Another reason to drop the sugar addiction! Depression linked to inflammation? There have been some interesting studies done in the past few years about how potentially high levels of cytokines are found in those with depressive disorders. Cytokines are molecules that help us regulate our inflammation and immune systems. Some studies are showing that adding an anti-inflammatory medication to antidepressants can be helpful however this typical pharma approach is not entirely efficacious in all the studies conducted.
Also, did you know that Serotonin, our bodies “HAPPY HORMONE” is made in the gut and not in the brain? Keeping your gut healthy means higher levels of feeling good!
Here’s a novel idea…regulate your inflammation, immune responses and happiness through proper eating! As in, drop the sugar addiction and start eating foods that can support your physical and emotional systems. Challenge yourself to become aware of how you actually feel AFTER you eat instead of being regulated by your cravings BEFOREHAND. Maybe keep a journal and write down the food that you eat and how your mood is 15 min / 30 min / 60 min after your meal. This might give you a clue on what can be contributing to you feeling down or achey.
Don’t know what foods can help with inflammation?
Here are some suggestions:
Blue and Red berries: reduces inflammatory marker TNF-alpha
Wild Salmon: boosts your omega fatty acids
Fresh ginger: contains a compound called gingerol that combats inflammation
Sweet Potatoes: high in C, E and carotenoids
Tart cherries: great for arthritic conditions
Cruciferous veggies: (kale, arugula, broccoli, bok choy, brussel sprouts) are all rich in sulfur and forces your liver to go through two detox cycles
Walnuts: they contain the highest concentration of plant based Omega 3s