Foods That Can Trigger Depression Symptoms
Artificial Sweeteners And MSG
Research shows the additives aspartame and monosodium glutamate (MSG) alter the balance between neurotransmitters in the brain, which may contribute to depression. One study found aspartame collects in cells and causes DNA damage. Artificial sweeteners, such as aspartame and sucralose, cannot be easily digested by the human body, and when in the body, wreck havoc. For one, artificial sweeteners confuse hormones and change the body's microbiome, and can lead to many metabolic syndromes like insulin resistance and diabetes. Drinking beverages that contain artificial sweeteners have been linked to obesity, which may also contribute to feelings of depression. Overall, artificial sweeteners and sugar in general causes inflammation, which is one of the most severe risk factors for depression. In place of these foods and drinks, individuals should choose herbal teas and alkaline mineral antioxidant water to help flush toxins from the body and promote psychological wellness.