We are what we eat. Better yet, like Dr. Axe is used to saying, “we are what we digest”. The foods we eat affects both our human and microbial cells, changing the collection of trillions of beneficial bacteria in our guts, called the microbiome. When we consume inflammatory foods on a daily basis they increase intestinal permeability, named leaky gut, harm the microbiome which leads to a chronic inflammation and then, guess what….DEPRESSION.
Below you will find 4 inflammatory food that you should cut out of your daily diet or at least, reduce as much as you can.
This sticky protein found in wheat, barley, bulgur, rye, seitan, triticale and Mir (a cross between wheat and rye), can irritate the gut and gut microbes as well as intestinal tissues and also it causes gut cells to produce a compound called zonulin, leading to intestinal permeability, the leaky gut, which is again, linked to depression and other mental issues, like anxiety, ADHD and even nerve damage, anxiety, headaches and seizures. Important: This can happen even if you are not diagnosed with celiac disease.
Casein, which is the protein found in dairy products, can produce inflammation and it is linked to different psychiatric conditions, like schizophrenia and depression. Dairy is not a problem for everyone, but if you are having anxiety moments or depression, try to eliminate for 30 days to see some differences in your mood. When introducing dairy again into your diet, you will notice if you can tolerate or not.
Not only cooking with these oils (canola, corn, soy, safflower, sunflower oils) or products made with them, like salad dressing, mayo, hummus…. Can be really harmful for your health. Just think, how do the companies extract oil from seeds? They need to use a long process as well as chemical solvents to produce them, and also many of these oils are made from GMOs. The consumption of these oils is related to not only depression, but cardiovascular diseases, cancer, thyroid dysfunction and nutrient deficiencies.
Last, but not least, we couldn’t leave out of this list the most addicted food, sugar and artificial sugar. We know it tastes good, but our bodies were not designed to handle the super high amount of sugar in the blood and the insulin ups and downs, which lead to hypoglycemia, responsible for carb and sugar cravings, creating irritability, headaches, anxiety and again, depression. And besides that, sugar can cause inflammation. Important: artificial sugar might not have calories or they are low in calories, but the effects in your body are the same as sugar.
The answer for that? An anti-inflammatory diet with vitamins and antioxidants, healthy fats, and high-quality protein. Are you depressed? Schedule your first FREE health coaching session with me here!