December is the month of the holidays when we party with friends and colleagues, with family gatherings and sumptuous holiday meals. At this time of year, we overdo it with sweets, Christmas desserts, and treats. According to a new study published in the journal Medical Hypotheses, the dramatic increase in consumption of sweets and desserts will not only have an adverse effect on your waistline, but can also lead to holiday depression.
Researchers at the University of Kansas have analyzed a wide variety of data related to the physiological effects of consuming sugar, which is present in a number of holiday recipes. They came to the conclusion that eating too much sugar around the holidays can have an effect similar to that of alcohol abuse.
Alcohol is based on empty calories, clean, nutritional- free energy that is toxic in high doses. Sugars have a very similar effect on the body. When it comes to depression, they have a stake in the process.
When the brain needs nutrients and receives pure, simple sugars, it abruptly and suddenly releases happiness hormones, which, however, soon decline as well. Fluctuations in the levels of these biochemicals can lead to holiday depression, seasonal depression or anxiety. This is especially true for people who are prone to seasonal depression.
When sweets consumed in large quantities, they act as a drug, cause weight gain, worsen mood, and unlock inflammatory processes in various tissues in the body. Another interesting observation from scientists is that some people who have developed depression have high levels of systemic inflammation in the body.
In order to protect yourself from the high risk of depression around the holidays, try not to overdo it with harmful foods and alcohol. Use them in moderation, and do not stop moving to compensate for the fast calories taken.