Diet, Inflammation And Depression Are Linked

Type 2 diabetes is an inflammatory autoimmune disease that is often caused by obesity. It affects the liver, pancreas and vascular system. The good news is Type 2 diabetes can be reversed with proper diet. That being said, a common, often overlooked issue with diabetes, as well as other autoimmune diseases is anger, anxiety and sadness. With diabetics for example, when blood glucose levels get either too high, or too low, moods can swing back and forth and may vary between general grouchiness or irritability to violence (especially, during low blood sugars, when the diabetic has little control over who they are.) Ever wonder why that is? 

A recent landmark danish study proved that mood disorders co-occur with forty-five percent of those diagnosed with autoimmune disease. The one thing that links inflammation and depression, particularly in autoimmune disease is inflammation. As I've written in my book EAT! Empower Adjust Triumph! Lose Ridiculous Weight, inflammation, as a response, is always protective, except when it's chronic. 

Chronic inflammation can result in joint pain, flare ups of ulcerative colitis, lupus, anemia, Celiac and Crohn’s diseases. According to the study, inflammation also co-occurs with the incidence of bipolar disorder, depression, psychotic depression, and other mood disorders.

Another team of Danish researchers published in JAMA Psychiatry also showed that elevated levels of a C-reactive protein—which the body produces in response to inflammation in the blood, are associated with an “increased risk for psychological distress and depression." But let's go a little deeper. Could it be that inflammation due to improper diet can affect mood? 

Researchers at the University of North Carolina say yes, and have proven that eating fast and processed junk foods are the highest cause of tissue inflammation in animal studies, since obesity is an important driving force of inflammation. A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, also found "a progressively higher dietary glycemic index to be associated with increasing odds of incident depression."   

Here's the good news.  Studies have also proven that a healthy diet is significantly associated with reduced odds of depression, since a diet high is nature's fast foods, has both a positive impact on gut health, overall immunity and mood. The trick is to swap out fast and processed junk foods in your diet with the fastest foods on earth --  nature's fast foods. Nature's foods are readily available, require little to no prep or cooking, are efficiently digested and highly nourishing. Eating nature's fast foods will positively affect overall health and mood.