mood disorders

  1. Foods that will ruin your mood

    When I get a patient facing depression, one of the first things I do -- before I run a single test -- is ask what they've been eating.

    And most of the time, the answer to that question tells me everything I need to know -- because people who eat garbage usually end up with a mood down in the dumps.

    This food-mood connection has been proven time and again. And now, a new study out of Europe on nearly 9,000 people finds that a steady junk-food habit can boost your risk of depression by up to 51 percent.

    The two specific categories with the strongest links to depression were fast food like burgers and pizza and processed pastries such as donuts and croissants.

    It didn't take much, either, because the researchers say patients with even a moderate junk habit had a higher risk of depression than those who ate better foods.

    The only flaw here is that the consumption levels were tracked using a food frequency questionnaire -- a fairly weak form of research that relies on people to recall not only what they ate, but how much and how often they ate it.

    And, as you might imagine, people have a tendency to lie on those things to make it seem like they have better habits than they really do.

    Still, there's something to this -- because it's been proven by stronger studies, and it's not hard to see why. Junk food is completely lacking in the nutrients your body needs to function... especially your brain.

    What's more, empty carbs can cause your sugar levels to fluctuate wildly -- elevating your mood briefly, and then bringing it crashing back down.

    And let's not forget that many people have hidden or undiagnosed food sensitivities that cause or worsen depression and other mood disorders -- and the ingredients and chemicals used in junk food are often the culprit.

    Junk in the diet also creates body fat -- and excess body fat can cause your hormones to go haywire. And yes, hormonal imbalances are also a major cause of depression.

    I've found that any number of supposedly mental disorders can be cured, or at least dramatically improved, through better diet -- including depression, anxiety, and ADHD.

    From food to drink -- I've got something brewing next that you definitely want to see. Keep reading!

  2. Our dark journey into depression

    We already know that mood disorders are running rampant in America – but it may be a lot worse than anyone thought.

    I was alarmed when I read the numbers in Psychological Science: Half of all young adults suffer from anxiety disorders, 41 percent of them experience major depression, and a third are drinking too much.

    These numbers double previous estimates.

    It doesn't take much to put two and two together on this one. These disorders are on the rise as our diets and lifestyles are at their worst. There's a direct relationship, and I'll tell you more about that in a moment.

    But right now, I'm more concerned by this survey. Assuming the new numbers are accurate, and I have no reason to doubt them yet, the problem here is not the stats. It's how they'll be used – to push antidepressants.

    Armed with this new information, Big Pharma could try to market these sometimes nnecessary drugs to "at-risk" people who show no signs of mental illness. They'll tell you it's a protective measure, but you and I both know their real dream is to sell these meds to every single one of us.

    Antidepressants are some of Big Pharma's most profitable drugs – and some of the most dangerous. Already, 27 million Americans take them, and now the drug lords will be working overtime to make sure the other 270 million of us join them, or at least have a chance to take one of their other equally bad mood meds.

    They want us to believe that mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety can strike anyone out of the clear blue sky, and the only possible solution comes in a pill bottle.

    But mental disorders don't strike suddenly and for no reason. Some folks think that stress, relationship problems, or the loss of a job – situations we all face, all the time – can cause these conditions, and in some cases that may be true.

    For the most part, however, these mental illnesses are caused by nutritional and hormonal deficiencies. Our diets aren't just making us fatter, they're literally rotting our brains, and that's especially true of our younger generations who've been raised on nutrition-free processed foods.

    Keep eating that way into adulthood – as many do – and you'll find your brain practically starving. No wonder so many people end up mentally ill.

    And there is not a single drug – not even one – that can fix it.

    So if you're battling mental illness, work with your doctor to find the real solution. Eat right and avoid carbs. In some cases, you may need specific nutrients or hormones to help correct the deficiency – the lack of essential fatty acids, methyl donors, tryptophan and the B vitamins are often at the heart of the problem.

    The most important thing is that you give your brain the food it needs – not a drug that will hurt it even more.

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