Beat Depression and Anxiety with the McDougall Diet

What is the McDougall Diet?

The McDougall Diet is the dietary plan for optimal health. It is used for the recovery of chronic ill health problems and diseases, often with amazing results. For long term benefits, people switch to the McDougall diet permanently. No healthy person ever died from a lack of pharmaceutical drugs but people die or become chronically ill from a lack of healthful, earth-based foods.

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The 'back to basics' diet follows the principle that in order to attain full health, humans need to eat the foods they were designed to eat. Namely, lots of fruit and vegetables, whole grain products like wholewheat pasta and bread and plenty of spices. Sugar and salt should be reduced and meat fish, diary and oils should be excluded. This is because meat and dairy have high levels of 'bad' cholesterol and fat and they contain too much protein. Due to mass farming techniques they may also contain antibiotic residues and other harmful chemicals. Oils are advised against because they are liquid fats that cause obesity and immune system deregulation.

In addition to eating natural, vegan food, a person following the McDougall Diet plan should go for a walk every day. Vigorious exercise is not required, just gentle, sensible exercise.

Modern Day Epidemics and Their Link to Food

McDougall Program - Anti DepressionModern populations are increasingly overweight, fatigued, allergic and depressed on a fast food, omnivorous diet. The obesity problem has got so bad that the World Health Organization refer to it as 'globesity' and report that there are 200 million obese people worldwide. Depression and anxiety have become so prevalent that suicide is the top accidental death – more people in the U.S die by suicide than those who die in road traffic accidents. This may be because anxiety and depression can be caused by
inflammation.

Once thought of as merely psychiatric disorders, it is now known that there is often an organic cause for mental illness and distress. Depressive symptoms can be induced in animals with agents that trigger an inflammatory response. It is the brain's response to a chronic, low grade inflammation and chronic low grade activation of cell mediated immunity. In other words, in many cases, depression is an auto-immune disease and it can be caused by the foods we eat.

The Hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis  is activated during times of stress and this activation can dysregulate adrenal and metabolic function, resulting in tiredness and weight gain. There is a saying 'you are what you eat' and that saying is literally true. If a person eats lots of processed foods and pro-inflammatory foods then they will become inflamed, anxious and possibly overweight.

Foods that cause inflammation include sugar, a 'sweet poison' that triggers the release of inflammatory cytokines, saturated fats like pizza, cheese and red meat, trans fats from oils, margarines and 'junk'snack foods like cookies and donuts, refined carbs such as white bread, white rice and pasta, crackers and french fries and chemical additives like monosodium glutamate (MSG) that has an adverse
effect on liver health and can start off a chronic inflammatory process, as well as being a deeply addictive food additive.

Essential Amino Acid Tryptophan

The essential amino acid tryptophan is converted in the brain into serotonin, a neurotransmitter that regulates responses to vision, smell, taste, and inter-personal relationships with others. It is key to how humans perceive each other, their sexual drive and their moods. Low levels of serotonin are thought to make a person more susceptible to depression. Large molecule amino acids from meats and other high fat foods can prevent tryptophan getting through to the brain as the gate between the blood stream and the brain fluids is very small. This means that the larger molecules from meat will get through at the expense of some of the tryptophan. Less of the amino acid means less is converted to serotonin, putting the person at risk of anxiety and psychiatric disorders.

 

Vegans are Less Stressed

A research study published in Nutritional Neuroscience supported the theory that a plant based diet is good for our psychology when they reported that vegans had less stress  and anxiety than those that ate meat and vegetables. After studying 228 omnivores, 109 vegetarians and 283 vegans, scientists found that men reported lower anxiety if they ate a vegan diet with daily fruit and vegetable intake and women reported less anxiety if they had a vegan diet and reduced their consumption of 'sweet' treats.

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Depression and Food Allergy

Dr. McDougall – the founder of the McDougall Diet – suggests that some cases of depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia are actually food allergy in disguise, most commonly reactions to milk and gluten products. Researchers at John Hopkin's University, Bloomsburg School of Public Health found that people
with celiac disease are three times more likely to develop schizophrenia. Some schizophrenics have been cured by removing milk or gluten from their diet and the lead scientist estimated that 3% of cases of schizophrenia
could be reversed with a gluten free diet.

Reverse Depression Now

If you have depression or you're affected by anxiety, you may be able to
reverse it by –

   – Having your doctor check for inflammatory diseases that may be
   triggering your depression.

   – Getting your doctor to check any medications you are taking. Some can
   cause depression.

   – Having a check of your thyroid function – undiagnosed thyroid disease
   can cause mood and energy changes.

   – Go for a walk at least once a day.

   – Reduce or stop your caffeine and alcohol intake.

   – Try the McDougall Diet – a vegan, plant-based diet that will give your
   body what it needs and help you detox. Dr. McDougall has a completely free
   diet program you can use to help you recover from chronic disease.

 

This is an article by Helen Garret 

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