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Junk Food May Cause Depression

Junk Food May Cause Depression

Current world-wide estimates of depression run from 120 million cases to 340 million cases.  These numbers are staggering.  Many factors trigger a risk of depression.  Some of these factors — such as adverse life events, the loss of a loved one, and family history — are difficult to avoid.  However, there is one simple change everybody can make that dramatically lowers the risk of developing depression:  avoiding junk food.

Why might junk food cause depression?  Some evidence points to the types of “unhealthy fats” abundant in fast food, commercial baked goods and fried foods.  These disease-causing fats, known as “trans-fats,” produce destructive free radical chemicals in the body.

A 2011 study conducted in Spain demonstrates that a diet high in trans-fats triggers depression.  On the other hand, consuming olive oil lowers the risk.

Your doctor at Chiropractic for Life encourages patients to adopt the chiropractic lifestyle.  This is a way of life that focuses on natural disease prevention, including regular chiropractic visits, exercise, stress-reduction and nutrition.  All of these components ward off a myriad of diseases, including emotional problems like depression.Dr. Barbara Smith
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