There is a strong link to sugar for both diabetes and depression. Both are influenced by serotonin, a hormone of great interest because of its ability to determine depression.
When we eat sugar, our bodies produce insulin, a hormone. This is not an isolated mechanism, however. The carbs also stimulate the body to produce serotonin. More complex: the insulin increases the body’s ability to move proteins away from a particular receptor that reads for tryptophan, which is the precursor and controller of serotonin. Basically, sugar clears the path for tryptophan to enter the brain.
So, that would be good, right? A high carb diet would make people feel better.
The only problem is that Type 2 Diabetics have the highest rate of depression and the lowest rate of serotonin production of all diseases.
A high carb diet doesn’t actually make people feel better.
- Insulin is a short acting hormone
- When insulin production slows, we demand more sugars
- This stimulates more insulin production
o This is the sugar highs and lows diabetics go through
o It causes high A1C levels
o It causes high blood glucose levels
o It destroys the pancreas
o It causes insulin resistance
o It causes neuropathy
- Slowly, the body becomes dependent on sugar for serotonin production, abandoning other natural stimulants
- As the body becomes insulin resistant, tryptophan can’t get to it’s receptor
o This is the start of depression
Many psychologists and It’s called a low carb, natural foods diet.
This diet works because of the increased availability of tryptophan in the diet and a steady amount of insulin in the blood.
In low carb eating, the body is able to slow the absorption of sugars and release of insulin, thus extending the time in which insulin remains in the blood. The diet is richer in foods containing tryptophan, because it is a natural diet, not because it contains more meat. In fact, in proper low-carb diets, there is a reduction in the amount of meat eaten at any one point, and a total reduction of meats. The quality is vastly improved, and we require less to meet our needs. In proper low carb plans, bacon, deli meats, and ham are banned because they are low quality foods.
As the body adjusts to the lower amounts of sugars on a daily basis, the body begins to behave more naturally. The insulin works slower, and time allows more tryptophan to be exposed to the receptors. Where there is more tryptophan, there is more serotonin production.
People on proper low-carb diets are happier and healthier. A person should work with a nutritionist who is experienced with low-carb diets before attempting them.
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