Here are 7 types of food that you should say goodbye to for better mental health.
Refined sugar: that chocolate bar might taste delicious but that rush of energy will come crashing down after 20 minutes when your blood sugar levels plummet. Some refer to this is a "sugar hangover" that ultimately disrupts your mood, depletes your energy levels and is linked to sleep disorders.
Artificial sweeteners: intense sweeteners such as Aspartame are no good, especially if you are prone to depression. Why? It blocks the production of serotonin and can cause moodiness, headaches and insomnia. Artificial sweeteners such as NutraSweet and Equal are also bad news.
Processed food: refined and processed food such as white bread, cereal, pasta, snack food and other packaged food, cause the same blood sugar plummet that eating a packet of jelly beans will do! After the initial boost you'll end up fatigued, irritated and feeling not-so-on-top-of-the-world.
Hydrogenated oils: this is another reason to stay away from fried chicken, fried calamari, french fries, etc. The saturated fats found in deli meats, high-fat dairy, butter etc will also contribute to clogged arteries and prevent blood flow to your brain.
Foods high in sodium: too much sodium can disrupt your neurological system, contributing to poor mental health. It can also affect your immune system response causing fatigue. In addition to this, sodium is a huge contributor to fluid retention and bloating - just another reason to cut back on the salt!
Alcohol: alcohol is a (central nervous system) depressant. Put simply - it is absolutely no good for your mental health. Your central nervous system takes control of your senses, controlling motor functions, thinking, understanding, emotions and reasoning. Alcohol slows all these processes and exacerbates symptoms associated with depression. Steer clear!
Caffeine: According to some experts, that 'trusty' cup of coffee is contributing to poor mental health. After-all, caffeine disrupts sleep, makes it difficult to get to sleep and makes it tricky to stay asleep - each of these disturbances can affect your mood.
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Source: Psych Central