Junk Food Blues: How Are Depression and Diet Related?

Your diet and your mental health can be related more than you think. There are several studies that stated that people who eat a lot of meat, sweets, fried food, refined sugars, and high-fat dairy are more likely to show symptoms of depression. Luckily, it can all be fixed or improved with some healthy eating habits. So, here’s how junk food affects your depression and a good clean diet can cure it.

What came first?

Depression or a bad diet? What causes what? Let’s break it down. Depression is often pushing sufferers to adopt unhealthy eating habits which can result in pretty common dietary patterns associated with depression like reduced appetite, binge-eating on sugary and fatty foods and skipping meals.

Diet can also be a good indicator of your risk and levels of depression. People who often eat a lot of junk food, fat and carbs are at more risk of developing symptoms of depression. On the other hand, diets like the Mediterranean which contains a lot of vegetables, lean meat, fish, olive oil, fish and antioxidants is connected to better mood and emotion control. Plus, this diet is low in calories, so it’s a perfect choice for those trying to shed extra pounds and get into shape.

What to munch on

While there are diets specifically made for boosting one’s mental health and neurological activity, you don’t necessarily need to see an expert. If you adopt the Mediterranean way of eating (which is rich in groceries available all over the world) you can reduce many of your symptoms and alleviate your mood.

While there are many foods great for human health, vitamins, minerals and nutrients from protein are especially important for the support of the brain. Make sure to keep your nutrients high by taking plenty of antioxidants from raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, and apples. Ensure your vitamin B levels are optimal by eating at least two to three eggs a week and preparing lean meat like poultry, fish, and oysters. Whole grains, avocado, and milk are also rich in vitamin B.

Omega-3 fatty acids from fish, nuts, and seeds will also ensure optimal brain function, especially when accompanied with selenium from whole grains, nuts, seafood, and organ meats. Another thing you can add to your diet is CBD oil. If you buy your product from respectable suppliers, CBD for anxiety can be easily mixed with food and beverages you make at home. For instance, add it to your smoothie, coffee or baked goods and let it positively influence your appetite, pain, sleep, stress responses, mood, motivation and more.

What to avoid

Certain substances harm your mental and your physical health, so they should be eliminated from your diet. Luckily, the list isn’t huge and you can always find some healthier alternative to replace these harmful foods. If you suffer from depression, do limit your intake of alcohol and caffeine. Another “drug” that people with depression often eat too much is sugar. Minimize your intake of candy, cake, and other sweets and stick to dark chocolate to satisfy your sweet tooth. Highly-processed foods, as well as high-fat dairy, should also be consumed in minimal amounts.

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Can Apple Cider Vinegar Treat Gout?

Apple cider vinegar is a sour liquid made from fermented apple products. Many people believe that it is a cure-all for a variety of health conditions, including gout, and some research does suggest that it could be beneficial.

Gout is a type of inflammatory arthritis that occurs when uric acid crystals build up in the joints. These crystals typically cause redness, pain, and swelling in the joints and tissues surrounding them, especially in the lower limbs.

In a 2016 study, researchers gave male rats on a high-fat diet 7 milliliters (ml) of apple cider vinegar per kilogram of body weight each day. After 30 days, there was a significant reduction in the animals’ food intake and body weight.

In the same study, apple cider vinegar also lowered blood sugar levels and improved serum lipid profiles by reducing the levels of circulating cholesterol, triglycerides, and low-density lipoproteins.

Also, in a 2017 study, mice on a high-fat diet received high doses of palm vinegar containing 4% acetic acid. They ate less and experienced a reduction in body weight, fat deposits, and inflammation as well as a change in their gut microbial composition.

People have historically used apple cider vinegar in folk medicine for diabetes. Recent studies suggest that vinegar consumption may help improve insulin sensitivity in people with and without diabetes.

Risks

While apple cider vinegar is generally safe to consume, people should be aware of the risks and take precautions.

One study found that people who consumed apple cider vinegar weekly were 10 times more likely to experience severe erosive tooth damage.

Also, a 2012 study found that a 15-year-old girl who drank a glass of apple cider vinegar daily experienced erosive tooth decay.

Diluting apple cider vinegar drinks reduces the amount of exposure that the teeth and mouth get to acid. Drinking the mixture with a reusable straw may also minimize acid exposure.

Read more at Medical News Today

Africa Doesn’t Need Genetically Modified Mosquitoes

Some scientists have proposed genetically modified (GM) mosquitoes as a solution to controlling malaria, a scourge that has been around for centuries and is spread by mosquitoes.

I am skeptical that this is the answer.

Through CRISPR technology, a gene that prevents procreation is inserted in the lab and is passed on to mosquitoes in the wild. In essence, it rapidly transmits a sterilizing mutation through other members of the mosquito’s species, eventually wiping out the insects.

Creating GM mosquitoes is a contentious topic. Supporters of the technology consider it a huge step forward in the war against mosquitoes and by extension, vector-borne diseases like malaria, dengue, yellow fever, and Zika. Critics of the idea, however, say it is dangerous to manipulate the DNA of any animal, and that experimentation could bring disastrous consequences that are yet unknown.

Africans should be included in these discussions. They should be allowed to have a say concerning a technology that could affect them and generations yet unborn if something should go wrong. Africans should have been consulted before the mosquitoes were created in the first place.

Read the full article at Scientific American