Prolonged stress can have negative impacts on your health and your mood. Stress can cause hormonal reactions that can increase your risk of high blood pressure, fatigue, adrenal exhaustion and weight gain. What we eat and drink can impact our moods and how we are able to handle stress. Evaluate your diet to see if some of the foods you eat could be affecting your mood in a negative way.
Sugar can provide a quick boost of energy, but too much will put a severe load on the pancreas to produce more insulin, which builds up insulin resistance by the body's cells. Stay away from refined sugars and artificial sweeteners that take away from your health, and include naturally sweet fruits and vegetables that keep sugar cravings down and boost your nutrition. Limit your caffeine intake. Moderate amounts can enhance physical and mental performance, but too much can trigger anxiety, nervousness and mood swings.
Foods high in saturated and trans fats can make you feel sluggish and depressed. Steer clear of processed meats like hot dogs and bologna which are high in nitrates, which contribute to both tension and migraine headaches. That morning bagel could also be bringing you down! Processed white grains cause a quick rise in blood sugar levels that will soon drop, leaving you in a mid-morning slump! Try a whole grain slice of toast, balanced out with a protein like peanut butter to keep you energized.
Food does impact our moods in both positive and negative ways. Focus on nutrition that will help you "Feel Better and Live Longer!"
Jody Anderson, RN, CHC, AADP
Holistic Health and Nutrition Counselor
Succeed Health, LLC