It’s been established that factors such as diet can have a profound impact on mental health. Poor diet and poor digestive health have caused an epidemic of nutritional deficiencies. These foods below cause inflammation and are not healthy for the brain.
Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, rye, and some oats. Inability to digest this protein not only has a negative impact on your digestive health but your mental health as well. Gluten can contribute to anxiety in several ways.
According to Harvard Medical School,
“The brain has a direct effect on the stomach. For example, the very thought of eating can release the stomach’s juices before food gets there. This connection goes both ways. A troubled intestine can send signals to the brain, just as a troubled brain can send signals to the gut. Therefore, a person’s stomach or intestinal distress can be the cause or the product of anxiety, stress, or depression. That’s because the brain and the gastrointestinal (GI) system are intimately connected”
The Maryland Psychiatric Research Center at University of Maryland School of Medicine discovered that,
“Various types of anxiety are associated with gluten intolerance. One study found that CD patients were significantly more likely to have state anxiety when compared to controls, and that after 1 year on a gluten-free diet, there was a significant improvement in state anxiety symptoms [source]. Other anxiety disorders such as social phobia and panic disorder have been linked to gluten response. Addolorato and colleagues [source] reported that a significantly higher proportion of CD patients had social phobia compared to normal controls. Additionally, a higher lifetime prevalence of panic disorder has been found in CD patients and new studies have confirmed the increased association between CD and anxiety .” Source
When sugar levels swing from high to low, your hormones, adrenaline and cortisol, are released, which can cause anxiety and panic
A 1985 study published in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology found that reducing sugar intake had a positive impact on emotions:
“… Subjects reported many symptoms and/or presented a distressed profile during baseline assessment. However, following a 2-wk dietary change symptoms declined, and the MMPI or POMS profiles reflected a more stable and less distressed individual.
Results suggest that a dietary change can remediate the emotional distress exhibited by some individuals…”
These vegetable oils such as soy oil are genetically modified. Genetically modified soy contains a pesticide called Bacillus thuringiensis injected directly into the seed. It cannot be washed off. Continued consumption of a food product containing pesticides can cause permanent neurological damage that can cause the symptoms of mental disease.
GMOs can cause intestinal permeability, further damaging the gut. So that’s the first reason to avoid these oils.
These oils are dangerously low in omega-3 and extremely high in omega-6, which leads to inflammation of the body and brain.When your omega-3 intake is inadequate, your nerve cells become stiff and more prone to inflammation as the missing omega-3 fats are substituted with cholesterol and omega-6 instead. Once your nerve cells become rigid and inflamed, proper neurotransmission from cell to cell and within cells become compromised.