|Junk Food May Cause Depression
Current world-wide estimates of depression run from 120 million cases to 340 million cases. These numbers are staggering. Many factors trigger a risk of depression. Some of these factors — such as adverse life events, the loss of a loved one, and family history — are difficult to avoid. However, there is one simple change everybody can make that dramatically lowers the risk of developing depression: avoiding junk food.
Why might junk food cause depression? Some evidence points to the types of “unhealthy fats” abundant in fast food, commercial baked goods and fried foods. These disease-causing fats, known as “trans-fats,” produce destructive free radical chemicals in the body.
A 2011 study conducted in Spain demonstrates that a diet high in trans-fats triggers depression. On the other hand, consuming olive oil lowers the risk.
Your doctor at Chiropractic for Life encourages patients to adopt the chiropractic lifestyle. This is a way of life that focuses on natural disease prevention, including regular chiropractic visits, exercise, stress-reduction and nutrition. All of these components ward off a myriad of diseases, including emotional problems like depression.Dr. Barbara Smith