Doughnuts should be renamed “trans fat nuts.” Those chocolate-sprinkled morning pastries taste delicious but can be chock-full of trans fatty acids, notorious “bad” fats that can trigger negative biological reactions that increase the risk of mood changes. A diet high in trans fats can increase risk of depression, according to WebMD. Here are some more everyday habits that up your risk for depression.
Who doesn’t love a refreshing sip of sweet bubbly? Sadly, the more sugar you ingest, the more inflamed your body becomes. What’s wrong with inflammation? A study published in Psychiatry, a journal of the American Medical Association, found that depression is linked with higher levels of inflammation in the brain. To satisfy your sweet tooth, eat a few ounces of dark chocolate instead, which has little to no sugar and is a superfood in its own right.
It’s not the potato that’s the problem—it’s the salt. High-sodium diets cause bloating that, while not technically a medical problem, can put you in a lousy mood. To help combat a salty diet, drink lots of water. These are the things psychologists wish people knew about depression.