Ever eat sweet foods that make you giddy one second and grumpy/tired the next?
Did you know that up to 95% of the serotonin (the "sense of well-being" brain hormone or neurotransmitter) in the body is found in the gut? That means that your food and digestive process can and will affect your mood.
Food is not only fuel for our bodies but also raw material for the building blocks to make neurotransmitters that dictate how we feel and therefore, behave.
The most common causes of bad moods related to foods are the following:
High sugar foods (including alcohol)
Highly processed foods
Perfectly healthy foods that you are just not good for you - perhaps because you have an allergy or intolerance to these.
High sugar foods can briefly increase your energy and mood but once your blood sugar comes down, you're often left feeling tired, grumpy and craving more sugar.
Foods that are high in trans-fats are very inflammatory and can diminish your brain's ability to use anti-inflammatory and neuro-protective healthy fats, like omega-3's.
Hight processed foods are not only full of sugar and unhealthy fats but also preservatives, additives and food colorings. They are often stripped of the vitamins and minerals needed to produce adequate amounts of the raw materials that affect your brain chemistry and dictate how you feel.
Having an intolerance to a certain food, no matter how healthy it is, would mean that it is contributing to inflammation in your gut and therefore compromising the amount of serotonin you have in both your gut and brain. This can contribute to irritability, depression, anxiety as well as digestive symptoms similar to irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) like cramping, diarrhea or constipation.
The best way to help improve your mood is to be sure your diet is healthy, well-balanced (lean proteins, complex carbohydrates in the form of whole grains and vegetables) and well portioned.
Beyond basic dietary standards, you can investigate possible food allergy/intoleranceor neurotrasnmitter level testing. You might also want to consider whether supplementation in the form of natural digestive aids, amino acids, herbal remedies and healthy fats would be appropriate to help your body reach balance.
Here's to your health,