Picky Eater

November 18, 2009, 12:12 am
Filed under: food, health

Food affects everyone differently. While some foods are natural mood boosters, some foods–if eaten in excess–can cause depression and anxiety. There are several links between certain foods and depression. One link from food to depression is food allergies. Often, these illnesses can be cured simply by avoiding certain foods all together.

There are several types of foods that can cause you to feel depressed and anxious. Foods high in protein yet low in fat and cholesterol can block the flow of serotonin to the brain. Foods that cause constipation and dump toxins into the liver will also result in depression.

Foods with a high caffeine content can cause insomnia and a lack of sleep, which can further lead to depression. Foods that can cause a lower level of serotonin in the brain are apples, nuts, avocados, peas, horse meat, eggs, milk and salmon. These foods will block serotonin levels and create a chemical imbalance in the brain. Highly caffeinated foods, such as coffee and tea, can cause insomnia. This can lead to anxiety, irritability and depression over a long period of time.

Foods that are heavily processed and high in sodium, such as fast food, canned food and pre-packaged dehydrated foods, can cause the liver and colon to dump toxins continually back into the body’s system. Choose you food for mood wisely.