Is Sugar Sabotaging Your Mental Health?

Is Sugar Sabotaging Your Mental Health_
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We all love sugar.

There’s a reason why so many processed food manufacturers like to add it to their foods.

We love it.

And the more we get of it, the more we love it, and the more we need it…

And on and on the cycle goes.

The question is, how vicious is this cycle when it comes to your mental health?

Maybe more than you think.

Studying postmenopausal women who participated in the Women’s Health Initiative Observational Study from 1994 to 1998, researchers examined many things, not the least of which was the relation between added sugar consumption and incident depression.

The results, published in August 2015 in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, were significant.

Specifically, they found that those who consumed the most added sugars had 23% higher odds of incident depression than those who consumed the least.

If this result can be replicated, that is a very significant number.

Fortunately, it is also very easy to combat.

Depression is currently the leading cause of disability in the United States among those between the ages of 15-44.

It is a major problem that infects not only individuals, but society itself.

If significantly reducing the odds of depression can be as simple as reducing added sugars in our diets, that is astoundingly good news.

The benefits of reducing added sugars go way beyond mental health, so don’t be afraid to take a look at your diet and see where you can make these minor changes that can lead to major breakthroughs.

Be sure to talk to your doctors about how this can help you and, as always, never make any changes to medication or other prescriptions without talking to your doctor first.

And no matter what you’re eating, always be grateful for it!

Here’s to your mental health!


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  1. I have tried to cut down on sugar and I have to say it is hard to do as when you do you feel weak and tired.

    I have managed to lower my daily sugar intake by drinking ginger tea with no sugar instead of tea or coffee I do still drink soft drinks though but avoid high sugar intake I do have more on the weekend but in the week I tend to eat healthy.

  2. Pursuit of Great

    For sure, there is often a period of time where you may have to wean yourself off or push through some mental or energy barriers. Definitely easier said than done, but coming up with creative substitutes like you have is a big key!

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