Most people know fast food is not the healthiest choice...but usually it’s the fat, sugar and empty calories that people squawk about.
Well, it gets a lot worse than that.
Because a study published in the journal Public Health Nutrition showed that eating fast food is linked to a greater likelihood of suffering from depression.
To the tune of a 51 percent increase in risk!
In addition, the researchers noted a "dose-response relationship"--meaning the more fast food you eat, the greater your risk of depression.
Hmmm...and Mc Donald's calls those little boxed dinners heavily marketed to kids "Happy" meals?
The only thing "happy" about those health-wrecking packages of nutrient-poor garbage are the stockholders when they see the increase in EPS.
And don’t even go there with me that they now offer apple slices instead of fries or fruit drinks instead of soda. It’s still mainly processed garbage.
Watch out for Debbie too!
Studies have also been done on commercial baked goods and snack cakes and the results are equally disturbing.
A researcher was quoted as saying, "Even eating small quantities is linked to a significantly higher chance of developing depression."
One study sample consisted of 8,964 participants that had never been diagnosed with depression or taken antidepressants. They were followed for an average of 6 months, and at the end of the study period 493 (1 out of 20!) were diagnosed with depression or started taking antidepressants.
So the next time you give your kid a "Little Debbie" or a Hostess Twinkie (or indulge in one yourself) think about not only how it could affect your waistline but also your MIND!
The first step to depression prevention
As alarming as the studies and statistics I quoted above are, they should be no surprise.
They're just further evidence of the undeniable connection between food and mood!
And if you want to do all you can to help prevent depression, or to help turn it around if you are suffering with it, it's easier than you think.
You just need to take a closer look at what depression-triggering deficiencies you might have and do something about them!
Here are 4 possibilities to consider:
Depression-triggering deficiency #1- Lacking nutrients from real foods
Many people who suffer from depressive disorders are deficient in numerous vitamins and minerals, especially B-complex vitamins, zinc and magnesium.
Fast food and processed snacks/sweets are grossly lacking in ANY appreciable nutrients...so the more you eat of them, the more of these nutrients you are lacking.
And the more likely you are to be depressed as a result!
But when you make food your medicine and get the nutrients you need, your body and mind can function SO much better.
You can accomplish these important goals simply by following the guidelines in the Great Taste No Pain health system.
Great Taste No Pain is not a diet--it's an eating lifestyle that helps you attain more efficient digestion, less gas, bloating and constipation, and better nutrient absorption. All it involves are a few simple adjustments to the foods you pair together in meals.
Plus it delivers on the “great taste” promise too—because you’ll get a collection of scrumptious, easy recipes featuring wholesome real foods.
Depression-triggering deficiency #2- Omega-3 EFAs
Fast and processed foods are also grossly deficient in Omega-3 essential fatty acids.
This is detrimental because Omega-3 EFAs are CRUCIAL to mental health! Your brain absolutely must have them to function properly.
It didn't used to be this way. Back in our grandparents' day all the Omega-3 EFAs they needed were obtained naturally from their diets.
But because of our current prevalence of processed/fast foods, plus vegetable oils, farm-raised fish and meat from grain-fed animals (which are heavy in Omega-6 EFAs but have few or no Omega-3 EFAs), most people are lacking the Omega-3 EFAs their minds so desperately need.
That's why supplementation with a top-quality Omega-3 fish oil formula like VitalMega-3 can make such a difference in your physical AND mental health.
VitalMega-3 is a top-quality fish oil formula that delivers a much-needed, brain-appreciated 1,200 mg of Omega-3s in every daily two-capsule serving.
Depression-triggering deficiency #3- Vitamin B12
When your Vitamin B12 level runs low, that can cause a wide range of symptoms from head to toe including:
- Lack of energy
- Memory problems
- Constipation or diarrhea
- Vision problems
- Weakened immune system
- Mental fog or confusion
DEPRESSION AND MOOD SWINGS!
Current studies show that as many as 1 out of 4 people may have or are close to developing a Vitamin B12 deficiency, but don't know it.
But the good news is a B12 deficiency is extremely easy to tackle. All you need is an effective B12 supplement that your body can effectively absorb.
And Hydroxaden 2.5 delivers on both!
Hydroxaden 2.5 is a convenient vitamin B12 spray that gives you a daily dose of one the most powerful forms of Vitamin B12 (hydroxocobalamin).
Just five sprays under your tongue give you a full 2.5 mg. of B12 (that quickly gets into your blood stream) to boost your energy, help sharpen your mind, enhance your immune system and...
Help fight depression!
Depression-triggering deficiency #4- Vitamin D
It’s no coincidence that many people’s depression symptoms worsen over the winter and others suffer from seasonal affective disorder. With the lack of sunlight, people’s bodies can’t make the vitamin D their bodies and minds so desperately need.
What makes this worse is even in the warmer months, people slather themselves in sunscreen and block the sunrays their bodies must use to manufacture vitamin D!
Add onto this the fact that food sources of vitamin D are limited—so you have a “perfect storm” of factors rolling out the red carpet for vitamin D deficiency and depression!
But you can help your body get the vitamin D it needs by getting 20-30 minutes of unprotective sun exposure (weather permitting), and supplementing with an outstanding product like Optimum DK Formula with FruiteX-B.
Optimum DK Formula provides a therapeutic dose of 5,000 IUs of vitamin D3, plus the added help of vitamins K1 and K2, and the mineral boron. All of these nutrients work together to help support strong mental, cardiovascular, bone and immune health!
If you or someone you love suffers from depression, don't think that dangerous antidepressants are the only answer...or that you're destined to feel miserable.
Instead take a close look at your diet, correct what deficiencies you might have, and start feeling a whole lot better fast!
To your health,