressant use by Americans,” according to Harvard Medical School.

So what else could be causing the mental health dilemma in this country? Well, as the old adage goes, you are what you eat, and most Americans are eating a diet that directly contributes to an increased risk of depression.

How Your Diet Affects Your Mental Health

Many scientific studies have been done to explore the link between our diet and our mental health. The Journal of Nutrition published a study in 2019 that found that a pro-inflammatory diet was directly associated with a higher risk of depression, while a separate study (published in 2020) found that:

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3 Healthy Foods To Help You Fight Seasonal Depression

Shorter days. Less sunlight. Not quite feeling yourself.

That’s what happens during the winter months for many people, and it’s common for most that experience it to write it off as the “winter blues.” But for millions of people each year, it goes deeper than that: they actually deal with a bout of depression during the season changes.

Seasonal depression, sometimes known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (or SAD), affects over 10 million people each year, with an estimated 25 million more having a milder case of the “winter blues.”

Scientists have pinpointed the root cause of seasonal depression,

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Autumn’s Effect On Sleep, Anxiety, Depression, & Health

The skyline of burnt orange, rich gold, and rustic red make the trees resemble a chalk drawing that’s so exquisite that you’re afraid to touch it for fear of smudging the image. The pumpkins adorn the thresholds, and the smell of sweet cinnamon is second only to the sights of people sipping apple cider, sitting around the bonfire, and cheering under the Friday night lights. It’s autumn, and your cozy sweaters are ready to report for duty.

The above description of autumn is nostalgic;

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Slip on Your Holiday Armor: Combatting Post-Holiday Depression is a Battle You Can Win

Like a deflated balloon dragging behind a child, many meet the post-holiday months feeling lifeless and without the sense of purpose, they had just days before.

October through December homes fill with a bustle of activity. Decorating. Shopping. Baking. Cooking. Wrapping. Party-planning. Gift-giving. Visiting. Hosting. School and work events. Social calendars make even the most introverted look like social butterflies with bullhorns. These social calendars give us moments that lift us up and moments that reminded us why family isn’t always defined by the branches on a family tree.

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Healthy diet linked to lower odds of depression

In June 2019, researchers in Korea published a study in the peer-reviewed journal Current Developments in Nutrition, showing a connection between diet and depression.

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This diet may reduce anxiety, distress & depression

In June 2019, the peer-review journal Nutritional Neuroscience published a study by researchers in Canada and Iran that shows a connection between diet and mental health.

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Pro-inflammation diet could raise depression risk by 15%

In June 2019, The Journal of Nutrition published the findings of researchers in France who had investigated any connection between a pro-inflammation diet and depression risk.

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This diet may reduce depression and distress

In May 2019, the peer-reviewed journal Journal of Affective Disorders published a study in which researchers from Canada and Iran reported a link between diet and mental health.

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This vitamin connected to depression during pregnancy

In May 2019, the peer-reviewed journal Research in Nursing & Health published a study in which researchers from the United States reported a link between vitamin B12 levels and depression among pregnant women.

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Yet another reason to not drink soft drinks.

In 2017, researchers in China recruited over 8,000 university students in a study exploring links between soft drink consumption and mental health. They published the results of that study earlier this month in the peer-reviewed journal Public Health Nutrition.

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