It’s been said that if a person follows a diet, they’re always hungry and in turn, angry and annoyed. But sometimes our irascibility turns into depression. It might not necessarily be connected with hunger but rather from a change in your eating patterns. When we start keeping a diet, we usually focus on getting rid of excess weight and completely forget that our bodies need lots of microelements to be healthy.
Bright Side has decided to find out why our eating patterns can cause depression. Here are 5 signs indicating that your diet is affecting your health and mood.
5. Menstrual problems
This sign indicates one of the most common issues when it comes to hormonal problems. These hormones are responsible for our metabolism and if a hormonal imbalance occurs, it can cause depression. If you think your thyroid is failing to work normally, you should go visit an endocrinologist. In most cases, the reason for this is a lack of iodine in the body. But even if we eat many products containing iodine, it may still not be enough. So it’s recommended to take iodine supplements (don’t forget to consult your doctor first).
4. Memory problems
Omega-3 is a fatty acid that helps our brains work properly, concentrate, and remember important things. If your body experiences an omega-3 deficiency, it starts absorbing more trans fats. Scientists have proven that such fats can cause depression. If your depression is accompanied by memory problems, try to consume more omega-3. This acid is contained in: fish nuts (especially walnuts) oils (especially flax oil) sprouted wheat grains
3. Leg cramps
You have to pay attention to your diet if you start experiencing recurring leg cramps. This may indicate that you need more magnesium which helps activate enzymes responsible for serotonin production (that’s why you feel depressed). In cases of a lack of magnesium and depression, doctors usually recommend magnesium-rich medications. In cases of minor deviations, you may consume foods enriched with elements contained in: pumpkin seeds peas pine nuts
2. Loss of appetite, fatigue, shortness of breath
A loss of appetite can really make a person who wants to lose weight happy. But it may also be accompanied by shortness of breath and fatigue, which aren’t good at all. These symptoms indicate that your body is experiencing iron deficiency anemia which causes depression. You can solve this problem by consuming iron-rich supplements or foods like: liver (beef or pork) kidney (beef, lamb, veal, or pork) octopus soybeans
1. Bowel disorders
If you follow an unhealthy diet, your gut will soon let you know. It’s important to remember that the intestine is an organ where lots of significant hormones are produced. For example, serotonin, a hormone of happiness, is produced in the small intestine. If you feel depressed and experience gut problems, try to control the amount of zinc that you consume (it’s also responsible for healthy digestion). Zinc is contained in: wheat germs cheese (especially ricotta, cheddar, mozzarella, and gouda) meat (especially liver and beef) seafood (especially oysters)
Bonus: A drink to clean out your colon
Did you know that it’s really important to clean out our intestines from time to time? Don’t worry, it’s not scary at all! We’d like to share a great recipe for a drink that you can make at home. You’ll need: a pineapple a cucumber an apple aloe vera Mix all the ingredients in a blender and enjoy your healthy and incredibly tasty drink. Your intestines will definitely thank you.
We want to remind you that depression isn’t the only possible side effect of an unhealthy diet. So if you notice any changes, you should go see a doctor. Don’t forget to let your doctor know that you keep a diet.
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