Food and Your Mood. What is the connection?
Everybody knows the importance of eating a well-balanced nutritious diet for your physical health and wellbeing. However, not everyone understands how the food you eat can affect your mood and your mental health.
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Consequently, understanding what to eat and why is imperative. Of course, there may be times where simply changing your diet cannot alter your mood and you may need further professional intervention be it by talk therapy, ketamine therapy, or prescription medication, all of which are best discussed with the professionals.
In the first instance, however, here are some pointers on how food can affect your mood.
Regular feelings of low energy and lethargy are bound to have an adverse consequence on your mood and these feelings can commonly be bought about by the foods you eat. If your blood sugar drops you might start to feel tired, irritable, and even depressed. You can avoid this by eating regularly and choosing foods that release energy slowly throughout the day. This will help regulate your sugar levels. Foods such as rice, oats, pasta, and cereals are great examples. Avoid high sugary food and drinks as these will cause your sugar levels to spike and crash leaving you feeling the slump.
If you notice a dip in your ability to concentrate throughout the day, ask yourself if you may need more water. If you haven’t had enough water it can affect your concentration levels, cause headaches and even constipation. It is recommended that you drink 6 – 8 glasses of water every day.
As well, be mindful to limit your caffeine intake as this will be counterproductive. Caffeine is a stimulant so it will give you a quick burst of energy but the after effects can leave you feeling anxious or depressed. Consuming caffeine too close to bedtime can also have an adverse affect the quality of sleep you are getting.
Thoughts and feelings
In foods that are high in protein you will find a supplement called amino acids. Amino acids make up a chemical in the brain that help to regulate thoughts and feelings so consuming protein rich food can do wonders to help keep you feeling balanced. They also leave you feeling fuller for longer, so don’t be tempted to cut out on proteins. Proteins can be found in meats, fish, legumes, and nuts and seeds.
There are lots of foods you can eat that leave you feeling better but there are also foods that can leave you feeling uncomfortable and sluggish. Foods with high levels of saturated fat or that are nutrient dense and calorie high may taste great but can often leave you feeling, uncomfortable, bloated and lethargic. You don’t need to avoid these foods completely but be mindful of the adverse feelings they might leave you with and impact they have on your mood and productivity.
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