A new study posted on Live Science Jan. 8, 2013 has found a link between soda and depression. The link is greater for diet soda drinkers. While the study proves a link there is no evidence at this point that says soda (diet or otherwise) causes depression, just that a person who drinks soda has a higher chance of developing depression and the more you drink the greater the link. On a brighter note, people who drink coffee (four or more cups a day) are ten percent likely to be diagnosed with depression.
Professionals in the mental health arena believe people with family history of depression and stressful life situations are more likely to be diagnosed with depression as these are the biggest predictors. Sometimes it is good to reduce the odds by eliminating things that show a connection to take a proactive step towards better mental health. You can read more details on the study here.
Eliminating diet sodas from your diet can also help with other areas of your life, including weight management according to another study published in 2012.
Coffee has also been shown to reduce the risk of cancer in a study done in 2012 details of which can be read here.
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Jami McDonald is a certified hypnotherapist and relationship coach. She has worked with many clients dealing with emotional challenges like depression. Check out her website here.