Love to be happy and smiling? Do you like to drink soda (diet or regular), Slurpee, ice tea, fruit drinks or consume cakes, flans, and more? Here is a shocking truth (a depressing one too). A recent study presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s Annual Meeting shows that people who drink sugary drinks are prone to have depression. Not only that, but ANY food and beverage that are sugary can also make us be depressed.
The Relationship of Sugar with Depression
Now I know you guys are already confused about the relation of sugar with our emotions. Actually consuming a lot of sugar will give you sudden peaks and troughs because of the amount of glucose that’s going in your blood. Your brain will depend on the supply of glucose that causes anxiety, fatigue, depression, and aggressive behavior.
The supply of chromium, another nutrient that is involved in mood, also is being diverted by sugar. It is a vital mineral for keeping your blood sugar level stable because of insulin. Insulin clears the glucose in your blood.
To find out if you are already experiencing the same things, here are the following symptoms of your sugary depression:
- Poor concentration
- Blurred vision
- Digestive disturbances
- Excessive sweating
- Excessive thirst
Talking about a personal experience, I didn’t know that sugary foods are really this bad for your health. I love sweets and probably can’t live without one too. I analyzed my situation the moment I read about Depression and its connection to sweets. I get easily depressed and cry without a reason, I get easily irritated; I tend to forget things even its common sense, and always have a problem with my digestion.
Make Use Of Food Journals
Food Journals are a great way to keep you aware of whatever you take in your body. Food Journals are often used to know your food allergies. It gives you an idea of what are the foods that you eat and connecting it to how you feel after eating it.
Keep your blood sugar levels in check
There are a lot of ways where you can maintain your blood sugar levels stable. Some of the things you can do are:
- Eat whole grains, potatoes, beans, roots, and vegetables. These foods can help improve insulin sensitivity.
- Eat foods with high fiber and less sugar. Carbohydrates slow down the absorption of glucose and decrease possible insulin rises.
- Always eat breakfast. Eating breakfast helps insulin to lower blood glucose levels.
- Make sure that you eat 3 times a day at regular intervals. Your blood sugar drops when you’re starving. So when you eat, you flood your system with glucose, forcing your pancreas to release more insulin.
- Lose weight. It improves insulin’s activity, which reduces blood glucose levels.