Diet and nutrition often appears to be such a complex topic. Knowing the right things to eat in order to maintain the optimum health of our bodies, both inside and out, can take a while to get to grips with. However, once you get there and you understand what’s good, what’s bad, what you need and what you don’t, then there are no limits to how great you can feel physically. However, the same thing also applies when considering your mental and emotional wellbeing.
The foods that you eat will have a great impact on your mood, making it all the more important that you choose wisely. Several ingredients found in common food items can have a serious impact on the nervous system which will not only affect energy levels but can also leave you feeling anxious and depressed. When considering this, one of the biggest problems is that even the smallest amounts of these ingredients can have cause these things to occur. That means that if you’re not avoiding these ingredients entirely then you’re at risk of disturbing your mood each and every day.
So, what ingredients am I referring to specifically?
First of all, sugar. It’s absolutely no secret that I detest this as such a huge part of the modern day diet. When it comes to processed and packaged foods, it is included in abundance and it is making us sicker and fatter the more we continue to consume it. It wreaks havoc with the pancreas and the liver, often leading to insulin resistance. Over consumption of sugar can quickly cause diabetes as well as severe problems with your thyroid gland. It will also cause blood sugar levels to spike which will then mean an imminent crash – and with this crash will come with an irritable mood. Sugar is best avoided altogether or at least only consumed in small, sensible portions rarely.
The next major culprit is white flour. You might think that you don’t consume that much white flour but it is frequently used in things like soup and salad dressing as a thickening agent. It does crazy things to our blood glucose levels without providing any real nutrition. Consuming white flour will quickly cause mood swings and can also actually leave you feeling hungrier than before. The best way to avoid the detrimental effects of white flour is to choose whole grain varieties.
Refined oils can also have a huge impact on our mood when we include them in our diet. Refined oils contain high levels of trans fat which will increase levels of bad (LDL) cholesterol in the body. These kinds of oils will also cause you to gain weight easily. As they are difficult to digest, you will find your body sapped of energy which will of course leave you feeling unhappy and tired. Choose unrefined oils instead, such as coconut oil, olive oil or flax seed oil. You’ll soon notice the difference in your mood and your health!