The Standard American #Diet
(a.k.a.sad) is probably the most appropriately named diet for the very reason that it contains nearly every contributing factor necessary for #mentalillness
to occur. Let's take a look at some of the components of SAD, and why they're such a problem:
🍔🍟🍩 Foods high in calories but low in #nutritionalvalue
can result in an #unhealthybrain
and a suffering mood. Eating nutrient-rich foods that nourish the brain are essential to its health and functioning, and are vital to a healthy emotional state.
🍭🍬🎂 Sugar is a major cause of #depression
. If you want to #feelhappier
, try cutting processed #sugars
out of your #diet
, and opt for a healthier sugar (such as fruit) instead.
🥛🧀🌭 Inflammation is one of the leading cause of disease. While inflammation isn't inherently a bad thing (inflammation in a healthy body is an immune response that promotes healing), when the immune system overreacts and begins attacking healthy tissue, it can result in an autoimmune disease such as leaky gut, celiac disease, fibromyalgia, or arthritis. Inflammation also contributes to mental health disorders such as depression and anxiety. Avoiding inflammatory foods such as refined sugars, gluten, casein, processed meats, fried foods, fast foods, refined carbs, and lard can help relieve these symptoms.
Gluten 🥐🍞🥖🍝 American's consumption of gluten has increased by over 45% in recent years. In addition to contributing to inflammation, most gluten is a GMO, and now has little to no nutritional value. It also contains phytic acid, which affects the absorption of necessary minerals such as magnesium, calcium, and zinc.
🍕🥓🍖 Studies show that #saturatedfats
and trans fats can significantly increase the likelihood of depression, and should be avoided for an optimal mood and overall health. Avoiding fried foods, processed meats, and heavy butters and creams can help improve symptoms of depression.
Toxins, medications, and antibiotics 🥃🥂🍸💊🚬 Many medications have harmful #sideeffects
. In the case of many anti depressantsfor example, some of the side effects include increased dept