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Sugar Intake and Depression

When I’m depressed, I reach for comfort foods first; foods like chocolate, ice cream, pizza, mac n cheese, and flavored coffee drinks full of sugar and cream. These foods are great, and they are comforting in the emotional moment, but they don’t make you feel good for long. In fact, they can end up making you feel worse in the long run.

Foods full of sugar are just going to spike your blood sugar and eventually cause a crash. 

This will cause symptoms like irritability, anxiety, dizziness, fatigue and poor concentration. All symptoms common in depression.

It’s no wonder I was feeling so sluggish with a poor diet on top of depression.

I’m not saying that eating sugar will cause depression. However, there is significant scientific evidence that eating excess sugar can contribute to depression, and make it worse if you are already struggling with it.

Our bodies were never meant to consume the amount of sugar that most people do on a daily basis.

If you are going to eat sugar, make sure it is in moderation, and make sure you are eating a balanced diet along with it.

Sugar Intake and Depression

Caiti Gearsbeck

Caitlin is an advocate for mental health awareness and suicide prevention and lives with a diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder. She is passionate about spreading awareness and sharing her story and hopes to help others living with mental illness feel less alone in their journey.


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Gearsbeck, C. (2018). Sugar Intake and Depression. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 18, 2018, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/millennial/2018/02/sugar-intake-and-depression/

 

Last updated: 25 Feb 2018
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 25 Feb 2018
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